8/26/12

Giant-size Man-Thing #4 - Frank Brunner art & cover, Steve Ditko reprint (1st Brunner Howard the Duck)

Giant-size Man-Thing v1 annual #4 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by Frank Brunner
Frank Brunner

Giant-size Man-Thing v1 #4, 1975 - An unmoving hand smolders while the Man-Thing looks on, entranced by the rising flame. Despite the graphics and text, Frank Brunner delivers one of his potent bronze age covers. Accompanying the Man-Thing feature is Howard the Duck's first solo tale, continued from events in Fear #19. Brunner does the artwork as well, depicting a cartoon character in a realistic world. There are panels influenced by Carl Barks' Donald Duck, but presented in a fresh, contemporary way (this story was later reprinted in Marvel Treasury #12). Rounding out the book is a fine Steve Ditko reprint from Strange Tales #72. Other artists in this issue include Ron Wilson, Ed Hannigan and Frank Springer. This is number 1 of 2 Giant Size Man-Thing issues with Brunner art and/or covers.
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Brunner cover pencils and inks = *****
"Frog Death" Brunner story pencils and inks 9 pages = ****


Giant-size Man-Thing v1 annual #4 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book page art by Frank Brunner
Frank Brunner
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