Thursday, September 13, 2012

Cheyenne Kid #10 - Steve Ditko cover, Al Williamson art

Steve Ditko
Cheyenne Kid v1 #10, 1957 - An Al Williamson tale recounts the the events leading up to the massacre at Little Big Horn. The Cheyenne Kid is incorporated into this book-length story, divided into into three chapters. Williamson's initial drawings are less than adequate, coupled with largely tedious layouts. As the story progresses, the art makes marginal improvements, particularly in the characters' faces (this story was later reprinted in the book Al Williamson Forbidden Worlds). Steve Ditko, on the other hand, delivers an extraordinary cover. Complex but well organized, the artist conveys the overwhelming forces, the ferocity of their attack, and the hopelessness of General Custer's cause. Other artists in this issue include Bill Molno and Sal Trapani. This is number 1 of 5 Cheyenne Kid issues with Williamson art and/or covers and number 1 of 1 Cheyenne Kid issues with Ditko art and/or covers.
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Ditko cover pencils and inks = *****
"The Last Great Council",
"The Trap", and "The Battle of Little Big Horn" Williamson story pencils (Angelo Torres inks) 20 pages = **

Al Williamson
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