Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Rin Tin Tin #34 - non-attributed Alex Toth art

Rin Tin Tin v1 #34 dell tv western comic book page art by Alex Toth
Rin Tin Tin v1 #34, 1960 - A four page back-up tale by Alex Toth is sandwiched between the Rin Tin Tin feature stories. Like some of his Dell Comics works, the drawings are a bit too sketchy and lack definition. Many panels looks hurried and vary in level of detail. A possible exception is the first page, depicting a gathering crowd at an animal exhibition. Toth's use of angles add context and much-needed interest. As a side note, some comic book price guides have neglected to credit Toth on this story. This is number 1 of 2 Rin Tin Tin issues with Toth art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Toth or Rin Tin Tin issues. See also this blog's Toth checklist.
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"Kangeroo Bluff ” Toth story pencils and inks 4 pages = **
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Monday, June 6, 2011

Creatures On The Loose #22 - Jim Steranko cover, Steve Ditko reprint (1st Thongor)

Creatures On The Loose v1 #22 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by Jim SterankoCreatures On The Loose v1 #22 featuring Thongor, 1973 - Thongor, Warrior of Lost Lemuria, makes his first appearance in comics, adding to the already crowded field of bronze age barbarians. The hero draws his sword against an array of creatures, while an exotically dressed woman lies helpless behind him. Jim Steranko does an adequate job despite the overused theme and abundance of cover text. Note how the sword follows the same angle as the hero's leg and the appropriately eerie smoke and urn the right. The issue also contains a Steve Ditko reprint from Tales of Suspenses #39. This is number 2 of 2 Creatures On The Loose issues with Steranko art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Steranko, Ditko or Creatures On The Loose issues. See also this blog's Ditko checklist, Steranko checklist or Top 10 Steranko comics.
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Steranko cover pencils and inks = ***
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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Justice Inc. #4 - Jack Kirby art, Joe Kubert cover

Justice Inc. v1 #4 dc bronze age comic book cover art by Joe KubertJustice Inc. v1 # dc bronze age comic book page art by Jack Kirby
Justice Inc. v1 #4, 1975 - The quickly applied strokes on Joe Kubert's cover make this one of his least memorable bronze age covers. Following that with Jack Kirby's story art is jarring and unexpected. While no stranger to the adventure genre, his style looks especially rudimentary in certain panels. There is a disproportionate amount of text on the opening splash, but the remaining pages more or less meet expectations. Like other DC titles from the same month, a CBS Saturday ad by Neal Adams graces the centerfold. This is number 3 of 3 Justice Inc. issues with Kirby art and/or covers and number 2 of 2 Justice Inc. issues with Kubert art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kirby, Kubert or Justice Inc. issues. See also this blog's Kirby checklist or Kubert checklist.
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Kubert cover pencils and inks = **
"Slay Ride in the Sky" Kirby story pencils (Mike Royer inks) 18 pages = ***
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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Psycho #7 - mis-attributed Jeff Jones art

Psycho v1 #7, 1972 - No Jeff Jones art in this issue, despite what some comic book price guides say. Dennis Fujitake's tale has a style that is strikingly similar but less polished. The artist's work does appear in 3 other issues of Psycho. Other artists in this issue include Pablo Marcos (two stories), Domingo and Steve Englehart. See today's posts or more Jones or Psycho issues. See also this blog's Jones checklist.
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Friday, June 3, 2011

The Spectre #4 - Neal Adams art & cover

 Spectre v1 # 4 dc 1960s silver age comic book cover art by Neal Adams Spectre v1 #4 dc 1960s silver age comic book page art by Neal Adams
The Spectre v1 #4, 1968 - Through mysterious circumstances, a small boy is possessed by an entity with globally destructive powers. The Spectre travels to multiple places in space and time, demanding a wide variety of scenes and settings. Neal Adams skillfully meets this challenge, drawing everything from plagues of locusts to alien warcraft (see interior page shown above). His textured backgrounds and optical effects add to the tale's supernatural tone without sacrificing the quality of his art. Adams' cover takes one of the interior scenes and expands upon it, making it bolder and more dynamic than the original. This is number 3 of 4 Spectre issues with Adams art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Adams or Spectre issues. See also this blog's Adams checklist or Top 10 Adams comics.
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Adams cover pencils and inks = ****
"Stop This Kid Before He Wrecks the World"
Adams story pencils and inks 24 pages = ***
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wild Bill Hickok and Jingles #68 - Al Williamson art


Wild Bill Hickok and Jingles v1 #68, 1958 - Like much of his work for Charlton, Al Williamson's art tends to be spontaneous and more painterly. In this case, however, certain panels lack clarity and definition, detracting from the overall aesthetic. His use of a silhouette on page two, panel six of "Stampede" is unnecessary, bordering on laziness. Page four, panel five of "The Marshall Got Mad" (see interior page shown above) is one of the issue's few high points, and more representative of Williamson's talents. Angelo Torres, unfortunately, seems just as hurried in his inking. Other artists in this issue include Sal Trapani. This is number 1 of 3 Wild Bill Hickok and Jingles issues with Williamson art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Williamson or Wild Bill Hickok and Jingles issues. See also this blog's Williamson checklist.
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"Stampede" Williamson story pencils (Angelo Torres inks) 7 pages = **
"The Marshall Got Mad" Williamson story pencils (Angelo Torres inks) 6 pages = **
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Unusual Tales - comic series checklist






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Unusual Tales v1
Charlton
1955-65

6 - Steve Ditko cover

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