Friday, May 7, 2010

Big Town #12 - non-attributed Alex Toth cover

Big Town v1 #12, 1951 - Of all the contested Alex Toth covers on this title, this one seems most likely by his hand. The ace reporter and his aide discover a newly disturbed tomb in a cemetery. The woman is first to recognize they're at gunpoint and reacts accordingly. The stances and faces of both figures are consistent with some of the artist's other works, but Toth's style seems most obvious in the facial expressions. This is number 4 of 4 Big Town issues with Toth art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Toth or Big Town issues. See also this blog's Toth checklist.
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Toth cover pencils (Sy Barry inks) = ***
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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Roy Rogers and Trigger #134 - Russ Manning art


Roy Rogers and Trigger v1 #134, 1958 - Dale Evans helps a ranch hand recover stolen payroll money, leading her to a thief known for his friendly demeanor. Russ Manning's linework is crisp and clean as usual. His drawing style is also coincidentally welcoming and approachable, especially compared to the two longer, rougher Roy Rogers stories that reside in the same book. Manning also includes one open panel per page, adding some variety to the layouts. This is number 5 of 15 Roy Rogers and Trigger issues with Manning art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Manning or Roy Rogers issues. See also this blog's Russ Manning checklist.
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"The Friendly Cowpoke" Manning story pencils and inks 4 pages = ***
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Authentic Police Cases #11 - Matt Baker art & cover

Authentic Police Cases v1 #11 st john crime comic book cover art by Matt BakerAuthentic Police Cases v1 #11 st john crime comic book page art by Matt Baker
Authentic Police Cases v1 #11, 1951 - A female bank robber seems dominantly in command on this straightforward Matt Baker cover. Inside, the artist contributes two stories, one about a Midwestern city controlled by a crime boss and the other about a gang of thieves in bulletproof vests. These efforts are capably drawn and composed, starting with bold full page splashes that establish tone and setting. The second tale's opening scene is the more spacious of the two, allowing for a wide shot of a robbery aftermath. Both stories were later reprinted in Authentic Police Cases #36. This is number 6 of 28 Authentic Police Cases issues with Baker art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Baker or Authentic Police Cases issues. See also this blog's Baker checklist.
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Baker cover pencils and inks = **
"Rookie Cop Traps the Kingpin of Crime" Baker story pencils and inks 8 pages = ***
"Police Valor Defies the Bulletproof Bandits" Baker story pencils and inks 8 pages = ***

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Power Man and Iron Fist #67 - Frank Miller cover

Power Man v1 #67, 1981 - Iron Fist bursts into hidden room to the rescue of his captured partner. This simple, but precise layout by Frank Miller is among his most arresting. An unknown light source nearly spotlights the hero's arrival, while Power Man and his captor remain dim and shadowy. The damaged wall (perhaps metal?) splits to form a graphic burst. Miller uses this technique frequently to add dynamism. Other artists in this issue include Kerry Gammill and Ricardo Villamonte. This is number 2 of 9 Power Man issues with Miller art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Miller or Power Man issues. See also this blog's Miller checklist.
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Miller cover pencils and inks = ***
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Monday, May 3, 2010

House of Mystery #308 - Nestor Redondo art, Joe Kubert cover


House of Mystery v1 #308, 1982 - Joe Kubert's cover adequately portrays the protagonist of "I, Vampire", an ongoing feature within the issue. Nestor Redondo contributes his final story for the series, about an ancient, legendary tree nurtured by gypsies. Although his brushwork is not as fine as earlier works, his overall drawing skills have not diminished. In his opening panel, a crazed old gypsy woman almost dares the reader to continue. Other artists in this issue include Tom Sutton, Mark Texiera and John Celardo. This is number 16 of 16 House of Mystery issues with Redondo art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kubert, Redondo or House of Mystery issues. See also this blog's Redondo checklist, Top 10 Redondo comics or Kubert checklist.
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Kubert cover pencils and inks = ***
"The Serpent Tree" Redondo story pencils and inks 6 pages = ***
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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Readers' Poll: Best Wally Wood Comics Decade




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Marvel Treasury Edition #7 / Avengers - Jack Kirby cover


Marvel Treasury Edition v1 #7 / Avengers, 1975 - This collection reprints some of John Buscema's finest stories from Avengers #52, 57, 60 and 83. From the Vision's first appearance to the timely "women's liberation" issue, you can better appreciate the progression of his work on the title. Jack Kirby's cover is by and large disappointing. The multiple figures look hurriedly drawn with a minimum of detail. The cramped layout squeezes in eight heroes, although why Captain America is suspended so high is a mystery. His back cover is a much better representation of his bronze age drawing style, although it does seem to falter as the characters recede into the background. This is number 4 of 7 Marvel Treasury Edition issues with Kirby art, reprints and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kirby, Avengers or Marvel Treasury issues. See also this blog's Kirby checklist.
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Kirby cover pencils (Frank Giacoia inks) = **
Kirby back cover pecils (Frank Giacoia inks) = ***
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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Brave and the Bold #165 - Don Newton art


