Tales of Suspense #4 - Al Williamson, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko art

Jack Kirby
Tales of Suspense v1 #4, 1959 - Space explorers discover a new planet, whose environment is equally hospitable as Earth. Despite a minimum of shadows, Jack Kirby’s linework works well on this fantastical tale, more so than his grotesque alien cover. An alien tries to scuttle a rocket launch in Steve Ditko’s story. The artwork is expressive and engaging, showcasing the artist's creative designs, especially on the large opening panel. Finally, Al Williamson illustrates a tale about job displacement in a future robotic era. Classically drawn, the pages stand out from the others due to their stark realism (see interior page below). Other artists in this issue include Joe Sinnott and Carl Burgos. This is number 2 of 2 Tales of Suspense issues with Williamson art and/or covers.
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Kirby cover pencils (Christopher Rule inks) = **
"Beware of the Robots" Williamson story pencils and inks 4 pages = ***
"One of Our Spacemen is Missing" Kirby story pencils (Christopher Rule inks) 5 pages = ***
"One of Us is a Martian" Ditko story pencils and inks 5 pages = ***

Steve Ditko

Al Williamson
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