10/4/14

Star Spangled War Stories #172 - Joe Kubert cover, Walt Simonson art

Joe Kubert
Star Spangled War Stories v1 #172 featuring the Unknown Soldier, 1973 - In Walt Simonson's brief tale, the final days of the Alamo are recounted, including a key decision that could have changed history. At first glance, the story art adequate portrays the pre-statehood era of Texas. Under closer inspection, however, certain panels falter and suggest a lack of effort (page 2 panel 5 for example). Overall, Simonson's layouts are fairly standard and he retains his unusually distinctive linework. Joe Kubert's cover is better, revealing a trio of Nazi planes within the torn opening of the title character's parachute. This is number 2 of 3 Star Spangled War Stories issues with Simonson art and/or covers. 
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Kubert cover pencils and inks = ***
"Decision" Simonson story pencils and inks 3 pages = **

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