Thursday, October 7, 2010

Thrilling Romances #23 - Alex Toth art


Thrilling Romances v1 #23, 1953 - Immigrating to the United States, a young newlywed looks forward to reuniting with her husband. Unfortunately, her new father-in-law is cold and disapproving. Working with a lot of dialogue and narration, Alex Toth integrates his visuals seamlessly with the text. Most of the panels are varying degrees of facial close-ups, making the characters more personal and empathic to the reader. Tiny illustrations accompany much of the narration, bridging scenes or reinforcing themes and settings. Toth's first panel, with its strong perspective and illusion of depth, displays a mastery of composition. This is number 3 of 5 Thrilling Romances issues with Toth art. See today's posts or more Toth or Thrilling Romances issues. See also this blog's Toth checklist.
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"Chance of Happiness" Toth story pencils (Mike Peppe inks) 10 pages = ***
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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Marvel Team-Up #64 - John Byrne art


Marvel Team-Up v1 #64, 1977 - Concluding the storyline from the previous issue, Spider-man and Iron Fist are joined by the Daughters of the Dragon. Like before, John Byrne's martial arts figures move with surprising grace. His calm opening splash of an injured, bedridden Iron Fist contrasts against the frequent action scenes on subsequent pages. Though prominently displayed on the cover (above a cringing kung fu hero, no less), Misty Knight and Colleen Wing appear in the story primarily as support characters. Dave Cockrum's fine cover is at the peak of his Marvel career. This is number 9 of 22 Marvel Team-Up issues with Byrne art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Byrne or Marvel Team-Up issues. See also this blog's Byrne checklist.
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"If Death Be My Destiny
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #26 - Marshall Rogers art (1st pro work)


Deadly Hands of Kung Fu v1 #26, 1976 - A pleasant surprise awaits those who open this kung-fu themed magazine. Marshall Rogers does his first work for Marvel with an inside front cover illustration of Bruce Lee. Graphically rendered, the kung fu legend's muscles are taut and well defined. His hands extend toward the reader in an interesting maze of black and white shapes. This duel portrait is capably designed, and prefaces Rogers' excellent work to come in this series. Other artists in this issue include Jim Sherman, Tony DeZuniga and the Tribe. This is number 1 of 3 Deadly Hands of Kung Fu issues with Rogers art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Rogers or Deadly Hands of Kung Fu issues. See also this blog's Rogers checklist or Top 10 Rogers comics.
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Rogers inside front cover pencils and inks (black & white) = ***
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Monday, October 4, 2010

The Unexpected #116 - Bernie Wrightson art


The Unexpected v1 #116, 1970 - In this brief Bernie Wrightson tale, a man's obsession with collecting string leads him to commit unexpected acts with dire consequences. Like his other early short horror stories of the bronze age, Wrightson displays an artistic polish and maturity beyond his years. Nick Cardy draws a brilliantly eerie cover, counting among some of his best works of the early 1970s (along with Teen Titans, Aquaman, Witching Hour, etc). Other artists in this issue include Sid Greene, Pat Boyette, Murphy Anderson and Jack Sparling. This is number 1 of 4 Unexpected issues with Wrightson art and/or covers (not including reprints). See today's posts or more Wrightson or Unexpected issues. See also this blog's Wrightson checklist or Top 10 Wrightson comics.
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"Ball of String" Wrightson story pencils and inks 2 pages = ***

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Warlock v2 #2 - Jim Starlin cover & reprints

Warlock v2 #2, 1982 - Reprints of Strange Tales #180 (remaining pages), Strange Tales #181 and Warlock #9 reside in this edition. Accompanying them is a new Jim Starlin cover, recreating Warlock's battle with the Magus. The hero reels from the impact of the attack, his body momentarily suspended in space. Superbly drawn, it's easily the most dynamic cover of this series. This is number 2 of 6 Warlock v2 issues with Starlin art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Starlin or Warlock issues. See also this blog's Starlin checklist or Top 10 Starlin comics.
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Starlin wrap-around cover pencils and inks = ***
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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Buster Crabbe #2 - Al Williamson cover

Buster Crabbe v1 #2 golden age comic book cover art by Al WilliamsonBuster Crabbe v1 #2, 1952 - Al Williamson drew relatively few golden age covers, but does an adequate job here. The title character rescues an old man trapped in a pit, while gila monsters encroach from all sides. The perspective and foreshortening are strained, almost unconvincing. The horse and lizard in the background seem disproportionate given the distance. Despite these shortcomings, the cover's strength is the rendering itself. Williamson's drawing style is still distinctive and appealing. This is number 1 of 3 Buster Crabbe issues with Williamson art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Williamson orBuster Crabbe issues. See also this blog's Williamson checklist.
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Williamson cover pencils (George Evans inks) = ***
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