Sunday, September 27, 2015

Savage Sword of Conan #6 - Alex Nino, Don Newton art

Savage Sword of Conan v1 #6, 1975 - Don Newton's rendition of Conan on the inside front cover is poorly done, especially compared to Alex Nino's contributions in the same issue. The Filipino artist's text illustrations are among the best in the series. Even more outstanding is his thirty page tale that follows. A murderous plot leads to a time traveling incident that brings past and present to full circle. Nino's drawings are harsh but textural and beautiful at the same time. His layout and pacing are impeccable, include the free-fall sequence on page 46 and the extraordinary two-page spread on pages 48-49. While his details can be overwhelming at times, the overall result is a black and white masterpiece. This story was later reprinted in Marvel Treasury Edition #19. Other artists in this issue include John Buscema. This is number 1 of 1 Savage Sword of Conan issues with Nino art and/or covers and number 1 of 1 Savage Sword of Conan issues with Newton art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Nino, Newton or Savage Sword of Conan issues. See also this blog's Newton checklist or Nino checklist.
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Newton inside front cover pencils and inks (black and white) = *
"Gods of the Hyborian Age" Nino text illo pencils and inks 2 pages (black and white) = ****
"Can Any Good Thing Come Out of Cimmeria?" Nino text illo pencils and inks 1 page (black and white) = ****
"People of the Dark" Nino story pencils and inks 30 pages (black and white) = *****
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Alex Nino
Don Newton
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More Nino posts:
House of Mystery #224
Ghosts #35
Power Man #42

More Newton posts:
Shazam #35
The Phantom v2 #74 charlton comic book cover art by Don Newton
Phantom #74
GS Defenders #3

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