Metal Men v1 #50 dc 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by Walt Simonson
Walt Simonson
Metal Men v1 #50, 1977 - Resorting to an earlier Metal Men reprint, the story includes new framing pages before and after. The issue's sole highlight is the energetic Walt Simonson cover. The strongly diagonal placement of elements mostly accounts for this, contrasting against the focal point of Doc Magnus in the distance. Other artists in this issue include Ross Andru, Mike Esposito and Joe Staton. This is number 6 of 7 Metal Men issues with Simonson art and/or covers.
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Simonson cover pencils and inks = ***

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The Real McCoys / Four Color Comics v2 #1071, 1960 - Starring Walter Brennan, this television comedy ran for an impressive seven year run. Dell capitalizes on its popularity with this premiere issue. Unlike most of his works for this publisher, Alex Toth's artwork is largely disappointing. Layouts are uninspired and his drawings are rendered erratically throughout the book. The entire issue seems rushed with the minimum of effort. The second feature, "Gettin' Grandpa's Goat", is marginally better (see interior page below) but falters toward the end. This is number 1 of 2 Real McCoys issues with Toth art and/or covers.
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"Wild Wheels" Toth story pencils and inks 19 pages = **
"Gettin' Grandpa's Goat"
Toth story pencils and inks 12 pages = **
"The Think Alikes"
Toth inside back cover pencils and inks = **
"Fair Measure"
Toth inside back cover pencils and inks (black and white) = **
"The Apology" Toth inside back cover pencils and inks = **

Real McCoys / Four Color Comics #1071 dell comic book page art by Alex Toth
Alex Toth
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Tomb of Dracula v2 #2, 1979 - This black and white magazine series accompanied the popular bronze age comic of the same name. Steve Ditko is tasked with drawing the feature story, one of his lengthiest during the bronze age. In the opening scene, Dracula surrounded by an unknown mystical force reminiscent of the artist's early Dr. Strange tales. Overall, it seems evident that his eclectic style is inappropriate for the character. Dracula appears often corny and cartoonish rather than fearsome. The pacing is also long and arduous, containing only a single splash. While the art disappoints, it's still interesting to see Ditko's interpretation of the character. Other artists in this issue include Gene Colan, Frank Robbins and John Tartaglione. This is number 1 of 1 Tomb of Dracula magazine issues with Ditko art and/or covers.
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"The Dimensional Man" Ditko story pencils and inks 36 pages (black and white) = **

Steve Ditko
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The Sandman v1 #3 dc bronze age comic book cover art by Jack Kirby
Jack Kirby
The Sandman v1 #3, 1975 - Is the title hero appearing within the woman's dream, emerging from it, or both? Jack Kirby's cover design could stand more clarity. The encroaching ape on the left also looks uncomfortably squeezed into the remaining negative space. Kirby's uniquely graphic drawing skills are evident though the cover just falls below expectations. Ernie Chua (Chan) draws the interior story in a disappointingly similar style. Kirby would thankfully resume the pencilling chores with the following issue. This is number 3 of 6 Sandman issues with Kirby art and/or covers.
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Kirby cover pencils (Mike Royer inks) = **

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Gunsmoke v2 #7, 1958 - No Al Williamson art in this issue, despite what some comic book price guides say. The artist's work does appear in five other issues of Gunsmoke.

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Steve Ditko
Micronauts v1 annual #2, 1980 - While the majority of pages in this second annual are drawn by Steve Ditko, Rich Buckler lends a hand by pencilling the first seven pages. Interestingly, Ditko himself inks Buckler's pages, possibly in an attempt to maintain consistency. Although the layouts are more flexible than the previous annual, Ditko's drawings are generally unspectacular. The sole highlight of the issue is the revelation of a villain's identity on page 25, due to its large panels and splendid design. A series of Micronaut portraits rounds out the book, providing new readers with additional background info. This is number 2 of 2 Micronauts annual issues with Ditko art and/or covers.
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"The Terrible Toymaster" Ditko
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Micronauts & friends portraits Ditko pencils
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Steve Ditko
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