Saturday, July 27, 2013

Mystery In Space #1 - Frank Frazetta, Alex Toth art


Mystery In Space v1 #1, 1951 - Small mysterious spores fall to Earth like snow, freezing everything in sight. Frank Frazetta begins this tale with a lackluster, almost minimal opening splash. The artwork improves marginally on subsequent pages, although some of the faces and figures seem hurried. Some panels show Frazetta's penchant for texture, mostly in his renditions of foliage and furry winter parkas (this story was later reprinted in Masterworks Series of Great Comic Book Artists #2 and the Mysteries In Space tpb). Alex Toth's story, about a scientist who discovers the secret to immortality, also disappoints. The layouts are compositionally dull and figure drawings seem out of proportion on most panels. Other artists in this issue include Carmine Infantino. This is number 1 of 1 Mystery in Space issues with Frazetta art and/or covers and number 1 of 2 Mystery in Space issues with Toth art and/or covers.
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"Spores from Space" Frazetta story pencils and inks 8 pages = **
"The Men Who Lived Forever" Toth
story pencils (Sy Barry inks) 10 pages = **

Alex Toth

Frank Frazetta
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