Durango Kid #5, 1950 - A surprisingly weak opening panel begins this tale of a devious merchant inciting war among the natives. The falling tree makes a compelling diagonal element, but the attacking indians lack the finishing inks of Frank Frazetta's previous issues. That aside, the remaining pages meet expectations with the artist's beautiful wilderness renderings. Page three's forest scenes are especially teeming with detail. In the end, Dan Brand applies frontier justice with a good old fashioned fist to the face of the merchant. The panel gives resolution to the story, but looks more comedic than serious, even by 1950s standards. This is one of four Frazetta / Dan Brand tales nicely reprinted in White Indian #12. This is number 5 of 16 Durango Kid issues with Frazetta art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Frazetta or Durango Kid issues. See also this blog's Frazetta checklist or Top 10 Frazetta comics.- - - - - - - - - -
"Trees of Death" Frazetta story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***
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