Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Blazing Combat #4 - Frank Frazetta cover, Alex Toth, Wally Wood art

Frank Frazetta
Blazing Combat v1 #4, 1966 - A lone GI attacks an encroaching German tank on this straightforward Frank Frazetta cover. Ironically, the relatively mild violence also makes it the least aesthetically pleasing of the series. Inside, Alex Toth's tale of an old fighter pilot during the Korean War is a tad minimal yet surprisingly effective (see interior page below). Wally Wood also illustrates aerial combat in his effort, but with the exception of the detailed opening panel, the artwork is fairly tepid. Angelo Torres draws US paratroopers in a story executed in an ink and wash style rarely seen by the artist. The added dimension and interest partially offsets a loss in edginess. Other artists in this issue include Gene Colan, George Evans, Reed Crandall and John Severin. This is number 4 of 4 Blazing Combat issues with Frazetta art and/or covers, number 4 of 4 Blazing Combat issues with Toth art and/or covers and number 2 of 2 Blazing Combat issues with Wood art and/or covers.
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Frazetta cover painting = ***
"The Edge" Toth story pencils and inks 6 pages = ***
"ME-262" Wood story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***
"Easy Way to a Tuff Surfboard" Frazetta ad pencils and inks one half page = ***
(all pages above in black and white)

Wally Wood


Alex Toth
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More Toth posts:
Witching Hour #5
My Greatest Adv. #58
Crime and Punishment v1 #66 golden age crime comic book cover art by Alex Toth
Crime and Punish. #66


More Wood posts:
Journey into Myst. #39
Thunder Agents v1 #19 tower silver age 1960s comic book cover art by Wally Wood
Thunder Agents #19
Two-Fisted Tales #18

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