Thursday, January 2, 2014

Journey Into Mystery #43 - Al Williamson art, non-attributed Matt Baker art


Journey Into Mystery v1 #43, 1957 - In Al Williamson's tale, an older couple finds a strange meteor in their vastly rural area. His loosely drawn pencils are competent, but the inking lacks definition and clarity. Some price guides attribute the inks to Ralph Mayo, but I think this may have been inked by Gray Morrow or Williamson himself. The opening splash page, with its various shadows and textures, is the high point of the story. In another failed attribution, Matt Baker illustrates a tale about an unseen assassin. Grimly and seriously drawn, his characters' faces are especially memorable. This is number 2 of 4 Journey Into Mystery issues with Williamson art and/or covers and number 1 of 2 Journey Into Mystery issues with Baker art and/or covers. See today's posts, more Williamson, Baker or Journey Into Mystery issues. See also this blog's Williamson checklist or Baker checklist.
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"The Invisible Woman" Baker story pencils and inks 4 pages = ***
"Secret of the Strange Stone" Williamson story pencils (and inks?) 3 pages = **
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Matt Baker
Al Williamson
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More Baker posts:
Fightin Marines #5
Amazing Ghost Stories v1 #16 - Matt Baker 1950s golden age comic book cover art
Amaz. Ghost Stories #16
Pictorial Romances v1 #5  st. john romance comic book cover art by Matt Baker
Pict. Romances #5


More Williamson posts:
Forbidden Worlds #6
Gunsmoke West.#40
Gunsmoke #12

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