Wednesday, August 21, 2013

What If (Elektra had lived)? #35 - Steve Ditko, Frank Miller art

Frank Miller
What If (Elektra had lived)? v1 #35, 1981 - This alternate Daredevil story draws from events prior to and included in Daredevil #181. Frank Miller swipes his own layouts from the landmark issue, augmenting his newer artwork. Interestingly, Terry Austin's inking gives the scenes a different look from Klaus Janson's originals. Some spontaneity is lost, but compensated by more intricate detail. As a whole, this story is comparable to Miller's best work on Daredevil. A second feature reveals the origin of Tigra the Were-woman. Steve Ditko illustrations are adequate, drawn in his usual eclectic style. Other artists in this issue include Greg LaRocque, Mike Esposito and others. This is number 3 of 3 What If issues with Miller art and/or covers and number 1 of 2 What If issues with Ditko art and/or covers.
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"What If Bullseye had not killed Elektra?" Miller story pencils (Terry Austin inks) 12 pages = ****
"And Thus are Born the Cat People" Ditko story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***


Steve Ditko
Frank Miller
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1 comment:

  1. I respectfully disagree with your assessment of Miller and Austin's collaboration here. This book (along with Daredevil #191, another Miller/Austin issue) contains my all-time favorite comic art.

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