Thursday, September 8, 2016

Two-Fisted Tales #22 - Wally Wood art, non-attributed Alex Toth art


Two-Fisted Tales v1 #22, 1951 - Wally Wood magnificently chronicles the 15th century Battle at Agincourt, a turning point in the art of warfare technology. The opening scene, ominously but beautifully drawn, depicts the French army primed and ready for battle. They await the dawn in the midst a rainstorm, used as a clever foreshadowing of the rain of deadly arrows to come. As the commander lists the various weapons at his disposal (page 2), the artist takes it a bit further by demonstrating their lethality on four sequential panels. Wood's artwork overflows with soldiers and weapons, emphasizing the sheer size of the armies (see interior page below). Few artists could evoke the scale of an armed conflict, but he does so almost effortlessly in this example. Also in this issue is a little known and non-attributed effort by Alex Toth. Harvey Kurztman, the cover artist, applies sensible inking while maintaining the distinctive page layouts and pacing. Both tales were later reprinted in Two Fisted Tales v2 #5. Other artists in this issue include John Severin, Will Elder, Jack Davis and Bernie Krigstein. This is number 5 of 18 Two-Fisted Tales issues with Wood art and/or covers and number 1 of 1 Two-Fisted Tales issues with Toth art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Wood, Toth or Two-Fisted Tales issues. See also this blog's Wood checklist or Toth checklist.
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"Massacre at Agincourt" Wood story pencils and inks 6 pages = *****
"Dying City" Toth story pencils (Harvey Kurtzman inks) 7 pages = ***
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Alex Toth

Two-Fisted Tales v1 #22 - Wally Wood ec war golden age comic book page art
Wally Wood
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More Wood posts:
Hercules Unbound #2
Total War #2
Undersea Agent v1 #6 tower silver age 1960s comic book cover art by Wally Wood
Undersea Agent #6
More Toth posts:
Adv. Comics #431
Adv, Into Darkness #8
Weird War #10

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