Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Haunted #2 - Steve Ditko art & cover

Haunted v1 #2, 1971 - An American antique dealer travels to an obscure Parisian neighborhood, only to discover a mysterious doorway to the eighteenth century. Steve Ditko initially squanders the title page with an unimaginative layout. Subsequent pages, however, are well designed and visually appealing. Characters' faces and expressions play a vital role in the storytelling. Ditko's cover, a disturbing montage of limbs and bodies, is even better. Other artists in this issue include Pat Boyette. This is number 2 of 23 Haunted issues with Ditko art and/or covers (reprints not included). See today's posts or more Ditko or Haunted issues. See also this blog's Ditko checklist.
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Ditko cover pencils and inks = ***
"Door To Yesterday'" Ditko story pencils and inks 9 pages = ***

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Weird Tales of the Macabre #1 - Jeff Jones cover

Weird Tales of the Macabre v1 #1, 1975 - No stranger to the horror genre, Jeff Jones illustrates an appropriately creepy image for this premiere issue. The covers of these comic magazines were often painted, reflecting the higher price and maturity of the audience. Jones' deftness as a painter evolved early as this example shows. His color palette is unusually earthy and subtle. His art works especially well with the otherwise cumbersome masthead. Other artists in this issue include Pat Boyette, Ernie Colon, Leo Duranova, Leo Summers, Ramon Torrents and Villanova. This is number 1 of 1 Weird Tales of the Macabre issues with Jones art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Jones or Weird Tales of the Macabre issues. See also this blog's Jones checklist.
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Jones cover painting = ***
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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Scorpio Rose #2 - Marshall Rogers art & cover

Scorpio Rose v1 #2, 1983 - Unlike the premiere issue, Marshall Rogers' panels are more numerous and a bit more crowded on the opening Scorpio Rose story. The artist's pacing and layouts are well planned, but suffer from almost neon-like coloration that's painfully distracting. The issue's highlight is the final splash page, presenting an ethereal scene of Rogers' design. The artist also inks over his own pencils on the Dr. Orient back-up tale. It comfortably meets expectations but is far from exceptional. This is number 2 of 2 Scorpio Rose issues with Rogers art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Rogers or Scorpio Rose issues. See also this blog's Rogers checklist or Top 10 Rogers comics.
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Rogers cover pencils and inks = ***
"Scorpio Rose" Rogers story pencils (Tom Palmer inks) 20 pages = ***
"Dr. Orient" Rogers story pencils and inks 8 pages = ***
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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Power Man and Iron Fist #74 - Frank Miller cover

Power Man v1 #74, 1981 - On this ninja-themed cover, Frank Miller displays a keen sense of design. His careful placement of the figures is complex but cohesive. The layout is comprised of diagonal, intersecting lines, used to maximize movement and tension. Note the determination on Luke Cage's face as he makes eye contact with the viewer, pulling us closer to the action. Other artists in this issue include Kerry Gammill and Ricardo Villamonte. This is number 8 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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Emergency #2 - John Byrne art

Emergency v1 #2, 1975 - In the premiere issue of this television-based series, John Byrne drew the main feature and majority of pages. Here he only contributes three illustrations for a text story at the issue's end. Like most of his early Charlton work, there is more enthusiasm than craft in the drawings. Still, you can recognize the early stages of his distinctive style. Byrne's efforts still surpass Joe Staton's cover or Demetrio's artwork for the main feature. This is 2 of 3 Emergency issues with Byrne art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Byrne or Emergency issues. See also this blog's Byrne checklist.
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"Phantom of Rampart" Byrne text illos pencils and inks 2 pages = **
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Friday, July 2, 2010

1st Issue Special #11 / Code Name Assassin - mis-attributed Nestor Redondo art

First Issue Special v1 #11 featuring Code Name Assassin, 1976 - No Nestor Redondo art, despite what some comic book price guides say. The credits on the opening splash state the artist(s) as "The Redondo Studio" and the letters page towards the back of the book reaffirms this fact. It's common knowledge Redondo had a cadre of Filipino artists working with him and their collaborative efforts were often credited to the studio. However, upon closer inspection, no pages or panels appear to been drawn by Nestor Redondo himself (see interior page above). Mike Grell's cover is one of his least memorable of the bronze age. See today's posts or more Redondo or 1st Issue Special issues. See also this blog's Redondo checklist or Top 10 Redondo comics.
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