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Mike Ploog
Giant-size Man-Thing v1 #1, 1974 - Regular series artist Mike Ploog illustrates the Man-Thing's first giant-size annual (his second-longest bronze age tale after Marvel Spotlight #2). Two splash pages accompany the many spacious panels within the story. His drawings lack definition on certain pages, but his best work occurs on the climactic fight scene on pages 30-32. Ploog captures the same scene on the cover, but with more impact, excitement and visual appeal. Reprints from Jack Kirby (Strange Tales #67 and Tales of Suspense #15) and Steve Ditko (Amazing Adult Fantasy #11) round out the book. This is number 1 of 1 Giant Size Man-Thing issues with Ploog art and/or covers.
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Ploog cover pencils and inks = *****
"When the Last Flame Dies" Ploog story
pencils (Frank Chiaramonte inks) 25 pages = ***

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Sea Hunt v1 #9, 1961 - Unlike the previous issues, Russ Manning illustrates the entire book, including four stories and various educational pages. In the three main features, Mike Nelson is hired for his diving expertise, running afoul of both thieves and spies. Not surprisingly, these showcase Manning's astute drawing skills. The most exciting scenes are near water or underwater, where the artist employs more dramatic lighting and layout (see interior page below). Hard pressed to find a standout, all four stories are enjoyable and aesthetically pleasing. This is number 5 of 8 Sea Hunt issues with Manning art and/or covers. 
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"Underwater Coverup" Manning story pencils and inks 10 pages = ***
"Deep Divers" Manning story pencils and inks 1 page = **
"Suspicious Waters" Manning story pencils and inks 9 pages = ***
"The Gribet Hunt" Manning story pencils and inks 3 pages = ***
"The Bay Bandit" Manning story pencils and inks 8 pages = ***
"The Red Tide" Manning story pencils and inks 1 page = **

"Animals of the Sea" Manning inside back cover pencils and inks (black and white) = **
" Birds of the Sea" Manning back cover pencils and inks = ***

Russ Manning
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Jim Steranko
Jim Steranko's cover for ol' greenskin's first annual, Incredible Hulk v2 special #1. Plenty of contrast, good allocation of whites and blacks.

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Weird Mystery Tales v1 #1, 1972 - Credited in price guides for the opening splash, Bernie Wrightson only draws the series host, sharing space with Jack Kirby's title page. Originally done for Spirit World magazine, "Horoscope Phenomenon" retains a nightmarish feel. The reduction to the smaller format has little impact on Kirby's competent story art. Other artists in this issue include Jack Abel and Michael Kaluta (cover). This is number 1 of 3 Weird Mystery Tales issues with Wrightson art and/or covers and number 1 of 3 Weird Mystery Tales issues with Kirby art and/or covers.
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Wrightson partial splash page pencils and inks = **
"Horoscope Phenomenon or Witch Queen of Ancient Sumeria?" Kirby story pencils (Mike Royer inks) 10 pages = ***

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Captain Marvel #26 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by Jim Starlin
Jim Starlin
Captain Marvel v2 #26, 1973 - The Thing is lured into a carefully laid trap, trading blows with an enraged Captain Marvel. The Kree warrior's face has been modified on Jim Starlin's cover (most likely by John Romita) but the overall effort is still lackluster. Inside, the artist's rendition of the Thing is more comical than intended, but his innovative sequences more than compensate. His pencils are further polished by Dave Cockrum's smooth inking. Starlin's action scenes culminate in a splash page of the villain Thanos (his second appearance since Iron Man #55). This story was later reprinted in Life of Captain Marvel #1 and Life of Captain Marvel #2. This is number 2 of 12 Captain Marvel issues with Starlin art and/or covers.
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Starlin cover pencils (John Romita? inks) = *
"Betrayal" Starlin story pencils (Dave Cockrum inks) 20 pages = ***

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Batman v1 #237 dc comic book cover art by Neal Adams
Neal Adams
Batman v1 #237, 1971 - Set in Rutland, Vermont during their annual Halloween Festival, the heroes track a murderer dressed as the grim reaper. Although too many elements mar Neal Adams' cover, the same scene works more successfully on an interior splash (page 8). Superbly drawn throughout, the artist shows a mastery of pacing in addition to his rendering skills. Highlights include keenly designed panel sequences of Halloween parade floats (pages 2-3) and a car-bomb explosion (page 18). Interestingly, this Denny O' Neil story includes input from science fiction author Harlan Ellison and artist Bernie Wrightson. This story was later reprinted in Limited Collectors' Edition #C-52 and Best of DC #51. Rounding out the book is a Batman story reprinted from Detective Comics #37.
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Adams cover pencils (Dick Giordano inks) = ***
"The Night Of The Reaper"
Adams story pencils (Dick Giordano inks) 25 pages = ***

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Sea Hunt v1 #6, 1960 - Mike Nelson, scuba diver for hire, travels to Mexico to help salvage ancient treasure. Russ Manning opens with a beautiful large panel, displaying a bird's eye view of Mayan ruins. Similarly, the second story benefits from a helicopter-level view of a completely flooded town. Both stories are precisely laid out and drawn in Manning's signature streamlined style. This is number 3 of 8 Sea Hunt issues with Manning art and/or covers. 
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"Treasure of the Mayas" Manning story pencils and inks 16 pages = ***
"The Fisherman's Feat" Manning story pencils and inks 4 pages = ***
"Underwater City"
Manning story pencils and inks 10 pages = ***
"Hot and Cold Running Water" Manning story pencils and inks 1 page = *
"The New Frontier" Manning inside
back cover pencils and inks (black and white) = ***
"Treasure of the Seas" Manning back cover pencils and inks = ***


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Joe Kubert
Atom and Hawkman v1 #39, 1968 - Consolidating both The Atom and Hawkman series, DC brings both heroes together in one title. Joe Kubert, Hawkman's best artist during the golden and silver age, makes a logical choice as cover artist. A bit busier than I prefer, the layout leaves little room for breathing space. Kubert partially offsets this with his keen draftsmanship. Other artists in this issue include Murphy Anderson / Joe Giella. This is number 1 of 7 Atom and Hawkman issues
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Kubert cover pencils and inks = ***

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