Unknown Soldier #256 - Walt Simonson art, Joe Kubert cover

Joe Kubert
Unknown Soldier v1 #256, 1981 - Walt Simonson's superb drawings grace the Captain Fear back-up feature one last time. In his large opening panel, seabirds waft about two 18th century warships, perfectly setting the historical period and tone of the story. Simonson utilizes typography and some memorable and innovative sequences (including the interior page below). On page 3, the arc of a lit cigar is flung into a kerosene-soaked ship. The resulting explosion and overall pacing has a fine cinematic quality. This story was later reprinted in The Art of Walt Simonson. Joe Kubert does a reliable but unassuming cover. This is number 3 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 = ****

Walt Simonson
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    That's great. I haven't read that Simonson stuff for years, I'll have to hunt it up sometime.

  2. Just recently discovered these Unknown Soldier issues, and the Captain Fear stories were some of his best bronze works. Speaking of which, I hope to post Simonson's Manhunter run in Detective Comics in the near future.