Saturday, August 24, 2013

Astonishing Tales #4 - Barry Windsor Smith, Wally Wood art


Astonishing Tales v1 #4 featuring Ka-Zar and Dr. Doom, 1971 - A priestess named Zaladane threatens to conquer the Savage Land, unless Ka-Zar and his allies can stop her. Barry Smith's eclectic architecture and creatures are wildly distinctive. The same verve and spontaneity that graces his Conan the Barbarian issues also occurs here. By contrast, Wally Wood's Dr. Doom story seems more traditional by comparison. The Red Skull and cohorts take over Latveria while its dictator is away. The artwork is drawn with little fanfare, with the exception of the ending splash of a resurgent Nazi party. This story was later reprinted in Savage Tales annual #1. Other artists in this issue include John Buscema (cover). This is number 2 of 5 Astonishing Tales issues with Smith art and/or covers and number 4 of 4 Astonishing Tales issues with Wood art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Smith, Wood, Astonishing Tales or Ka-zar issues. See also this blog's Smith checklist, Wood checklist or Top 10 Smith comics.
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"The Sun God" Smith story pencils (Sam Grainger inks) 10 pages = ***
"The Invaders!" Wood story pencils and inks 10 pages = ***

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Wally Wood

Barry Windsor Smith
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More Smith posts:
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More Wood posts:
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