Friday, March 27, 2015

Jimmy Wakely #7 - Frank Frazetta, Alex Toth art

Jimmy Wakely v1 #7, 1950 - In this issue, two of three Jimmy Wakely tales are illustrated by Alex Toth. The artist's hand is most evident on the opening splash pages, but in general his efforts seem less than enthusiastic. Frank Frazetta recounts the legend of Botalye, the Plains indian who charged the US army alone and unarmed (see interior page below). The opening page appears sloppily drawn, especially the first panel. Details abound, but the figure drawings appear hurried. The remaining two pages have greater precision and clarity, but Frazetta's total effort falls just short. This story was later reprinted in All Star Western #99 and Masterworks Series of Great Comic Book Artists #2. Other artists in this issue include Carmine Infantino and Gil Kane. This is number 4 of 4 Jimmy Wakely issues with Frazetta art and/or covers and number 7 of 15 Jimmy Wakely issues with Toth art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Frazetta, Toth or Jimmy Wakely issues. See also this blog's Toth checklist, Frazetta checklist or Top 10 Frazetta comics.
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"Botalye, Immortal Indian Warrior" story pencils and inks 3 pages = **
"The Secret of Hairpin Canyon” Toth story pencils (Bernard Sachs inks) 9 pages = *
"Desert Justice” Toth story pencils (Frank Giacoia inks) 8 pages = *
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Alex Toth

Frank Frazetta
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More Frazetta posts:
Heroic Comics #75
Durango Kid #13
Coo Coo Comics #40

More Toth posts:
Secret Hearts #149
Vampirella #108
Rex Allen #24

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