Brave and the Bold v1 #165, 1980 - The grotesque anti-hero Man-Bat steals a drug to heal his child's illness, only to find the Batman blocking his path. Jim Aparo's cover of Man-Bat flying with a baby in tow is one of silliest I've ever seen, but the scene does not appear in the story (thank goodness). Don Newton's sometimes monotonous layouts are largely offset by his beautiful penciling. The artwork is especially good on pages 9, 15 and 16, including the darkened conversation between Commissioner Gordon and Batman (see interior page above). The story is superbly inked by one of the artist's most frequent collaborators, Dan Adkins. This is number 3 of 3 Brave and the Bold issues with Newton art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Newton or Brave and the Bold issues. See also this blog's Don Newton checklist.
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"Prescription for Tragedy" Newton story pencils (Dan Adkins inks) 17 pages = ***
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Master List of Series Checklists


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A
Abbott and Costello
Aces High
Action Comics
Adventure Comics
Adventure Into Mystery
Adventures Into Darkness
Adventures Into The Unknown
Adventures of Bob Hope
Adventures of Jerry Lewis
Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog
Adventures of the Fly
Adventures on the Planet of the Apes
Alarming Adventures
Alarming Tales
Alien: The Illustrated Story
Alien Worlds
All-Famous Police Cases
All-Star Comics
All-Star Squadron
Alpha Flight
Amazing Adventures
Amazing Fantasy
Amazing Ghost Stories
Amazing Spider-Man
An Earth Man On Venus
Anchor Andrews
Andy Hardy
Angel and the Ape
Annie Oakley
Annie Oakley and Tagg
Anthro
Aquaman
Astonishing Tales
Atom and Hawkman
Authentic Police Cases
Atari Force
Avengers
Aztec Ace

B
Balder the Brave
Barnyard Comics
Batman
Batman and the Outsiders
Batman Family
Batman: The Cult
Batman: The Dark Knight
Battle
Battle Action
Battleground
Battlefront
Battlestar Galactica
Ben-Hur
Best Romance
Beware
Beware the Creeper
Big Town
Bizarre Adventures
Black Cat
Black Cat Mystery
Black Fury
Black Hood
Black Terror
Blackhawk
Blast Off
Blazing Combat
Blue Beetle
Bobby Benson's B-Bar-B Riders
Boris Karloff
Boy Loves Girl
Brave and the Bold
Brute
Buster Crabbe

C
Cadet Gray of West Point
Canteen Kate
Cap'n Quick and a Foozle
Captain Action
Captain America
Captain America Special Edition
Captain America’s Bicentennial Battles
Captain Marvel
Captain Science
Captain Sindbad
Captain Sternn, Running Out of Time
Captain 3-D
Cat
Challengers of the Unknown
Chamber of Chills
Chamber of Darkness
Champions
Charlie Chan
Cheyenne Kid
Chief Victorio's Apache Massacre
Christmas in Disneyland
Christmas Parade
Christmas With The Super-heroes
Cinderella Love
Classics Illustrated
Clint and Mac
Colt .45
Comet
Conan the Barbarian
Coo Coo Comics
Cowboy Action
Crazy Magazine
Creatures On The Loose
Creepshow graphic novel
Creepy
Creepy Things
Crime and Justice
Crime and Punishment
Crime Reporter
Crime Smashers
Crime Suspenstories
Crypt of Shadows

D
D-Day
Daisy Duck's Diary
Danger Is Our Business
Danny Thomas Show
Darby O' Gill and the Little People
Daredevil
Daring Love
Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love
DC Comics Presents
DC 100 Page Super Spectacular
DC Special
DC Special Series
DC Super-Stars
Dead of Night
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu
Death of Captain Marvel
Defenders
Demon
Destroyer Duck
Destructor
Detective Comics
Devil Dinosaur
Diary Secrets
Doc Savage
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange Special Edition
Donald Duck
Donald Duck Adventures
Donald Duck Album
Doomsday +1
Dorothy Lamour
Dr. Fu Manchu
Dracula Lives
Droids
Durango Kid
Dynamo

E
Eerie
E-man
Eclipse Monthly
Elektra Lives Again
Emergency
Epic Illustrated
Ewoks
Exciting War
Exotic Romances

F
Famous Funnies
Fantastic Fears
Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four Roast
Fantastic Giants
Fantastic Voyage
Fantastic Worlds
Fargo Kid
FBI Story
Fear
Fightin' Army
Fightin' Marines
Fighting American
Fighting Yank
Firestar
1st Issue Special
Flash
Flash Gordon
Fly
Flying A's Range Rider
Foozle
Forbidden Tales of Dark Mansion
Forbidden Worlds
Forever People
Frankenstein
Frogmen
Frontier Doctor
Frontier Western
Frontline Combat
Further Adventures of Indiana Jones
Fury of Firestorm

