Saturday, June 5, 2010

E-Man #10 - John Byrne art

E-Man v1 #10, 1975 - With this issue, Rog 2000 makes his final appearance in this bronze age title. John Byrne, his creator and artist, pits the robot against a swamp monster (a character type found all too often in the 1970s). The inks are fairly heavy-handed throughout, lacking sensitivity in certain scenes. Byrne's drawing of a church cathedral on page five is especially sloppy. This story was later reprinted in the 1985 compilation Rog 2000. This is number 4 of 4 E-Man issues with Byrne art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Byrne or E-man issues. See also this blog's Byrne checklist.
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"Rog 2000 vs the Sog" Byrne story pencils and inks 7 pages = **
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Friday, June 4, 2010

Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #237 - Carl Barks art & cover, Al Hubbard art

Walt Disney's Comics and Stories v1 #237, 1960 - When Huey, Louie and Dewey acquire an underwater camera, their Uncle Donald decides they should use it to photograph the legendary Loch Ness monster. There are few signs of a Scottish setting, but Carl Barks delivers a creature more friendly and playful than most renditions. In Al Hubbard's short tale, Scamp finds a rough new playmate in Skipper, a wandering street dog. The pair's mischief is nicely captured and faithfully drawn. See today's posts or more Barks, Hubbard or Walt Disney's Comics and Stories issues. See also this blog's Barks checklist or Hubbard checklist.
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Barks cover pencils and inks = ***
"Mystery of the Loch"
Barks story pencils and inks 10 pages = ***
"The Right Approach" Hubbard story pencils and inks 6 = ***
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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Captain America #105 - Jack Kirby art & cover

Captain America v1 #105 marvel comic book cover art by Jack KirbyCaptain America v1 #105 marvel comic book page art by Jack Kirby
Captain America v1 #105, 1968 - Though outnumbered, Cap must defeat the Swordsman, Batroc, and the Living Laser to stop a bomb's detonation. Jack Kirby opens with a World War II flashback, featuring a Nazi soldier's face contorted to almost freakishly intensity. A magnificent splash follows, portraying Captain America and Bucky leading a massive charge. Kirby's remaining pages are just as exciting and enthusiastic. Lije previous issues, the final pages wind down to ever diminishing panels. This is number 6 of 34 Captain America issues with Kirby art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kirby or Captain America issues. See also this blog's Kirby checklist.
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Kirby cover pencils = ***
"In the Name of Batroc" Kirby story pencils (Dan Adkins inks) 20 pages = ****

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Power Man and Iron Fist #71 - Frank Miller cover

Power Man v1 #71, 1981 - A master of mountain climbing, Montenegro makes his debut on this cover. The three main figures are well positioned, although the lighting seems inconsistent. Frank Miller usually favors light sources from below, but this example lacks clarity. Unfortunately, the best part of Miller's cover is not the characters but the nighttime cityscape behind them. Other artists in this issue include Kerry Gammill, Al Milgrom, Vince Colletta and Armando Gil. This is number 5 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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