Sunday, March 31, 2013

Astonishing Tales #1 - Jack Kirby, Wally Wood art

Astonishing Tales v1 #1 featuring Ka-Zar and Dr. Doom, 1970 - A magazine article reveals the latest challenge for Kraven the Hunter, intent on capturing Ka-Zar's Sabre-Tooth tiger. Jack Kirby begins with an impressive splash, but the artwork begins to diminish from there. Panels are hurriedly laid out and the pacing too quick. In the second story, Dr. Doom plans to create a destructive new creature. Wally Wood's detailed opening splash sets an ominous tone. Subsequent pages are drawn and composed with carefully consideration. Medieval castles, lunar landscapes and an attractive woman all benefit from Wood's skills. Other artists in this issue include Marie Severin (cover). This is number 1 of 2 Astonishing Tales issues with Kirby art and/or covers and number 1 of 4 Astonishing Tales issues with Wood art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kirby, Wood, Astonishing Tales or Ka-zar issues. See also this blog's Kirby checklist or Wood checklist.
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"The Power of Ka-Zar" Kirby story pencils (Sam Grainger inks) 10 pages = **
"Unto You Is Born The Doomsman" Wood story pencils and inks 10 pages = ***

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Jack Kirby

Wally Wood
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More Wood posts:
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Thunder Agents v1 #13 tower silver age 1960s comic book cover art by Wally Wood
Thunder Agents #13
Two-Fisted Tales #25
More Kirby posts:
Weird Mystery #2
Captain America v1 #100 marvel comic book cover art by Jack Kirby
Captain America #100
True Bride-To-Be... #20

1 comment:

  1. Roy Thomas confirmed that Wallace Wood wrote his Dr. Doom stories but Stan Lee asked Roy to touch up the dialogue a bit to give it the Marvel "ring." Roy was shocked and embarrassed when the book came out credited to him. It was no surprise Wood left not long after.