Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Challengers of the Unknown #74 - Neal Adams art & cover, Bernie Wrightson art

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Challengers of the Unknown v1 #74, 1970 - As a little girl's life is endangered by a malevolent spirit, the Challengers come to her aid. Deadman lends a hand, though the team is unaware of his presence. Neal Adams' cover is eerily disturbing, consistent with the title's temporary shift from science fiction to horror. Although the bulk of the story is drawn by George Tuska, Adams contributes pages toward the beginning and end, centered around Deadman's appearances. This issue also includes an unrelated, one-page tale, capably illustrated by Bernie Wrightson. The interior page shown above is by Adams. This is number 1 of 2 Challengers of the Unknown issues with Wrightson art and/or covers and number 5 of 6 Challengers of the Unknown issues with Adams art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Adams, Wrightson or Challengers of the Unknown issues. See also this blog's Adams checklist, Top 10 Adams comics, Wrightson checklist or Top 10 Wrightson comics.
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Adams cover pencils and inks = ***
"To Call A Deadman" Adams opening splash figure, story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***
"Dark as Death" Wrightson story pencils and inks 1 page = ***

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Daredevil #43 - Jack Kirby cover

Daredevil v1 #43 marvel 1960s silver age comic book cover art by Jack KirbyDaredevil v1 #43, 1968 - Daredevil pits himself against Captain America in this early battle between heroes. Jack Kirby's cover seems more distorted than usual, especially the foreshortened limbs. Still, his graphically harsh, almost Cubist approach is undeniably striking. Perhaps due to his greater popularity, Cap is more prominently featured than the title character. Other artists in this issue include Gene Colan and Tom Palmer. This is number 7 of 8 Daredevil issues with Kirby art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kirby or Daredevil issues. See also this blog's Kirby checklist. See also this blog's Kirby checklist.
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Kirby cover pencils (Joe Sinnott inks) = ***
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Monday, November 5, 2012

Swamp Thing #11 - Nestor Redondo art (1st Redondo Swamp Thing)

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Swamp Thing v1 #11, 1974 - An ancient race of giant, intelligent worms comes to the surface, but their intentions are unclear. Taking over the artistic reins from Bernie Wrightson, Nestor Redondo begins his own memorable run on this horror title. In contrast to the dark, brooding style of his predecessor, Redondo's drawings are lighter and more sophisticated. Two beautifully drawn splash pages are the highlights of the story, including his disturbing rendition of the worms' attack on Matt Cable and Abigail Arcane (page 7). Other artists in this issue include Luis Domingez (cover). This is number 1 of 13 Swamp Thing issues with Redondo art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Redondo or Swamp Thing issues. See also this blog's Redondo checklist or Top 10 Redondo comics.
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"The Conqueror Worms" Redondo story pencils and inks 20 pages = ****
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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Fightin' Marines #4 - Matt Baker art


Fightin' Marines v1 #4, 1952 - Remedying her army buddy's ill-fitting uniform, Canteen Kate swipes some fabric from the supply depot. The subsequent chaos that results is drawn with skillful humor, thanks to Matt Baker. His short but engaging tale adds comic relief to an issue otherwise filled with gritty war stories. Note that one of Baker's panels is re-purposed for the cover (upper left). This is number 3 of 12 Fightin' Marines issues with Baker art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Baker, Canteen Kate or Fightin' Marines issues. See also this blog's Matt Baker checklist.
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"Tailor Maid" Baker story pencils and inks 6 pages = ***
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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Ewoks #10 - mis-attributed Al Williamson art

Ewoks v1 #10, 1986 - Listed in some price guides as having Al Williamson inks, this issue only contains art by Warren Kremer and longtime Spider-man artist John Romita. The story continues from Droids #4, another Star Wars spin-off title under the Star Comics imprint. See today's posts or more Williamson or Ewoks issues. See also this blog's Williamson checklist.
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DC Super-Stars #16 / Star Hunters - Don Newton art & cover


DC Super-Stars v1 #16 featuring Star Hunters, 1977 - The Star Hunters mark their first appearance, led by an Errol Flynn-like character named Donovan Flint. This giant issue boasts an impressive story length of over thirty pages. Don Newton's drawings are sound and his layouts paced accordingly. Bob Layton is usually a sympathetic inker to Newton's pencils, but here his inks vary widely in quality. Many pages are beautifully rendered, while others (like the opening splash) seem lacking. What could have been an great Newton piece becomes a merely good one. The adventures of these space heroes continue in Star Hunters #1. This is number 1 of 1 DC Super-Stars issues with Newton art and/or covers. See today's posts or more NewtonDC Super-Stars or Star Hunters issues. See also this blog's Don Newton checklist.
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Newton cover pencils (Bob Layton inks) = **
"The Star Hunters"
Newton story pencils (Bob Layton inks) 34 pages = ***
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Friday, November 2, 2012

77 Sunset Strip / Four Color Comics v2 #1106 - Alex Toth art

77 Sunset Strip / Four Color Comics #1106 dell tv 1960s silver age comic book page art by Alex Toth
77 Sunset Strip / Four Color Comics v2 #1106, 1960 - Kookie borrows his detective dad's car, only to be kidnapped by a gang of thugs. Alex Toth's lead story begins competently enough, but the artwork becomes more erratic midway through (see interior page above). By contrast, "Lights, Camera, Danger" seems to be drawn with a more confident line. The opening panel's scene of a restaurant parking lot is impressive, not only in Toth's rendition of cars but its overall naturalism. The artist's single page "Kookie's Catch" rounds out the book, but an alternate version of the same issue replaces it with an ad. This is number 2 of 3 77 Sunset Strip issues with Toth art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Toth or 77 Sunset Strip issues. See also this blog's Toth checklist.
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"Kookie's Close Call" Toth story pencils and inks 16 pages = **
"Lights, Camera, Danger"
Toth story pencils and inks 16 pages = ***
"Grapevine Clues"
Toth pencils and inks inside back cover (black and white) = *
"Kookie's Catch" Toth back cover pencils and inks = **
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Power Man #31 - Neal Adams art


Luke Cage, Power Man v1 #31, 1976 - Luke fends off Piranha Jones, a crime boss whose teeth have been replaced with steel spikes. The "Crusty Bunkers", an informal group of artistic collaborators, pitches in to ink Sal Buscema's pencils. Neal Adams, a frequent participant, does most of the work, delineating Power Man's faces and figures throughout the tale. Despite a noticeable improvement, the overall results fall short of other comparable Adams works. Other artists in this issue include Rich Buckler/Dan Adkins (cover). This is number 1 of 1 Power Man issues with Adams art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Adams or Power Man issues. See also this blog's Adams checklist or Top 10 Adams comics.
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"Over the Years They Murdered the Stars" Adams story partial inks (Sal Buscema pencils) 17 pages = **
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