5/25/16

Tales to Astonish #5 - Jack Kirby art & cover, Al Williamson, Steve Ditko art


Tales to Astonish v1 #5, 1959 - Jack Kirby brings the Easter Island monuments to life in a sci-fi adventure tale. Unlike his unusually drab cover, the artist does a much better job on the story itself. Steve Ditko's contribution tells of a space explorer daring to visit a forbidden planet. Though the ending is far from surprising, his art comfortably meets expectations. The issue's high point is Al Williamson's story, about an audiophile who uses sound frequencies to commit robberies. His sophisticated drawing style nicely fits the unusual plot. On page two, you can almost feel the fur on his rendition on an ordinary house cat. This is number 1 of 1 Tales to Astonish issues with Williamson art and/or covers.
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Kirby cover pencils = **
"I Was Trapped by the Things on Easter Island" Kirby story pencils 5 pages = ***
"I Found the Nightmare Note" Williamson story pencils and inks 4 pages = ***
"I Landed on the Forbidden Planet" Ditko story pencils and inks 5 pages = ***

Steve Ditko
Al Williamson
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