Sunday, March 2, 2014

Witching Hour #10 - Neal Adams cover, Alex Toth art

Neal Adams
Witching Hour v1 #10, 1970 - Neal Adams delivers his best cover of the series, inspired by a scene in the interior Alex Toth story. He creates an exceptionally eerie mood with a minimum of elements. The overwhelming use of black makes the highlights on the old man stand out even more. The story chronicles the life of a man who cruelly toyed with women in his youth. Toth delivers an exceptional work of finely rendered illustrations and masterful sequencing. The title page splash (see interior page below) is a masterpiece of composition. Foreground objects increase depth while drawing the reader in. Toth's simple framing pages suffer by comparison. Other artists in this issue include Gray Morrow. This is number 8 of 10 Witching Hour issues with Toth art and/or covers and number 5 of 8 Witching Hour issues with Adams art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Toth, Adams or Witching Hour issues. See also this blog's Adams checklist, Top 10 Adams comics or Toth checklist.
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Adams cover pencils and inks = *****
"Hold Softly, Hand of Death" Toth story pencils and inks 11 pages = *****
Toth framing pages pencils (Bill Draut inks) 2 pages = **

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Alex Toth
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More Toth posts:
Weird War #10
Four Color #1180
Adv, Into Darkness #5

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