9/20/13

Cowboy Action #11 - Matt Baker, Al Williamson art


Cowboy Action v1 #11, 1956 - Going after his brother's killer, a gunman tracks down the man responsible to a peaceful family-owned ranch. Artfully drawn, Al Williamson employs shadows and heavy blacks to convey an ominous mood. His opening page is particularly good, rendering fine details on the determined rider and his horse. Matt Baker's effort tells of a farm boy who idolizes Billy the Kid. Past the opening splash, the artwork comes alive with texture and fluid linework. Combined with his free-form layouts, the story teems with movement and expressiveness (see interior page shown below). Other artists in this issue include Robert McCarty, Chuck Miller, Paul Reinman, George Tuska and Joe Maneely (cover). This is number 1 of 1 Cowboy Action issues with Baker art and/or covers and number 1 of 1 Cowboy Action issues with Williamson art and/or covers.
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"Billy the Kid" Baker story pencils and inks 4 pages = ****
"The Man-hunter" Williamson story pencils (Angelo Torres inks) 5 pages = ***

Al Williamson

Matt Baker
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