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. This story was later reprinted in the Marvel Comics Art of Wally Wood. 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.
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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 = ***


Jack Kirby


Wally Wood
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Jungle Jim #5
Thunder Agents v1 #13 tower silver age 1960s comic book cover art by Wally Wood
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Two-Fisted Tales #25

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.

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