Thursday, January 7, 2010

Young Love v3 #125 - Walt Simonson cover, Alex Toth reprint

Young Love v3 #125, 1977 - A heartbroken girl walks along the beach, her face repeated within an ornately decorated heart. The cover has a lot of text, leaving less room for Walt Simonson's illustration. Even so, his graphic approach seems a bit too harsh and edgy. While applicable to many other types of stories, it's perhaps not well suited for the romance genre. This issue also contains part 4 of "20 Miles to Heartbreak", an Alex Toth reprint from Young Love #79. See more SimonsonToth or Young Love issues. See also this blog's Toth checklist or Simonson checklist.
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Simonson cover pencils and inks = **
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Wyatt Earp v2 #12 - Russ Manning art

Wyatt Earp v2 #12 - dell western 1960s silver age comic book cover artWyatt Earp v2 #12 - Russ Manning dell western 1960s silver age comic book page art
Wyatt Earp v2 #12, 1960 - In his last full stories on the series, Russ Manning's enthusiasm seems to have waned. In the opening tale, Wyatt brings the infamous Kiowa Kid to Yuma, braving indians and a criminal gang. In the second story, a young, would-be assassin targets Doc Holliday for familial revenge. Though both have adequate layouts, there's a noticeable lack of detail in character faces, figures and backgrounds. Manning's draftsmanship is recognizable but pales in comparison to his earlier Wyatt Earp issues. This is number 12 of 13 Wyatt Earp issues with Manning art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Manning or Wyatt Earp issues. See also this blog's Russ Manning checklist.
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"The Kiowa Kid" Manning story pencils and inks 13 pages = **
"Terror in Tombstone" Manning story pencils and inks 13 pages = **
"Sturdy Mount" Manning story pencils and inks 1 page = **
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Uncle Scrooge #18 - Carl Barks art & cover


Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge v1 #18, 1955 - Scrooge decides to escape urban blight by moving to the unspoiled Great Lakes region. Unfortunately, the pygmy indians that live there take offense at trespassers. Carl Barks does a clever job at hinting at them early on (see interior page above). The artist finally reveals them on page 9, in a large panel that displays their relative size and miniaturized culture. As usual, Barks makes a clear distinction between urban progress and unspoiled wilderness. A short Gyro Gearloose tale follows, revolving around a newly invented metal detector. Ably drawn, most of the interest follows his bulb-headed assistant. This is number 18 of 70 Uncle Scrooge issues with Barks art and/or covers (not including reprints). See today's posts or more Barks or Uncle Scrooge issues. See also this blog's Carl Barks checklist.
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Barks cover pencils and inks = ***
Barks inside front cover pencils and inks (black and white) = ***
"Land of the Pygmy Indians" Barks story pencils and inks 27 pages = ****
Gyro Gearloose goldfinding device story, Barks pencils and inks 4 pages = ***
Barks inside back cover pencils and inks (black and white) = ***
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Monday, January 4, 2010

Big Town #10 - mis-attributed Alex Toth cover

Big Town v1 #10, 1951 - Art thieves commandeer a plane, attempting to jettison reporter Steve Wilson in mid-flight. This awkward scene not only has to fit all the characters in a small plane cockpit, but show its high altitude as well. Overstreet doesn't attribute this cover to Toth, but other sources do. After close examination, I think it's unlikely to be Toth. The artist's work does appear in 4 other issues of Big Town. See today's posts or more Toth or Big Town issues. See also this blog's Toth checklist.
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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Frontline Combat #10 - Wally Wood art

Frontline Combat v1 #10, 1953 - The onset of war leaves a Korean child amidst the ruins of his own home. Judging by the architecture and decorative motifs, Wally Wood appears to have researched the culture and setting. A toddler is the main character, but his rendition seems too light-hearted given the circumstances. Most impressive are the scenes of the bombings' aftermath. Wood captures the devastation in excruciating detail. Other artists in this issue include George Evans, Jack Davis and John Severin. This is number 9 of 13 Frontline Combat issues with Wood art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Wood or Frontline Combat issues. See also this blog's Wood checklist.
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"A Baby" Wood story pencils and inks 8 pages = ****
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Heroic Comics #39 - Alex Toth art


