Monday, April 24, 2017

Detective Comics #500 - Joe Kubert, Walt Simonson art & partial cover


Detective Comics v1 #500, 1981 - This giant landmark issue features not only Batman and Robin, but several other DC stars as well. Notably, Walter Gibson, creator of The Shadow, contributes a lengthy text story. Most notable in my opinion is a brief Walt Simonson Batman tale. Though only two pages, his stunning artwork and layouts are accompanied by only minimal text. His sharp, angular style matches his early work, making this tale more likely from the 1970s. Joe Kubert delivers a Hawkman and Hawkgirl adventure, which delves into the Martian Manhunter's past. While not at the same level as his silver age Brave and Bold issues, his style is nonetheless appealing and engaging. Note that both Simonson and Kubert drew some of the figures on the cover.  Other artists in this issue include Tom Yeats, Jose Garcia Lopez, Jim Aparo, Carmine Infantino, Bob Smith and Dick Giordano. This is number 11 of 11 Detective Comics issues with Simonson art and/or covers.
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Simonson partial cover pencils and inks = ***
Kubert partial cover pencils and inks = ***
"Once Upon a Time" Simonson story pencils and inks 2 pages = ****

Joe Kubert
Walt Simonson
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