Jim Starlin
Batman Family v1 #18, 1978 - Jim Starlin successfully fits all the issue's characters in a layout that's both manageable and aesthetically pleasing. Batman and Robin are logically placed in the most prominent position. The finest details are relegated to the focal point: a pair of demonic hands emerging from the sewers. An inset of the Huntress appears below, announcing her inclusion to the series. Starlin, in a humorous touch, extends the sewer's ooze into her frame. Other artists in this issue include Juan Ortiz, Dave Hunt, Danny Bulanadi, Romeo Tanghal, Bob Layton, Vince Colletta, Michael Golden and Joe Staton. This is number 2 of 3 Batman Family issues with Starlin art and/or covers.
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Starlin cover pencils and inks = ***

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Flash Gordon v4 #4 1960s silver age science fiction comic book cover art by Al Williamson
Al Williamson
Flash Gordon v4 #4, 1967 - Flash Gordon and friends fend off an ethereal, alien version of a pteranadon on this Al Williamson cover. The creature seems strangely incomplete, in contrast with the same scene inside. Still, the artist's contributions in this issue are exceptional. A Secret Agent X-9 tale separates the feature stories, while offering a brief change in genre. Williamson's two Flash Gordon tales are even more breathtaking, filled with fantastical landscapes and inventive creatures. His level of detail is painstaking, adding textural elements and bold brushwork to almost every panel. This issue is among the finest works of his long career. This is number 3 of 4 Flash Gordon v4 issues with Williamson art and/or covers (not including reprints).
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Williamson cover pencils and inks = ***
"Flash Gordon in the Lost Continent of Mongo"
Williamson story pencils and inks 13 pages = *****
"Secret Agent X-9 and the Key to Power"
Williamson story pencils and inks 5 pages = ***
"Flash Gordon and the Sentries of Dark Mountain" Williamson story pencils and inks 10 pages = *****

Flash Gordon v4 #4 1960s silver age science fiction comic book page art by Al Williamson
Al Williamson
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Joe Kubert
Unknown Soldier v1 #219, 1978 - One of Frank Miller's early works for DC, this back-up story chronicles the rise of the ancient Achaeans. His drawings lack polish and distinctiveness, made worse by the heavy-handed inks of Danny Bulanadi. The title page, with its use of darkened foreground shapes to increase depth, only hints of his potential.  Joe Kubert's cover design is also dampened by its noticeable lack of detail. Other artists in this issue include Fred Carrillo, Dick Ayers and Romeo Tanghal. This is number 1 of 1 Unknown Soldier issues with Miller art and/or covers.
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Kubert cover pencils and inks = **
"The Edge of History" Miller story pencils (Danny Bulanadi inks) 5 pages = *


Frank Miller
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Strange Fantasy v1 #9, 1953 - One of his earliest professional works, Steve Ditko lends a hand on this odd little horror story. A young boy's hair begins to have a life of its own, and upon reaching manhood is instilled with a voracious appetite for flesh. As ridiculous as it sounds, these themes were fairly common during this era. Originally attributed as a solo piece, several sources now indicate that Ditko assisted another artist, possibly Seymour Moskowitz. The bottom of page one shows a faint "SS" signature, which could possibly be initials for the artists' first names (?). At any rate, the art is painfully mediocre and unfortunately bears no resemblance to Ditko's early style. This is number 1 of 1 Strange Fantasy issues with Ditko art and/or covers.
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"Hair Yee-eee" Ditko partial pencils 6 pages = *

Strange Fantasy v1 #9 golden age horror comic book page art by Steve Ditko
Steve Ditko
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Transformers v1 #64, 1990 - This Hasbro toy-themed series had a surprisingly long run during its time. Two decades later, the success of the Steven Spielberg-produced films bring a resurgence of renewed interest. Comic book guides erroneously credit the issue's inking chores to Bernie Wrightson rather than the actual artists Al Williamson and Dan Reed. Although contributing to only the first four pages, Williamson's work is sadly indistinguishable from the rest of the book. This is number 1 of 1 Transformers issue with Williamson art and/or covers.
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"Deadly Obsession" Williamson story inks (Jose Delbo pencils) first 4 pages = *

Al Williamson

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