6/19/13

Battle #55 - Al Williamson art


Battle v1 #55, 1957 - Though relatively short, Al Williamson's story about a World War II tank battle is a masterpiece. The openness of his panels allow the reader to flow from one scene to the next, while others suggest the tank's claustrophobic nature. Williamson's exceptional drawings are further augmented by his precise inking. Shadows are meticulously rendered and placed to infuse dramatic tension at the right moments. Overall, the story is among the finest works of his career. This story has also been reprinted in War is Hell #1. Other artists in this issue include Gene Colan, Bob Powell, George Woodbridge and John Severin (cover). This is number 1 of 3 Battle issues with Williamson art and/or covers.
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"Helpless" Williamson story pencils (Roy Krenkel inks) 5 pages = *****

Al Williamson
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