Saturday, September 6, 2014

Wartime Romances #4 - Matt Baker art & cover

Matt Baker
Wartime Romances v1 #4, 1952 - Matt Baker's multi-paneled cover is heavy in text and dialogue, but still manages clarity and hierarchy within the busy layout. The artist is also responsible for illustrating all five stories inside. Each features a young woman's search for love and commitment during wartime. Both drawings and page layouts are exceptionally crafted throughout the issue. Abundant in attractive faces and figures, the artist takes great care in the background details. Two tales, "I Was the Roving Kind" and "I Plunged into Trouble", especially benefit from their exotic locales. This is number 4 of 18 Wartime Romances issues with Baker art and/or covers.
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Baker cover pencils and inks = ***
"The True Love of a War Correspondent"
Baker story pencils (Ray Osrin inks) 8 pages = ****
"Road to Disgrace"
Baker story pencils (Ray Osrin inks) 6 pages = ****
"I Was the Roving Kind"
Baker story pencils (Ray Osrin inks) 7 pages = ****
"I Made False Promises"
Baker story pencils (Ray Osrin inks) 3 pages = ****
"I Plunged into Trouble"
Baker story pencils (Ray Osrin inks) 8 pages = ****

Matt Baker
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