Monday, November 28, 2011

Unknown Soldier #254 - Walt Simonson art, Joe Kubert cover

Joe Kubert
Unknown Soldier v1 #254, 1981 - Captain Fear, a indigenous pirate introduced in Adventure Comics #425, begins as one of several features. Walt Simonson's art is superb, continuing in the tradition of Alex Nino's aforementioned issue. The lead character, prominently displayed on the first page, is unconfined by a typical panel frame. This perhaps hints at the openness of the high seas. Fine lines and textural effects add to the brilliantly planned sequences. Simonson's deft visual storytelling makes Joe Kubert's cover tame by comparison. This story was later reprinted in The Art of Walt Simonson. Other artists in this issue include Dick Ayers, Gerry Talaoc and Ric Estrada. This is number 1 of 3 Unknown Soldier issues with Simonson art and/or covers.
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Kubert cover pencils and inks = **
"Captain Fear" Simonson story pencils and inks 6 pages = *
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Walt Simonson
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