Thursday, February 25, 2010

Vampirella #12 - Wally Wood, Jeff Jones, Frank Brunner art

Vampirella v1 #12, 1971 - Despite their completely different styles, Jeff Jones and Wally Wood both display extraordinary effort in their respective stories. Jones' tale of primeval man is narrated without word or thought balloons. The graphic quality of his drawings perfectly balance light and darkness, evoking something powerful yet sophisticated. Wood's story is set in ancient Egypt, giving him the opportunity to infuse each page with meticulous detail and texture. His opening splash of a Roman centurion and the endless mound of skulls on pages 62-63 are among several magnificently drawn scenes. Frank Brunner's mythological tale is an early effort that shows great promise. The interior page above is by Wood. This is number 3 of 3 Vampirella issues with Wood art and/or covers, number 4 of 8 Vampirella issues with Jones art and/or covers (not including reprints) and number 2 of 2 Vampirella issues with Brunner art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Brunner, Jones, Wood, or Vampirella issues. See also this blog's Jones checklist, Brunner checklist, Wood checklist or Top 10 Brunner comics.
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"To Kill a God" Wood story pencils and inks 8 pages = *****
" Jones story pencils and inks 7 pages = *****
The Sirens" Brunner inside front cover pencils and inks = ***
(all pages above in black and white)
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