Friday, November 6, 2009

DC Comics Presents #87 - Al Williamson art

DC Comics Presents v1 #87, 1985 - As aliens invade Earth for its nuclear resources, Superman enlists the aid of Superboy-prime to help stop them. Curt Swan, a longtime Superman artist, delivers a typically conservative rendition of the story. Al Williamson does his best to add interest and dimension but falls just short. His improvements to both stories are marginal, overwhelmed by of the timidity of the pencils. This is number 3 of 3 DC Comics Presents issues with Williamson art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Williamson or DC Comics Presents issues. See also this blog's Williamson checklist.
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"Year of the Comet" Williamson story inks (Curt Swan pencils) 24 pages = **
"The Origin of Superboy Prime" Williamson story inks (Curt Swan pencils) 16 pages = **
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Monday, November 2, 2009

House of Mystery #256 - Bernie Wrightson cover, Alex Nino art

House of Mystery v1 #256, 1978 - On this Halloween cover, Cain holds a demonic pumpkin that resembles the cover of Secrets of Haunted House #5. Both are exceptional works by Bernie Wrightson, whose fine brushwork is evident in throughout the scene. Even the eerie coloration adds to its overall appeal. Alex Nino employs more lines than usual in his tale of a French artist whose frightful work comes to life. His opening page appears overworked but more typical work follows. The most memorable scene depicts one of the artist's nightmarish paintings, filling the entire page for full effect (see interior page above). Other artists in this issue include Dick Ayers, Wayne Howard, Romeo Tanghal, Bob Smith, Arthur Suydam and Alfredo Alcala. This is number 27 of 27 House of Mystery issues with Wrightson art and/or covers and number 13 of 14 House of Mystery issues with Nino art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Wrightson, Nino or House of Mystery issues. See also this blog's Nino checklist, Wrightson checklist or Top 10 Wrightson comics.
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Wrightson cover pencils and inks =
"Museum of Murder" Nino story pencils and inks 9 pages = ***

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