Saturday, December 18, 2010

Shazam #35 - Don Newton art


Shazam v1 #35, 1978 - The versatile Don Newton art tries his hand on depicting the original Captain Marvel and family, his only story of the entire series. The opening splash is compositionally weak, hampered by the overuse of text. By contrast, the artist's second full page drawing is simply stunning (page 11). The heroes enter the mythological underworld surrounded by foreboding rock formations in intricate detail. Surprisingly, inker Kurt Schaffenberger's friendlier style doesn't assert itself, allowing Newton's darker approach to come to the fore. Other artists in this issue include Mike Nasser (cover). This is number 1 of 1 Shazam issues with Newton art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Newton or Shazam issues. See also this blog's Don Newton checklist.
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"Backward, Turn Backward, O Time in Your Flight" Newton story pencils (Kurt Schaffenberger inks) 17 pages = ***
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