Thursday, March 18, 2010

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. The interior page above is by Williamson. This is number 1 of 1 Tales to Astonish issues with Williamson art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Williamson, Ditko, Kirby or Tales to Astonish issues. See also this blog's Kirby checklistWilliamson checklist or Ditko checklist.
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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 = ***
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