Thursday, July 7, 2011

Western Kid #12 - non-attributed Russ Heath cover

Western Kid v1 #9, 1956 - With dramatic flair, the cover captures one cowboy's dilemma: how to fend off an encroaching gang with a single bullet left. Russ Heath's hero stands in partial darkness, his shadowed areas beautifully textured in fine lines. The main character's two-tone coloration offers a contrast to the gunman outside, while also suggesting the intensity of the scene. Heath's covers would be some of the most memorable of the western genre. This is number 1 of 1 Western Kid issues with Heath art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Heath or Western Kid issues. See also this blog's Russ Heath checklist.
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Heath cover pencils and inks = ***
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Disneyland USA / Dell Giant #30 - Al Hubbard art


Dell Giant #30 / Disneyland USA, 1960 - Each story within this giant-sized issue is set in a different area of Disneyland, cleverly promoting the theme park as a whole. Al Hubbard makes a significant contribution, drawing three superb segments. His renditions of Mickey Mouse and Goofy in the first tale are not often seen, but nicely meet expectations. In "The Scary All-Girl Safari", the artist deftly juggles multiple Disney characters (Daisy Duck, Grandma Duck, Clarabelle Cow and Minnie Mouse) within a relatively brief page count. His remaining story features Pinocchio, Chip n' Dale and Scamp in the only non-park related adventure in the book. All three of his efforts are lovingly drawn and display an impressive versatility across different characters. Other stories within the issue feature Uncle Scrooge & Gyro Gearloose, Donald Duck and his nephews, the Three Little Pigs and Mickey's trio of nephews. See today's posts or more Hubbard issues. See also this blog's Hubbard checklist.
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"The Blizzard Bandit" Hubbard story pencils and inks 12 pages = ***
"The Scary All-Girl Safari" Hubbard story pencils and inks 10 pages = ***
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The Tiny Trouble Shooters" Hubbard story pencils and inks 10 pages = ***
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Roy Rogers and Trigger #135 - Russ Manning art


Roy Rogers and Trigger v1 #135, 1958 - A young schoolmarm accompanies her uncle to a western town, only to discover his nefarious dealings. This Dales Evans short seems uncommonly heavy with dialogue, leaving less room than usual for Russ Manning's art. Still, the visual storytelling is clear and competently drawn. Although titled "The Turquoise Belt", the stolen object in question is barely emphasized in certain panels. This is number 6 of 15 Roy Rogers and Trigger issues with Manning art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Manning or Roy Rogers issues. See also this blog's Russ Manning checklist.
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"The Turquoise Belt" Manning story pencils and inks 4 pages = ***
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Monday, July 4, 2011

Iron Man #13 - mis-attributed Jack Kirby cover

Iron Man v1 #13, 1972 - No Jack Kirby cover, despite what some comic book price guides say. The artist's work does appear in 6 other issues of Iron Man. George Tuska and Johnny Craig draw the interiors and are likely the artists of this overtly monochromatic cover. See today's posts or more Kirby or Iron Man issues. See also this blog's Kirby checklist.
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The Unexpected #195 - Nestor Redondo art


The Unexpected v1 #195, 1980 - People disappear and UFOs are sighted in a Nevada desert, dubbed by the press as the "Sagebrish Triangle". Nestor Redondo illustrates the aliens and their city with a decorative flourish reminiscent of the old Flash Gordon strips. It looks a bit out of place for a bronze age story, but the artist's drawings are impressive in their detail. This tale is among Redondo's last works for DC. Other artists in this issue include E.R. Cruz, Ric Estrada, Romeo Tanghal, Johnny Craig and Luis Domingez (cover). This is number 7 of 7 Unexpected issues with Redondo art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Redondo or Unexpected issues. See also this blog's Redondo checklist or Top 10 Redondo comics.
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The UFO from Planet Earth" Redondo story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***
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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Metal Men #52 - Walt Simonson cover

Metal Men v1 #52, 1977 - Walt Simonson's final effort for the series culminates in this eye-catching cover. A tad crowded, the layout benefits from the interesting patterns placed in the background. Simonson's intricate machinery is among his hallmarks, adding a nice counterpoint to the perpendicular lines on Doc Magnus' jacket. Other artists in this issue include Joe Staton. This is number 8 of 8 Metal Men issues with Simonson art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Simonson or Metal Men issues. See also this blog's Walt Simonson checklist.
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Simonson cover pencils and inks = ***
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Friday, July 1, 2011

Marvel Two-In-One #10 - mis-attributed Jack Kirby cover

Marvel Two-in-One v1 #10, 1978 - No Jack Kirby cover, despite what comic book price guides say. The artist's work does appear in 4 other issues of Marvel Two-In-One. The cover artists are Gil Kane and Frank Giacoia. Other artists in this issue include Bob Brown and Klaus Janson. See today's posts or more Kirby or Marvel Two-In-One issues. See also this blog's Kirby checklist.
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Hawk and the Dove #1 - Steve Ditko art & cover

Hawk and the Dove v1 #1 dc silver age 1960s comic book cover art by Steve Ditko Hawk and the Dove v1 #1 dc silver age 1960s comic book page art by Steve Ditko
Hawk and the Dove v1 #1, 1968 - After premiering in Showcase #75, this pair of super-hero brothers quickly graduate to their own self-titled series. Steve Ditko's cover juxtaposes the duo's competing tendencies of aggression and passivity. Inside, his artwork is enthusiastic and skillfully drawn throughout. Among the many highlights: a dynamic three panel triptych that includes a montage of scenes in the backgrounds (pages 13-14). This issue is simply one of Ditko's finest works of the 1960s. This is number 1 of 2 Hawk and the Dove issues with Ditko art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Ditko or Hawk and the Dove issues. See also this blog's Ditko checklist.
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Ditko cover pencils and inks = ****
"The Dove Is A Very Gentle Bird" Ditko pencils and inks 23 pages = ****

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