Pictorial Romances #17 - Matt Baker art, cover & reprints, Joe Kubert reprint

Matt Baker
Pictorial Romances v1 #17, 1953 - The first of several giant editions, this issue boasts of no less than six Matt Baker stories. "Sharecropper's Daughter" tells of a woman dominated by the son of an old farmer, while a former reform school kid seeks acceptance in "Black-Balled". In "Love Demon", a girl's fiancee' ignores corruption at her uncle's construction firm. All three are sumptuously drawn with fine detailing throughout. Page layouts and sequencing are carefully considered. "Strange Relationship", in which a newspaper owner's daughter takes over, is slightly marred by an unknown inker. More than a few panels lack clarity and definition. All four of these original Baker works display more depth and maturity than his two earlier stories: "They Caught Me Cheating At Love" and "I Played At Love". Along with Joe Kubert's "The Heart's Trophy", these tales were first published in Pictorial Confessions #3. Other artists in this issue include Ric Estrada. This is number 14 of 21 Pictorial Romances issues with Baker art and/or covers.
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Baker cover pencils and inks = ***
"Sharecropper's Daughter" Baker story pencils and inks 8 pages = ****
"Strange Relationship" Baker story pencils 8 pages = ***
"Love Demon" Baker story pencils and inks 7 pages = ****
"Black-Balled" Baker story pencils and inks 7 pages = ****

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