Saturday, August 21, 2010

About Pencil Ink

This blog showcases comic books from the 1940s-1990s, featuring artwork by Neal Adams, Bernie Wrightson, Frank Frazetta, Al Williamson, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Wally Wood, Carl Barks, Alex Toth and others. Each issue is rated and reviewed to help other comic book art fans build their collections.

I started reading and collecting comics back in the 1970s. While I enjoyed the stories, I was drawn mostly toward the artwork. While it was difficult to collect back issues, the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide was a valuable resource. However, it wasn't without its mis-attributions (credit given to the wrong artist) or non-attributions (artist work not credited) even today. Nor did it specify the story page-lengths, collaborators or relative quality of the work. Despite this, my 30 years of collecting have allowed me to see the majority of works by the selected artists.

Each issue is rated relative to the artist's body of work over the course of his (or her) career. Five stars (*****) indicate work of the highest aesthetic quality, four stars (****) mark an exceptional work above the artist's usual standards, three stars (***) are given for admirable works that meet expectations, two stars (**) signifies recognizable work by the artist but below expectations, while one star (*) conveys artwork that's virtually unrecognizable in style or an uncharacteristically poor effort by the artist.

Pencil Ink is intended to be an ongoing, continually expanding resource with the goal of including every comic by each of the featured artists. Feel free to browse through the artist checklistsseries checklistsartist galleriesoriginal artworks or my own top 10 lists. All covers and pages link to larger scans.

To my fellow collectors: good hunting!

-Teddy @ Pencil Ink


  1. Ted

    Enjoy your blog very much, thought you might enjoy the latest feature on Tony Robertson's STERANKO Fan-site (I'm the designer) feature is titled: COMPS TO FINISHED... enjoy and please feel free to share.

  2. I've been enjoying your blog since its inception, and while we definitely share a similar list of favorite artists, I wonder why yours doesn't include John Buscema. Being a huge fan, I'd love to read your insights about his late Silver Age / Early Bronze Age work :-)

  3. You should eye-peel for the 3 issues of the 1974 Mad/NatLamp mishmash mag "Harpoon". Within those pages lie bizarre stuff by Adams, Simonson & Starlin, plus maybe Ploog and Wrightson, too...