G
Gale Storm
Gallant Men
Gang Busters
Gargoyle
Gene Autry
Get Smart
Ghost Rider
Ghostly Tales
Ghosts
Giant-size Chillers
G.I. Combat
G.I. Joe
Girls' Love Stories
Goofy Comics
Gorgo
Grandma Duck's Farm Friends
Green Lantern
Grimm's Ghost Stories
Gun Glory
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke Western
Gyro Gearloose

H
Happy Comics
Haunt of Fear
Haunt of Horror
Haunted
Haunted Love
Hawk
Hawk and the Dove
Hercules Unbound
Heroes Inc.
Heroes for Hope
Heroes Against Hunger
Heroic Comics
Hogan's Heroes
Hot Wheels
House of Mystery
House of Secrets
Howard the Duck
Hulk
Human Fly

I
I Am Coyote
In Love
In the Days of the Mob
Incredible Hulk
Incredible Hulk and the Thing
Incredible Hulk and Wolverine
Incredible Science Fiction
Infinity Inc.
Inhumans graphic novel
Iron Fist
Iron Man
Ironjaw
Isis

J
Jace Pearson's Texas Rangers
Jann of the Jungle
Jet
Jet Fighters
Jew Gangster
Joe Yank
John Carter Warlord of Mars
John Wayne Adventure Comics
Johnny Mack Brown
Jonah Hex
Journey Into Mystery
Journey Into Unknown Worlds
Jungle Action
Jungle Jim
Just Married
Justice Inc.
Justice League Europe
Justice League of America

K
Kamandi
Ka-zar
Kid Colt Outlaw
Kid Slade
King Richard and the Crusaders
Kobra
Kong the Untamed
Korak Son of Tarzan
Korg 70,000 BC
Kull

L
Land Unknown
Lassie
Lawman
Legion of Super-Heroes
Lennon Sisters
Life of Captain Marvel
Limited Collectors Edition
Lost Worlds
Love Confessions
Love Letters
Love Romances
Lovers

M
Machine Man
Madame Xanadu
Magnus Robot Fighter
Man-Bat
Mandrake the Magician
Manhunt
Manhunter
Man-Thing
Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves
Marines In Battle
M.A.R.S Patrol
Marvel Classics Comics
Marvel Comics Presents
Marvel Fanfare
Marvel Feature
Marvel Premiere
Marvel Preview
Marvel Presents
Marvel Spotlight
Marvel Super Action
Marvel Super-Heroes
Marvel Tales
Marvel Team-Up
Marvel Two-In-One
Marvel Triple Action
Marvel Treasury Edition
Marvel Treasury Special
Mask of Dr. Fu Manchu
Master of Kung Fu
Masterworks Series of Great Comic Book Artists
Matt Slade Gunfighter
Maverick
'Mazing Man
Meet Angel
Meet Miss Pepper
Metal Men
Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse Almanac
Micronauts
Midget Comics
Midnight Tales
Mighty Marvel Western
Miracleman
Mister Miracle
Monster Hunters
Monsters on the Prowl
Moon Knight
Morlock 2001
Movie Love
My Favorite Martian
My Greatest Adventure
My Love
My Only Love
My Own Romance
My Real Love
Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds
Mysterious Suspense
Mystery Comics Digest
Mystery in Space
Mystery Tales
Mystic
Mystical Tales

N
Navy Tales
New Adventures of Superboy
New Gods
New Mutants
Nick Fury
Nick Fury vs Shield
Nightmare
1984
No Time for Sergeants
Noman
Northwest Mounties
Nukla

O
Omac
Omega Men
One Million Years Ago
Original Ghost Rider
Our Army at War
Our Fighting Forces
Our Love Story
Out of the Night
Out of the Shadows
Out of This World
Outer Space
Outlaw Kid
Outlaws of the West

P
Pacific Presents
Paul Revere's Ride
Personal Love
Phantom
Phantom Stranger
Phoenix The Untold Story
Picnic Party
Pictorial Confessions
Pictorial Romances
Piracy
Planet of the Apes
Planet of Vampires
Plop
Police Action
Police Lineup
Porky Pig
Power Man
Power Man and Iron Fist
Power Records
Predator vs Magnus Robot Fighter
Prison Riot
Prize Comics Western
Psycho
Punisher P.O.V.

