Battle #68 - Jack Kirby cover, Kirby / Steve Ditko art, Kirby / Al Williamson art

Jack Kirby
Battle v1 #68, 1960 - Two Jack Kirby tales occupy this issue, each finished by a different inker. In the first, an American pilot grows bored with reconnaissance missions, until he encounters the enemy. Al Williamson's inks add little enhancement, with the exception of the more heavily detailed splash page. Kirby's second story deals with a young soldier's first run-in with an enemy patrol. Steve Ditko's finishes are finely textured and meticulous. Especially noteworthy is the first panel, contrasting the freshly arrived soldiers with the coarse, exhausted veterans passing them. In this issue, Kirby's cover gives readers a chance to see his pencils delineated by a third inker. Other artists in this issue include Carl Burgos, Don Heck and John Severin. This is number 5 of 7 Battle issues with Kirby art and/or covers, number 3 of 3 Battle issues with Williamson art and/or covers and number 2 of 3 Battle issues with Ditko art and/or covers.
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Kirby cover pencils (Frank Giacoia inks) = ***
"Sitting Duck" Kirby story pencils / Williamson inks 4 pages = ***

"Guard Duty" Kirby story pencils / Ditko inks 4 pages = ***

Jack Kirby / Al Williamson

Jack Kirby / Steve Ditko
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