4/30/13

Battle #67 - Jack Kirby art & cover, Al Williamson art

Jack Kirby
Battle v1 #67, 1959 - Explosive title balloons substitute for firepower on this call-to-arms cover by Jack Kirby. Equally intense is his story of a small band of Marines, holding their position against a Nazi counter-attack. Kirby's drawings are appropriately violent and gritty. Less impressive is Al Williamson's effort, chronicling a former fighter pilot's role in the Berlin Airlift. Reed Crandall's pencils are somewhat stiffly rendered. With the exception of the first page (see interior page below), there is scant improvement from Williamson's inking. Other artists in this issue include Carl Burgos, Jack Davis, Joe Maneely and Joe Sinnott. This is number 4 of 7 Battle issues with Kirby art and/or covers and number 2 of 3 Battle issues with Williamson art and/or covers.
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Kirby cover pencils (Christopher Rule inks) = ***
"The Invincible Enemy
" Kirby story pencils (Christopher Rule inks) 5 pages = ***
"I Flew in the Berlin Airlift" Williamson story inks (
Reed Crandall pencils) 4 pages = **

Jack Kirby


Al Williamson
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