Thursday, December 8, 2016

Queen of the West Dale Evans #18 - Russ Manning art

Queen of the West Dale Evans v1 #18, 1958 - In the first of two Russ Manning tales, a newly unemployed teenager makes a futile,  half-hearted attempt at a bank robbery. The second story chronicles a tornado blowing through Mineral City, creating enough havoc for two prison inmates to escape. Manning's artwork is superlative as usual on this series. Both stories appear to have a tad more detail,  especially on the larger panels. Panel and page compositions are complex but well organized. On a side note, the single page text story "Silent Partner" has an illustration similar to Alex Toth, but more likely another artist copying his style. I'd welcome other opinions. This is number 14 of 15 Queen of the West Dale Evans issues with Manning art and/or covers. 
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"The Fatal Error" Manning story pencils and inks 14 pages = ***
"Twister Trouble" Manning story pencils and inks 13 pages = ***

Russ Manning
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