Saturday, June 17, 2017

Crime Reporter #3 - Matt Baker cover

Crime Reporter v1 #3 - Matt Baker golden age crime comic book cover art
Matt Baker
Crime Reporter v1 #3, 1948 - A glamorous woman is taken aback by an intruder on this superb Matt Baker cover. The artist reveals the villain indirectly, through his reflection in the mirror. His decorative turban conveys his ethnicity, and the dagger his deadly intent. The woman is formally dressed and reeks of wealthy status. The overturned chair reinforces the suddenness of the moment, and the desk statue adds an exotic feel. Even the wafting smoke suggests the spontaneity of the crime. Baker's clever concept is further enhanced by his masterful composition and execution. This is number 2 of 2 Crime Reporter issues with Baker art and/or covers.
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Baker cover pencils and inks = *****

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  1. Excellent cover. I really like Matt Baker. Question. Where is the price for the issue? I'm used to see a big 10 cents blurb somewhere on the cover in the upper portion. Is this normal for St. John publications?

  2. Oops. Found it in the lower right.

  3. I'll be posting more Baker soon, including an uncredited Romantic Marriage cover. Good of you to observe the small price. It allowed more emphasis to the illustration and masthead and reduced clutter.

  4. There is actually one other Crime Reporter that Baker did. Check out Crime Reporter 2. I'd love to see your analysis of Cinderella Love 25. My all time favorite Baker romance cover is Cinderella Love 26.

  5. Take that back about the Cinderella Love's. I see you've already covered them.