Monday, September 6, 2010

Weird War Tales #25 - non-attributed Alex Nino art

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Weird War Tales v1 #25, 1974 - Doctors and nurses abandon a completely bandaged patient during an operation. It is the fall of Berlin at the end of World War Two as American soldiers fight their way into the city. The patient awakes, and upon discovering his own invisibility, proceeds to inflict mayhem and confusion on the GIs. Nino depicts both the landscape of decimated buildings and the violence of war with sharp, unnerving lines and shapes. The story's highlight is the first panel: a view of an operating room where the liquid-like reflections of overhead lights contrast against the fine lines of the figures below. Other artists in this issue include Alfredo Alcala and Luis Dominguez (cover). This is number 7 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 Nino checklist or an original page from the story.
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"The Unseen Warrior" Nino story pencils and inks 10 pages = ***
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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Two-Fisted Tales #26 - Wally Wood art

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Two-Fisted Tales v1 #26, 1952 - A stray dog is witness to the American forces' pull out from Hungnam, their last piece of occupied territory in North Korea. Only two years after it occurred, Wally Wood draws another subtle yet powerfully told tale. There is no character dialogue, only narration, allowing the visuals to set the tone and fill in necessary information. A bird's eye view of the Korean port opens the story, and the artist provides the reader with stunning detail and clarity. Wood's extraordinary effort permeates every panel, epitomized by the sea of individual refugee's faces on page four. Other artists this issue include Jack Davis, John Severin, Bill Elder and Harvey Kurtzman (art & cover). This is number 9 of 18 Two-Fisted Tales issues with Wood art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Wood or Two-Fisted Tales issues. See also this blog's Wood checklist.
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"Hungnam" Wood story pencils and inks 7 pages = ****
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Friday, September 3, 2010

Journey Into Unknown Worlds #59 - Al Williamson art

Journey Into Unknown Worlds v1 #59, 1957 - Telepathic radioactive wolves make a business deal with fur industry executives? This odd tale is strange even by science fiction comic book standards. Al Williamson's illustrations add some degree of plausibility to a story perhaps better suited to less realistic artist. Still, the drawings are faithfully rendered with all seriousness. Note how the grey tones of an atomic mushroom cloud (see inset above) helps to separate it from the foreground wolves. Ralph Mayo, a frequent Atlas collaborator, adds the smooth finishing touches over Williamson's pencils. Other artists this issue include Bill Everett (cover), John Forte, Ted Galindo and Richard Dorsee. This is number 3 of 3 Journey Into Unknown Worlds issues with Williamson art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Williamson or Journey Into Unknown Worlds issues. See also this blog's Williamson checklist.
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"A Shaggy Wolf Tale" Williamson story pencils (Ralph Mayo inks) 3 pages = ***
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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Haunted #5 - Steve Ditko art & cover

Haunted v1 #5, 1972 - Steve Ditko contributes two fine stories as he continues his run on this Charlton horror series. Although "The Garden Of 1,000 Delights" mostly adheres to a common six panel grid, he fills the panels with beautifully intricate, Asian-inspired patterns. "This Is How It Is!" tells of a family fight over a substantial inheritance. Ditko's second tale is a tad better than the first, incorporating more detail, textures, and surprisingly effective pale-colored backgrounds (pages 7-8). This is a fine example of the artist's uniqueness and creativity. Other artists in this issue include Don Perlin and Nicholas Alascia. This is number 5 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 = *** 
"The Garden Of 1,000 Delights" Ditko story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***
"This Is How It Is!"
Ditko story pencils and inks 9 pages = ***
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Captain America #112 - Jack Kirby art & cover

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Captain America v1 #112, 1969 - Continuing from the previous issue, Captain America appears to have died at the hands of Hydra. The authorities contact his fellow Avenger Iron Man, who narrates the hero's past exploits (for new readers presumably). From his initial disappearance in World War II to his reappearance in the Arctic, Jack Kirby chronicles these flashbacks quickly and efficiently. Even the past eleven issues are briefly recapped, contributing to the story's frenetic pace. While not of the same caliber as some of his previous issues, Kirby does deliver four exciting splash pages. It's a fitting end to his first run on the series. He would later return during the mid-1970s, just in time for the American Bicentennial. This is number 11 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 = ***
"Lest We Forget" Kirby story pencils (George Tuska
inks) 20 pages = ***
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