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1984 #9 - Alex Nino art


1984 (magazine) v1 #9, 1978 - In Alex Nino's first of two stories, space travelers investigate a planetary anomaly between Mars and Jupiter. The artist employs both air-brushing and textural linework throughout, culminating in an climactic splash on page 17. The influence of European artists (such as Moebius) is clear. Even better is Nino's second tale, a science fiction homage to Al Capp's Schmoo. The series of four double-page spreads is stunning, optimally designed for black-and-white. This is Nino at his most innovative, pushing the boundaries of visual storytelling. Other artists in this issue include Jess Jodloman and Frank Springer. This is number 9 of 10 1984 magazine issues with Nino art and/or covers.
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"Break Even" Nino story pencils and inks 18 pages = ***
"The Schmoo Connection" Nino story pencils and inks 8 pages = ****

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