11/27/14

Star Spangled War Stories #180 - Joe Kubert cover, Walt Simonson art

Joe Kubert
Star Spangled War Stories v1 #180 featuring the Unknown Soldier, 1974 - In this sequel to the sci-fi tale in Star Spangled War Stories #170,  a group of futuristic soldiers discover a war machine that survived its initial destruction. Walt Simonson's artwork is more polished and confidently drawn. Layout and pacing are integral to the storytelling. The sliced up panel sequences on page 5 are inventive and devastatingly effective. Simonson's excellent back-up feature is supplemented by his sharp rendition of a Phantom II navy fighter jet. "Return" was later reprinted in The Art of Walt Simonson. Joe Kubert's cover portrays a deadly conundrum for the Unknown Soldier. This is number 3 of 3 Star Spangled War Stories issues with Simonson art and/or covers. 
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Kubert cover pencils and inks = ***
"Return" Simonson story pencils and inks 6 pages = ****
"Phantom II" Simonson pin-up pencils and inks 1 page = ****

Walt Simonson
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