Jim Starlin
(Adventure into) Fear v1 #12 with the Man-Thing, 1972 - A white policeman hunts down a black fugitive in this racially charged story. Known primarily for his super-hero work, Jim Starlin uses the same sense of innovative design and pacing. In addition to two full page splashes, Starlin juxtaposes two powerfully emotive faces in direct contrast to one another (see interior page below). Rich Buckler's inks also add a gritty intensity to the scenes. Unfortunately, the cover fails to match up to the intensity of the interior pages. This is number 1 of 1 Fear issues with Starlin art and/or covers.
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Starlin cover pencils (Rich Buckler inks) = **
"No Choice of Colors" Starlin story pencils (Rich Buckler inks) 15 pages = ****

Jim Starlin
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Outer Space v1 #19, 1958 - Like the previous issue, the three Steve Ditko stories in this sci-fi issue seem to vary in quality and effort. The first, a historical record of UFO sightings, is adequate compared to the more simplistic renderings of the second. The most interesting by far is "Ten Billion BC", a graphically sparse tale with some mildly innovative layouts toward the final pages. Other artists in this issue include Sal Trapani and Paul Reinman. This is number 2 of 5 Outer Space issues with Ditko art and/or covers.
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"What are the Flying Saucers?" Ditko story pencils and inks 5 pages = ***
"The Strange Asteroid" Ditko story pencils and inks 5 pages = **
"Ten Billion BC" Ditko story pencils and inks 6 pages = ***


Outer Space v1 #19 charlton sci-fi comic book page art by Steve Ditko
Steve Ditko
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The Sandman v1 #6 dc bronze age comic book cover art by Jack Kirby, Wally Wood
Jack Kirby / Wally Wood
The Sandman v1 #6, 1975 - Despite the considerable talents of Jack Kirby and Wally Wood, both artists underperform on this cover. Despite a passable layout (borrowed from page 3 panel 1), the lack of detail suggests minimal effort. Thankfully, their collaboration of the interior story is more polished. Wood's inks increase depth and interest in Kirby's graphic layouts, nicely meshing together their respective styles. This is their only bronze age story together that I'm aware of and possibly their last collaboration. This is number 6 of 6 Sandman issues with Kirby art and/or covers and number 1 of 1 Sandman issues with Wood art and/or covers.
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Kirby cover pencils / Wood inks = *
"The Plot to Destroy Washington DC" Kirby story pencils / Wood inks 18 pages = ***


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Jack Kirby / Wally Wood
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Strange Tales v1 #161 nick fury shield comic book cover art by Jim Steranko
Jim Steranko
Strange Tales v1 #161 featuring Nick Fury & Doctor Strange, 1967 - Nick Fury and Captain America enlist the aid of Mr. Fantastic and the Thing to stop an inter-dimensional army. Jim Steranko's artwork continues to improve, using dynamic illustrations with precision details. Fury and Cap fight against overwhelming odds on an excellent splash page, but it's the two page spread at the very end that jars the senses. A wide panorama reveals the high-tech headquarters of the invasion's mastermind, the Yellow Claw. Other artists in this issue include Dan Adkins. This is number 11 of 18 Strange Tales issues with Steranko art and/or covers.
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Steranko cover pencils and inks = ***
"Project Blackout pt 2" Steranko story pencils and inks 12 pages = ***

Strange Tales v1 #161 nick fury shield comic book page art by Jim Steranko
Jim Steranko
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