Heroic Comics v1 #39, 1946 - This early Alex Toth work is not one of his most memorable, sad to say. The story of two boys falling through the ice in a Central Park pond is told with little flourish. I found it odd that their rescuer, an unemployed ex-Coast Guardsman, would brazenly ask for a job as a reward afterward. Toth’s style is easily recognizable, although his DC comics of the same period showed much more potential. The opening scene of the rescue itself is framed in an unnecessarily amorphous shape that detracts rather than adds to the storytelling. Still, Toth thought enough of it to put his name on the lower right of the panel. Other artists in this issue include H.C. Kiefer, among others. This is number 6 of 12 Heroic Comics issues with Toth art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Toth or Heroic Comics issues. See also this blog's Toth checklist.
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"Forever Vigilant" Toth story pencils and inks 2 pages = **
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Danger Is Our Business #1 - Al Williamson / Frank Frazetta art


Danger Is Our Business v1 #1, 1953 - Comprised of a few different genres, this first issue is notable for its Captain Comet science fiction tale. Al Williamson, a master of the genre, provides the most sophisticated artwork in the book. His exotic settings and heroic figure drawings are further enhanced by the inks of the equally talented Frank Frazetta. Sensitive brushwork and textures increase depth and interest, most evidently in the colorful uniforms of various characters. Frazetta appears to be his most assertive on the depiction of ferocious hounds on page 4 panel 6. This is but one of their many collaborations during the golden age. This story was later reprinted in The Art of Al Williamson. This is number 1 of 1 Danger Is Our Business issues with Williamson art and/or covers and number 1 of 1 Danger Is Our Business issues with Frazetta art and/or covers. See today's posts or more WilliamsonFrazetta or Danger Is Our Business issues. See also this blog's Williamson checklistFrazetta checklist or Top 10 Frazetta comics.
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"The Vicious Space Pirates" Williamson story pencils / Frazetta inks 6 pages = ***
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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Vampirella #7 - Frank Frazetta cover

Vampirella v1 #7 warren magazine cover art by Frank FrazettaVampirella v1 #7, 1970 - Frank Frazetta's painted cover suggests a prehistoric priestess and an ancient rite. The artist nicely contrasts the textures of her smooth skin, the saber-tooth's fur and the rocky crag below. Though partially marred by the bright red border, Frazetta's talent comes through. Other artists in this issue include Tom Sutton and Frank Bolle. This is number 3 of 5 Vampirella issues with Frazetta art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Frazetta or Vampirella issues. See also this blog's Frank Frazetta checklist or Top 10 Frazetta comics.
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Frazetta cover painting = ***
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Friday, January 1, 2010

Master List of Artist Checklists

Comic book checklists of the following artists:

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Adams checklist
Baker checklist
Barks checklist
Brunner checklist
Byrne checklist
Ditko checklist
Frazetta checkist
Hubbard checklist
Kirby checklist
Jones checklist
Kubert checklist
Manning checklist
Miller checklist
Newton checklist
Nino checklist
Ploog checklist
Redondo checklist
Rogers checklist
Simonson checklist
Smith checklist
Starlin checklist
Steranko checklist
Toth checklist
Williamson checklist
Wood checklist
Wrightson checklist

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See today's posts, series checklists, top 10 lists or readers' polls. See also this blog's galleries, firsts or original artwork.

Master List of Top 10 Lists

The best comics drawn by the following artists:

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Top 10 Adams comics
Top 10 Brunner comics
Top 10 Frazetta comics
Top 10 Ploog comics
Top 10 Redondo comics
Top 10 Rogers comics
Top 10 Smith comics
Top 10 Starlin comics
Top 10 Steranko comics
Top 10 Wrightson comics

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See today's posts, series checklists, artist checklists or readers' polls. See also this blog's galleries, firsts or original artwork.

Tips for Using Pencil Ink

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Mister Miracle #19 - Marshall Rogers art & cover, non-attributed Neal Adams art


Mister Miracle v1 #19, 1977 - After several years, DC revives this series originated by Jack Kirby. Scott Free and Barda's honeymoon is interrupted by a bevy of old foes from Apokolips. Marshall Rogers presents a fresh new interpretation of the Fourth World saga, most evident on his splendid cover. His interior story, however, is muddied by a contingent of different inkers. Each character is inked by a different artist, sacrificing consistency. Among them, Neal Adams does the most credible job with the dwarf Oberon. Rogers inks Mister Miracle with similar success, but the overall results are sorely lacking. This is number 1 of 6 Mister Miracle issues with Rogers art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Rogers, Adams or Mister Miracle issues. See also this blog's Adams checklistTop 10 Adams comicsRogers checklist or Top 10 Rogers comics.
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Rogers cover pencils and inks = ***
"It's All in the Mine" Rogers story pencils / Adams partial inks 17 pages = **
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