Friday, June 29, 2012

King Richard and the Crusaders / Four Color Comics v2 #588 - Matt Baker art

King Richard and the Crusaders / Four Color Comics v2 #588, 1954 - Coinciding with the Warner Brothers film of the same name, this movie comic boasts artwork by Matt Baker. At thirty plus pages, "King Richard and the Crusaders" is most likely the longest story of the artist's career. With some exceptions, Baker mostly adheres to the publisher's monotonous six panel grid. An occasional character's face is mildly distorted, but overall the knights are gallant and the maidens lovely (see interior page below). Baker recreates the chivalrous age with great skill, drawing the medieval settings with sensitivity and charm. This was one of only a handful of issues he did for Dell, including work on Lassie. This is number 1 of 1 King Richard and the Crusaders issues with Baker art and/or covers.
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"King Richard and the Crusaders" Baker story pencils and inks 34 pages including inside back cover (black & white) and back cover= ***

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