Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ragman #1 - non-attributed Joe Kubert art, Kubert cover

Joe Kubert
Ragman v1 #1, 1976 - Ragman makes his first appearance in this issue, along with his prerequisite origin story. Joe Kubert's cover design borrows from an inside page, but its monochromatic washes dampen its impact. Although the interior art is credited to the Redondo Studio, it's clear Kubert provided some rough layouts. Pages 2-8 and 17 are most clearly consistent with his style (see interior page below). On pages 7-8, a rooftop battle is enhanced by strong vertical panels that suggest scale and height. Co-created by Kubert, Ragman also stands out for his unusually distinctive costume design. This is number 1 of 5 Ragman issues with Kubert art and/or covers. 
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Kubert cover pencils and inks = **
"Origin of the Tatterdemalion" Kubert art/layouts 17 pages = ***
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Joe Kubert

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