Q
Quack
Quick-Trigger Western

R
Race for the Moon
Racket Squad in Action
Ragman
Rampaging Hulk
Rawhide
Rawhide Kid
Real McCoys
Red Circle Sorcery
Red Sonja
Rex Allen
Richard Dragon, Kung Fu Fighter
Ricky Nelson
Rifleman
Rima the Jungle Girl
Rin Tin Tin
Ringo Kid
Rio Bravo
Rip Hunter Time Master
Ripley's Believe It or Not
Rob Roy
Robin Hood and his Merry Men
Robin Hood Tales
Rom
Romantic Marriage
Romantic Story
Ronin
Rook
Roots of the Swamp Thing
Roy Rogers and Trigger

S
Sabre
Saint
Sandman
Savage Combat Tales
Savage Sword of Conan
Savage Tales
Scorpio Rose
Scorpion
Sea Hunt
Secret Missions
Secret Origins
Secrets of Haunted House
Secrets of Sinister House
Seduction of the Innocent
77 Sunset Strip
Shadow
Shadow of the Batman
Shadows From Beyond
Shanna the She-Devil
Shazam
Sheriff of Tombstone
Shield
Shield Steel Sterling
Sherlock Holmes
Shock Suspenstories
Showcase
Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer graphic novel
Sinister House of Secret Love
Six-Gun Western
Six Million Dollar Man
Solarman
Son of Satan
Son of Sinbad
Space 1999
Space Detective
Space War
Special Marvel Edition
Spectacular Spider-man
Spectre
Spellbound
Spider-man and Daredevil Special Edition
Spider-woman
Spirit World
Spy-Hunters
Spyman
Stalker
Star Hunters
Star Spangled Comics
Star Spangled War
Star Trek
Star Wars
Star-Lord special edition
Straight Arrow
Strange Adventures
Strange Fantasy
Strange Stories of Suspense
Strange Tales
Strange Tales of the Unusual
Strange Terrors
Strange World Of Your Dreams
Sub-mariner
Sugar Bowl Comics
Sugarfoot
Summer Fun
Summer Magic
Superboy
Superman
Superman Family
Superman the Secret Years
Superman vs. Muhammad Ali
Supernatural Thrillers
Super-Team Family
Super-Villain Team Up
Swamp Thing
Sword of Sorcery

T
Tales of Ghost Castle
Tales of Suspense
Tales of the Unexpected
Tales of the Mysterious Traveler
Tales to Astonish
Tally-Ho Comics
Tarzan
Tarzan King of the Jungle
Tarzan's Jungle Annual
Teen Confessions
Teen Titans
Teen-age Romance
Teen-age Romances
Teen-age Temptations
Tex Dawson, Gun-slinger
Texan
Texas Rangers in Action
Thing
This is War
This Magazine Is Haunted
Thor
Three Stooges
Thrill-O-Rama
Thriller
Thrilling Adventure Stories
Thrilling Comics
Thrilling Romances
Thunda
Thunda Tales
Thunder Agents
Tim Holt
Time Machine
Time Warp
Timespirits
Tomahawk
Tomb of Dracula
Tor
Total War
Tower of Shadows
Transformers
Treasure Comics
True Bride-To-Be Romances
True Love Problems and Advice Illustrated
TV Stars
Twilight Zone
Twisted Tales
Two-Fisted Tales
Two-Gun Kid
Two-Gun Western
2-Gun Western

U
Uncanny Tales
Uncle Scrooge
Uncle Scrooge Goes To Disneyland
Undersea Agent
Unearthly Spectaculars
Unexpected
Unknown Soldier
Unknown Worlds
Unseen
Untold Legend of the Batman
Unusual Tales

V
Vacation in Disneyland
Vacation Parade
Valley of the Dinosaurs
Valor
Vampire Tales
Vampirella
Vault of Evil
Video Jack
Vigilante
Voyage of the Deep

W
Wagon Train
Walt Disney Presents
Walt Disney Showcase
Walt Disney's Comics and Stories
War and Attack
War Comics
War Is Hell
Warfront
Warlock
Warlord
Warp
Wartime Romances
Web of Horror
Weird
Weird Adventures
Weird Fantasy
Weird Mystery Tales
Weird Science
Weird Science-Fantasy
Weird Tales of the Macabre
Weird Thrillers
Weird War Tales
Weird Western Tales
Weird Worlds
Werewolf By Night
Western Bandit Trails
Western Crime Busters
Western Fighters
Western Gunfighters
Western Kid
Western Outlaws
Western Roundup
What If?
Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch
Where Monsters Dwell
White Indian
Who Is Next
Wild Bill Hickok and Jingles
Wild Boy of the Congo
Wild Western
Witchcraft
Witching Hour
Wolverine
Wonder Comics
Wonder Woman
World Around Us
World of Fantasy
World of Krypton
World of Mystery
World of Suspense
World's Finest
Wulf the Barbarian
Wyatt Earp

X
X-men
X-men and the New Teen Titans

Y
Yellow Claw
Yellowjacket Comics
Young Love
Youthful Romances

Z
Zorro

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