Thursday, January 7, 2010

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

Young Love #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 v3 #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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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 Williamson, Frazetta or Danger Is Our Business issues. See also this blog's Williamson checklist, Frazetta 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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Friday, January 1, 2010

Master List of Artist Checklists

Checklists of comic book issues with artwork and/or covers by the following artists:

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Neal Adams checklist
Matt Baker checklist
Carl Barks checklist
Frank Brunner checklist
John Byrne checklist
Steve Ditko checklist
Frank Frazetta checklist
Al Hubbard checklist
Jack Kirby checklist
Jeff Jones checklist
Joe Kubert checklist
Russ Manning checklist
Frank Miller checklist
Don Newton checklist
Alex Nino checklist
Mike Ploog checklist
Nestor Redondo checklist
Marshall Rogers checklist
Walt Simonson checklist
Barry Windsor Smith checklist
Jim Starlin checklist
Jim Steranko checklist
Alex Toth checklist
Al Williamson checklist
Wally Wood checklist
Bernie 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 Neal Adams comics
Top 10 Frank Brunner comics
Top 10 Frank Frazetta comics
Top 10 Mike Ploog comics
Top 10 Nestor Redondo comics
Top 10 Marshall Rogers comics
Top 10 Barry Windsor Smith comics
Top 10 Jim Starlin comics
Top 10 Jim Steranko comics
Top 10 Bernie 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.

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