Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Blazing Combat #3 - Frank Frazetta cover, Alex Toth, Wally Wood art

Frank Frazetta
Blazing Combat v1 #3, 1966 - In contrast to his previous covers, Frank Frazetta's third painting for the series presents the somber aftermath of a bloody battle. Angelo Torres' "Combat Quiz" on the inside front cover is adequate but pales compared to the rest of the issue. A lone survivor of doomsday is the premise of Alex Toth's story, drawn in thick, roughly applied lines. Considered a classic by many, the panels are appropriately dark and claustrophobic. Intricately detailed planes fill much of Wally Wood's effort, a retelling of the Battle of Britain. The artwork is uncommonly precise and splendid in its portrayal of England's Royal Air Force. Other artists in this issue include Gene Colan, Reed Crandall, Gray Morrow, Joe Orlando and John Severin. This is number 3 of 4 Blazing Combat issues with Frazetta art and/or covers, number 3 of 4 Blazing Combat issues with Toth art and/or covers, number 1 of 2 Blazing Combat issues with Wood art and/or covers and number 3 of 4 Blazing Combat issues with Torres art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Frazetta, Toth, Wood or Blazing Combat issues. See also this blog's Frazetta checklist, Wood checklist, Toth checklist or Top 10 Frazetta comics.
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Frazetta cover painting = ***
"Survival" Toth story pencils and inks 6 pages (black and white) = ***
"Battle of Britain" Wood story pencils and inks 7 pages (black and white) = ****
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Wally Wood

Alex Toth
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