Batman Family v1 #13, 1977 - Unlike previous issues, the storylines in both the Robin/Batgirl and Man-Bat features converge toward the book's end. Don Newton is tasked with drawing the first eight and last thirteen pages. With the exception of the crowded opening splash, his layouts are both energetic and innovative. In particular, the motorcycle racing scenes capture the speed and frenetic pace perfectly (this story was later reprinted in Best of DC #51). By comparison, Marshall Rogers' pencils are somewhat diminished by the thick lines of inker Bob Wiacek (especially the villain's rendition on page 13). That aside, most of the panels and pages are impeccably designed and even include a subtle Neal Adams swipe on page 15, panel 2. Other artists in this issue include Jim Aparo (cover). This number 1 of 1 Batman Family issues with Newton art and/or covers and number 3 of 3 Batman Family issues with Rogers art and/or covers.
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"The Man who Melted Manhattan" Newton story pencils (Bob Wiacek inks) 21 pages = ***
"Twilight of the Sunset Gang" Rogers story pencils (Bob Wiacek inks) 8 pages = ***

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(Walt Disney presents) Zorro v2 #2, 1966 - This issue contains the first reprinting of Dell's Four Color Comics v2 #960, including both features and the inside back cover. Though Gold Key's versions are slightly smaller than the originals, this series does an nice job at reproducing Alex Toth's artwork.

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(Walt Disney presents) Zorro v2 #1, 1966 - This issue contains the reprints of Dell's Four Color Comics v2 #882, including both features and the inside back cover. Though Gold Key's versions are slightly smaller than the originals, this series does an nice job at reproducing Alex Toth's artwork.

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Plop v1 #24, 1976 - For the final issue of the series, Sergio Aragones supplies two framing pages and the hilariously written "A Fate Worse Than Death". Although a giant-sized edition, most of the book is comprised of mostly one- and two-page gags. Wally Wood completes his last "Plop-ular Poetry" page, a weird alphabetized series that's less adequately drawn than usual. Basil Wolverton delivers yet another grotesque figure for the single page "Plop-ular Person of the Month". A CBS Saturday ad by Neal Adams also appears in this issue. Other artists in this issue include John Albano, Dave Manak, Ric Estrada and others. This is number 11 of 11 Plop issues with Wood art and/or covers.
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"Plop-ular Poetry (S-T-U)" Wood story pencils and inks 1 page = **

Plop v1 #24 dc 1970s bronze age comic book page art by Wally Wood
Wally Wood
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Dynamo v1 #4 tower 1960s silver age comic book cover art by Wally Wood
Wally Wood
Dynamo v1 #4, 1967 - Borrowing a scenario from the silent film era, Dynamo saves a damsel in distress with surprising ease. Although a bondage cover, Wally Wood instead makes the train the focal point of the layout. The locomotive's detailed design is impressively complex, almost technological in feel. Inside, Wood capably draws three of the five total stories. The most noteworthy is "Weed", a collaborative effort with Steve Ditko. This tale is largely satirical in nature, but their combined talents successfully portray a humorous side to otherwise heroic characters. Other artists in this issue include Chic Stone. This is number 4 of 4 Dynamo issues with Wood art and/or covers and number 2 of 2 Dynamo issues with Ditko art and/or covers.
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"The Maze" Wood story pencils and inks (with assistance) 22 pages = ***
"The Secret Word Is..." Wood story pencils and
inks (with assistance) 10 pages = ***
"Weed" Ditko story pencils / Wood inks 10 pages = ***


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Wally Wood

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Joe Yank v1 #5, 1952 - This Korean War-era comic centers around an American GI and his misadventures. The lead story, about the lead character's run-in with the local black market, benefits from some terrific artwork by Alex Toth. His more cartoonish rendition of Joe's pal, Sgt. McGurk, hints at the more comedic aspects of the tale. This contrasts against the more violent panels (especially page 5 panel 1) that seem inappropriate by today's standards. That aside, Toth seems to toggle between the different types of scenes with relative ease. This is number 1 of 4 Joe Yank issues with Toth art and/or covers.
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"Black Market Mary" Toth story pencils 8 pages = ***

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