Sunday, February 7, 2010

Readers' Poll: Best Al Williamson Comics Decade

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Green Lantern v2 #149 – Don Newton art

Green Lantern v2 #149 dc comic book cover artGreen Lantern v2 #149 dc comic book page art by Don Newton
Green Lantern v2 #149, 1982 – A frontier sheriff temporarily becomes Earth’s first Green Lantern during the 1800s, an interesting concept I’m surprised no one thought of before. During a climactic shoot-out with bank robbers, the hero creates a massive yellow tree to shield him from bullets, obviously a mistake in coloration. Don Newton’s pencils and Dan Adkins’ inks meet expectations, despite the strange pairing of super-hero and western genres. This particular issue makes me wish he had done a lot more western stories during his lifetime. This is number 2 of 3 Green Lantern issues with Newton art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Newton or Green Lantern issues.
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“Earth’s First Green Lantern” Newton story pencils (Dan Adkins inks) 8 pages = ***
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Friday, February 5, 2010

Vampirella #11 - Frank Frazetta cover

Vampirella v1 #11 warren magazine cover art by Frank FrazettaVampirella v1 #11, 1971 - A woman holds up her scythe in a triumphant gesture, her blade already bloodied from a recent victim. The metal ornamentation on her right arm is mirrored by the coiling snake on her left arm. Her tattered cloak wafts about in an unseen wind while ane iguana-like creature remains mostly passive. Considered a classic by many horror enthusiasts, it's certainly one of Frank Frazetta's finest painted covers for Warren. This is number 4 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 Frazetta checklist or Top 10 Frazetta comics.
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Frazetta cover painting = ****
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Strange Terrors #3 - Joe Kubert art

Strange Terrors v1 #3, 1952 - While better known for his work on war comics, Joe Kubert draws a truly horrific tale in this issue. A shy clerk paints a satanic painting that eventually relinquishes his soul to the devil. The agony and anxiety on the characters' faces are conveyed masterfully, and the title panel uses an impressionistic, ominous background to full effect. The woman's face on the last panel on page two is slightly mis-proportioned, but in general Kubert demonstrates great skill with the horror genre. This is number 1 of 4 Strange Terrors issues with Kubert art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kubert or Strange Terrors issues. See also this blog's Kubert checklist.
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"Picture of Hell" Kubert story pencils and inks 8 pages = ***
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Weird War Tales #6 - Alex Toth art, Joe Kubert cover

Weird War Tales v1 #6 dc bronze age comic book cover art by Joe KubertWeird War Tales v1 #6 dc bronze age comic book page art by Alex Toth
Weird War Tales v1 #6, 1972 - As Joe Kubert's cover suggests, this issue is dedicated to robot-themed stories. While his cover concept is sound, the artist seems to put less effort than usual in the actual execution. Alex Toth does the intro and concluding pages, following three GIs during an enemy barrage. His first two pages are the most effective, varying line thicknesses to increase depth. Subsequent pages become more graphic as thicker strokes become the norm. Regardless, Toth's work stands out from the rest of the issue. This is number 2 of 3 Weird War Tales issues with Toth art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Toth, Kubert or Weird War Tales issues. See also this blog's Toth checklist or Kubert checklist.
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Kubert cover pencils and inks = **
Toth framing pages pencils and inks 5 pages = ***
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