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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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

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. Other artists in this issue include Ric Estrada. This is number 4 of 9 Teenage Temptations issues 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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