Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Weird War Tales #11 - non-attributed Alex Nino art

Weird War Tales v1 #11 dc bronze age comic book page art by Alex Nino
Weird War Tales v1 #11, 1973 - A Nazi scientist and general escapes execution by transporting himself into the distant future. Alex Nino delivers an unusual story spanning a hundred years. Several panels appear overly crowded, especially on the first page. This may be attributed to too few pages to tell the story properly. The scientist's face on several panels looks noticeably less like Nino's style. Could another artist have contributed? Except for the futuristic vista on page two (see inset above) it's a rather mediocre effort overall. The issue also includes art by Gerry Talaoc and Alfredo Alcala. This is number 2 of 13 Weird War Tales issues with Nino art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Nino or Weird War Tales issues. See also this blog's Alex Nino checklist.
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Untitled Nino story pencils and inks 4 pages = **
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Monday, April 5, 2010

Frontline Combat #14 - Wally Wood art & cover, Joe Kubert art

Frontline Combat v1 #14 ec golden age comic book cover art by Wally WoodFrontline Combat v1 #14 ec golden age comic book page art by Wally Wood
Frontline Combat v1 #14, 1953 - Wally Wood's cover seems deceptively simple, yet competently laid out. Inside, the tale of downed pilot's rescue by seaplane is straightforwardly rendered. Devoid of combat action, a day in the life of a rescue crew seeks to inform rather than excite. Regardless, Wood's illustrations are top notch. In Joe Kubert's story, the greatest naval battle of the American Revolution is retold. Unlike the previous tale, destruction is rampant throughout, artfully drawn with expressive brushwork. Other artists in this issue include Jack Davis and George Evans. This is number 12 of 13 Frontline Combat issues with Wood art and/or covers and number 1 of 1 Frontline Combat issues with Kubert art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Wood, Kubert or Frontline Combat issues. See also this blog's Wood checklist or Kubert checklist.
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Wood cover pencils and inks = ***
" Wood story pencils and inks 8 pages = ****
"Bonhomme Richard" Kubert story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***
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Strange Tales #146 - Steve Ditko art & cover

Strange Tales v1 #146 featuring Nick Fury & Doctor Strange, 1966 - Ditko's Doctor Strange is one of the most creatively drawn series of the silver age, and this issue is no exception. Though the cover is not distinctive, his story is a joy to read. Ditko draws two full page illustrations side by side, creating an awesome effect. See today's posts or more Ditko or Strange Tales issues. See also this blog's Ditko checklist.
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"The End at Last" Ditko story pencils and inks 10 pages = ***
Ditko cover pencils and inks = ***

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Wonder Woman Spectacular / DC Special Series #9 - Steve Ditko art

Wonder Woman Spectacular / DC Special Series v1 #9, 1978 - This book-length comic toggles between Wonder Woman's war with the Nazis and the godly manipulations of Mount Olympus. The second storyline features Steve Ditko, delivering some of his best bronze age work. His pages appear intermittently, standing out due to sheer effort and inventiveness. These include two double-page spreads of superb complexity (see half on the interior page above). Other artists in this issue include Russ Heath, Dick Ayers, Vince Colletta, Jose Delbo and Jose Luis Garcia (cover). This is number 1 of 1 DC Special Series issues with Ditko art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Ditko, Wonder Woman or DC Special Series issues. See also this blog's Ditko checklist.
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"The Cosmic Quest for the Disc of Mars" Ditko story pencils and inks 10 pages = ****
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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Silver Surfer graphic novel - Jack Kirby art

Silver Surfer graphic novel marvel comic book splash page art by Jack Kirby
The Silver Surfer graphic novel, 1978 - This ambitious project by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby was one of the first that could truly be called a graphic novel. Marvel's paperbacks up to this point were reprints. At one hundred pages, this story is among Kirby's longest of his career. Eight full page splashes and two double page spreads manage the pacing and length. The artist also allows for some experimental layouts while maintaining relevance to the plot. Pages 21, 57 and 58 all break from a typical layout, adding greater variety and interest. Kirby's crisp drawings make this novel one of his best works of the late bronze age. Other artists in this issue include Earl Norem (cover). See today's posts or more Kirby or Silver Surfer issues. See also this blog's Kirby checklist.
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"The Silver Surfer" Kirby story pencils (Joe Sinnott inks) 100 pages = ***
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Friday, April 2, 2010

Justice League Europe #22 - Marshall Rogers art & cover

Justice League Europe v1 #22, 1990 - Marshall Rogers handles the penciling chores capably on his last JLE issue. His cover is intriguing and disturbing, but not uncommon for this quirky superhero title. Some of the highlights include a precisely drawn technology-themed scene on page 9 and the panel illustration of a foggy riverbank on page 18. The Batman makes a brief cameo, reminding me of Rogers' phenomenal Detective Comics run a decade earlier. This is number 3 of 3 Justice League Europe issues with Rogers art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Rogers or Justice League Europe issues. See also this blog's Rogers checklist or Top 10 Rogers comics.
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Rogers cover pencils (Terry Austin inks) = ***"Catnap" Rogers story pencils (Jose Marzan inks) 22 pages = ***
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Teen-age Temptations #4 - Matt Baker cover

Teen-age Temptations v1 #4, 1953 - A woman must decide between her family or an unsavory character. Matt Baker's cover is drawn with great care and craftsmanship. The man's forward stance, the girl's confused expression and the trailer park setting provide enough information to convey the gist of the story. This is number 4 of 8 Teenage Temptations issues, all with Baker art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Baker or Teen-age Temptations issues. See also this blog's Baker checklist.
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Baker cover pencils and inks = ***
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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Vampirella #32 - Jeff Jones art

Vampirella v1 #32, 1974 - Warren magazines frequently allocated a small number of full color pages in some issues. This one contains not one, but two artfully colored Jeff Jones stories. Both are breathtakingly beautiful in their draftsmanship. The only flaw in "Dead Run" is that its short page count leaves you wanting more. In "Harry", a seemingly innocent little girl converses with her stuffed animal. Jones' illustrative drawings are complemented by his well-honed sense of design. Much of the credit goes to Richard Corben, a fellow artist whose coloring further benefits the pages. "Harry" was later reprinted in Vampirella #83 (black and white). This is number 5 of 8 Vampirella issues with Jones art and/or covers (not including reprints). See today's posts or more Jones or Vampirella issues. See also this blog's Jones checklist.
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" Jones story pencils and inks 6 pages (color) = *****
"Dead Run" Jones story pencils and inks 2 pages (color) = *****
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