John Byrne / Walt Simonson
World of Krypton v2 #4, 1987 - In an efficient use of space, John Byrne embeds the planet Krypton right into the cover's masthead. While I could do without the tearful Superman, the layout is well constructed and balanced. The inks by Walt Simonson seem to make less of an impact than previous covers. Other artists in this issue include Mike Mignola and Carlos Garzon. This is number 4 of 4 World of Krypton issues with Byrne art and/or covers and 4 of 4 World of Krypton issues with Simonson art and/or covers.
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Adventures Into The Unknown v1 #96, 1950 - A traveling salesman has a recurring nightmare that turns into a premonition. This all-too-brief Al Williamson tale is quite frankly disappointing. The pencils are hurried and the inks sloppily applied. Three panels are repeated on the final page, appropriate for the storyline but damaging to the overall aesthetic. This story has also been reprinted in Unknown Worlds #47. Other artists in this issue include Ogden Whitney (cover). This is number 3 of 5 Adventures Into The Unknown issues with Williamson art and/or covers (not including reprints).
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"Annals of the Occult" Williamson story pencils (and inks?) 3 pages = *

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Walt Disney's Zorro / Four Color Comics v2 #976, 1959 - Plotting to take control of California, a man called the Eagle and his conspirators disrupt the ammunition supplies. Like some of his previous Zorro features, Alex Toth's illustrations are outstanding. "Gypsy Warning" has all the hallmarks of a Toth story, including finely crafted faces and figures, deft brushwork and detailed backgrounds (see interior page below). His shorter story, though enjoyable, doesn't quite match the standards of the first. "Gypsy Warning" was later reprinted in Walt Disney Comics Digest #39. while "A Double For Diego" was later reprinted in Walt Disney Comics Digest #9. This is number 5 of 8 Zorro issues with Toth art and/or covers (not including reprints).
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"Gypsy Warning" Toth story pencils and inks 26 pages = ****
"A Double For Diego" Toth story pencils and inks 6 pages = ***
"The Four R's of Learning in Spanish California" Toth back cover pencils and inks = *

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Green Lantern Green Arrow #79 dc comic book cover art by Neal Adams
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Green Lantern / Green Arrow v2 #79, 1970 - Neal Adams' cover just meets expectations, despite the atypically conservative layout. Set on an indian reservation, Green Lantern and Green Arrow aid a local tribe, helping them retain their 100 year old lumber rights. The ghostly visage and message of a long-dead indian chief is perfectly dramatized on page 16. Equally superb is Green Lantern's rescue efforts in a tenement fire on pages 7-10 (see interior page below). Masterfully laid out and carefully paced, Adams' outstanding pencils are further enhanced by the inks of Dan Adkins. This is number 5 of 15 Green Lantern issues with Adams art and/or covers.
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Adams cover pencils and inks = ***
"Ulysses Star Is Still Alive"
Adams story pencils (Dan Adkins inks) 24 pages = ***

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Frank Miller
Rom v1 #17, 1981 - The X-men guest star in this two-part storyline, conveniently attracting new readers to the title. Frank Miller's cover seems spontaneously drawn but suffers from the inker's lack of clarity. Alongside Rom, Wolverine is prominently featured, the path of his claws leading the eye from the masthead to the title character. Miller places the moon directly behind the child's head, suggesting an innocence with its resemblance to early Byzantine halos. This is number 3 of 4 Rom issues with Miller art and/or covers.
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Miller cover pencils (Al Milgrom inks) = **

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Swamp Thing v1 #3 1970s bronze age dc comic book cover art by Bernie Wrightson
Bernie Wrightson
Swamp Thing v1 #3, 1973 - A remnant from the previous story, the Patchwork Man makes his first full appearance along with the white-haired Abigail Arcane. Unlike the previous issues, this tale has an abundance of small panels, particularly toward the end. Still, there are some outstanding scenes, including the Swamp Thing's destructiveness on page 3 and the mountaintop explosion on page 8. Equally superb are the masterfully designed sequences on pages 3-5 that emphasize extreme heights through vertical panels (see interior page below). This story was later reprinted in DC Special Series #14 and Roots of the Swamp Thing #2. This is number 3 of 10 Swamp Thing issues with Wrightson art and/or covers.
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"The Patchwork Man"
Wrightson story pencils and inks 23 pages = ****

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Adventures of the Fly v1 #4 1960 - Overall a lackluster issue artistically, there are questions as to who drew what depending on the source. The Overstreet Comic Book Guide credits the cover to Jack Kirby, but loks more likely to be Joe Simon. A 1998 checklist also lists Kirby pencils on "Muggsy's Masterpieces" but Overstreet disputes this. More likely the artist provided layouts, culminating in the terrific spread on pages 6-7. Neal Adams supposedly drew the bottom panel on the first page of "Muggsy's Masterpieces" but I have my doubts. Feel free to share your own opinions.
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Marvel Classics Comics v1 #9 / Dracula, 1976 - Although reprinted from the Pendulum Classics paperback series, Nestor Redondo's art is even more impressive in color. Like his earlier issue, this Bram Stoker adaptation is one of his lengthiest stories at nearly 50 pages. Despite the abundant narration and text, the panels are generally roomy. Many scenes excel artistically, but the stormy shipwreck on page 17 and Miss Murray's evening walk on page 21 stand out. The characters' period clothing and interior flourishes all benefit from Redondo's outstanding brushwork. Other artists in this issue include Gil Kane and Tom Palmer (cover). This is number 2 of 2 Marvel Classics Comics issues with Redondo art and/or covers.
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Twilight Zone v1 #1, 1962 - After four tryout issues, Gold Key premieres a regular series based the sci-fi television show. All stories were newly written for the comics medium. In this first issue, Frank Frazetta appears to have contributed partial inks to two Reed Crandall tales. The first, about an explorer who discovers another civilization, has only scant indications of Frazetta's talent. The second story, about a ghostly woman on a sailboat, is more obviously by his hand (especially in the faces) but still doesn't enhance the art significantly. The artwork falls well below his standards, but the works are more peculiar given the rarity of Frazetta's comics work after the 1960s. "Voyage to Nowhere" was later reprinted in Mystery Comics Digest #3. Other artists in this issue include George Evans. This is number 1 of 1 Twilight Zone issues with Frazetta art and/or covers.
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"Voyage to Nowhere"
Frazetta partial story inks (Reed Crandall pencils) 11 pages = **

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Aquaman v1 #60 dc 1970s bronze age comic book cover art
Aquaman v1 #60, 1978 - Midway through this title's bronze age run, Don Newton takes over the artistic reins. His portrait of a determined Aquaman on the opening splash is somewhat marred by too much text. That aside, his drawings are softer and more fluid than that of his predecessors. The King of Atlantis seems even more commanding and regal than usual. Other artists in this issue include Juan Ortiz, Vince Colletta and Jim Aparo (cover). This is number 1 of 4 Aquaman issues with Newton art and/or covers.
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"Scavenger, Ravenger, Plunderer, Thief!" Newton story pencils (John Celardo inks) 11 pages = ***

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