Monday, December 26, 2011

Yellow Claw #4 - Jack Kirby art


Yellow Claw v1 #4, 1957 - The short-lived crime series ends with this issue. As with the previous two issues, Jack Kirby contributes four terrific stories. Unlike the previous issues, Kirby's pencils are finished by colleague John Severin. Though differing in style, the artistic pairing results in an unusual, but fascinating look. The artwork is more intricate in detail and has a pleasantly surprising dimension and depth. As far as I know, their complementary talents have never been combined other than this occassion. Other artists in this issue include Manny Stallman and John Severin (cover). This is number 3 of 3 Yellow Claw issues with Kirby art and/or covers.
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"The Living Shadows" Kirby story pencils (John Severin inks) 5 pages = ***
"The Skreemies" Kirby story pencils (John Severin inks) 5 pages = ***
"Five Million Sleepwalkers" Kirby story pencils (John Severin inks) 4 pages = ***
"The Thought Master" Kirby story pencils (John Severin inks) 5 pages = ***

Yellow Claw v1 #4 atlas crime comic book page art by Jack Kirby
Jack Kirby
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2 comments:

  1. excellent comments on the inking there. I recall seeing some of this yellow claw stuff years ago and was also struck by the difference in the work. Its not what woody did with jack's pencils, but its also not what joe simon did either. I like it.

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  2. The inking on this issue is by John Severin. Very nice work that reminds me of some of the Kirby/Ditko collaborations.

    Nick Caputo

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