Teen-age Romances #6
Teen-age Romances v1 #6, 1949 - A young actress jeopardizes her part by going home to care for her sick mother. Matt Baker's first tale is clearly told and ably drawn with minimal fuss. His second story is a tad better, about a girl eager to find someone by dating several boys of varied reputations. Baker skillfully designs each panel despite the abundance of dialogue. Both stories would later be reprinted in Diary Secrets #14 and Teen-Age Romances #43. This golden age romance comic was published by St. John. This is number 6 of 42 Teen-age Romances issues with Baker art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Baker or >Teen-age Romances comics on ebay.
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"Rx for a Broken Heart" Baker story pencils and inks 8 pages = ***
"Was I a Fool to Go On Loving Him?" Baker story pencils and inks 8 pages = ***


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Original cover to Scorpio Rose #1, 1980s

Marshall Rogers

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Nova #1
Nova v1 #1, 1976 - Richard Ryder is a self-proclaimed loser in high school: bad at sports, bad at academics and very few friends. That all changes when he receives super powers from a high orbiting spaceship. Making his key first appearance as Nova, he vows to avenge the death of billions on an alien planet. This Marvel bronze age superhero origin was written by Marv Wolfman and drawn by John Buscema and Joe Sinnott. Cover by Buscema and Sinnott. See more Nova issues. Find >this issue or more >Nova issues on ebay.
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"Nova" 17 pages

1st Nova appearance 
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Hot Wheels v1 #3 dc 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by Neal Adams
Neal Adams
Hot Wheels v1 #3, 1970 - Jack Wheeler and his crew aid the police in stopping a slew of bank robberies. Alex Toth's streamlined approach is a tad less detailed than previous issue, mostly due to Vince Colletta's spare inking. The first several pages, including the two-page spread, fare better than the rest. Neal Adams does a decent cover, although more realistic approach than the interiors. Other artists in this issue include Jack Keller, Ric Estrada and Dick Giordano. This is number 3 of 5 Hot Wheels issues with Toth art and/or covers and number 1 of 2 Hot Wheels issues with Adams art and/or covers. This DC bronze age adventure comic is also included in this Toth gallery. Find >this issue or more >Adams, >Toth or >Hot Wheels issues on ebay.
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Adams cover pencils (Dick Giordano inks) = ***
"Stakeout" Toth story pencils
(Vince Colletta inks) 13 pages = ***

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Tor v2 #3 dc bronze age comic book cover art by Joe Kubert
Joe Kubert
Tor v2 #3, 1975 - The masthead shrinks down in size from the previous issue, lessening the impact of Joe Kubert's cover. Tor attempts to save a child (looking too stunted and distorted) from an oncoming lava flow. The interiors reprint "Isle of Fire" from Tor #3 and and "Danny Dreams" from Tor #5. No Alex Toth reprint appears in this DC bronze age adventure comic, as specified in some comic book price guides. This is number 3 of 6 Tor v2 issues with Kubert art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Kubert, >Toth or >Tor issues on ebay.
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Kubert cover pencils and inks = ***


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Walt Simonson
X-Factor v1 #15, 1987 - To his horror, doctors surgically remove the Angel's wings to save his life. Simple in design but clever in concept, Walt Simonson's cover gets the idea across. Certain interior pages seem imprecisely drawn and lack detail. Compared to Simonson's other work on the series, this is one of his slightly lesser efforts. This copper age superhero comic was published by Marvel. This is number 6 of 29 X-Factor issues with Simonson art and/or covers.
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Simonson cover pencils and inks = ***
"Whose Death Is It, Anyway" Simonson story pencils (Bob Wiacek inks) 22 pages = **
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Who Is Next? v1
Standard
1953

5 - Alex Toth art

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Detective Comics #519
Detective Comics v1 #519, 1982 - When Colonel Blimp (yes, that's his name and no, he's not overweight) threatens Washington DC, the Batman intervenes to stop him. Don Newton uses noticeably bigger and fewer panels in the layouts. Full page splash at the start is followed by a double page spread, then followed by an explosive Hindenburg-type scene (see interior page below). Sadly, Newton's pencils are obscured by inker John Calnan, to the point of being unrecognizable. Other artists in this DC copper age superhero comic include Trevor Von Eeden. Cover by Jim Aparo. This is number 35 of 39 Detective Comics issues with Newton art and/or covers.
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"Like a Dreadnought in the Sky" Newton story pencils (John Calnan inks) 17 pages = *

Don Newton
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 Jack Kirby
Our Fighting Forces v1 #156 featuring the Losers, 1975 - Ending their furlough in Manhattan, the heroes are tasked with finding a u-boat off the Long Island shore. Jack Kirby does a capable job overall, but his opening spread is his most arresting to date on the series. Giving readers a birds-eye view, a massive ship is violently blown apart by Nazi torpedoes while American planes fly overhead. Mike Royer takes over as inker, reinforcing Kirby's dynamic pencils. The artist's cover, on the other hand, looks stiff by comparison. Accompanying the main story are two informative pages on military headgear. This bronze age war comic was published by DC. This is number 6 of 12 Our Fighting Forces issues with Kirby art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Kirby or >Our Fighting Forces issues on ebay.
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Kirby cover pencils (Mike Royer inks) = **
"Goodbye Broadway, Hello Death" Kirby story pencils (Mike Royer inks) 18 pages = ***
"Hard Hats of War" Kirby story pencils (Mike Royer inks) 1 page = ***
"Gaudy and the Grand" Kirby story pencils (Mike Royer inks) 1 page = ***

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Eerie v3 #93
Eerie v3 #93, 1978 - In the latest Abelmar Jones adventure, sneaking into an apartment in Harlem results in an alien encounter of the worst kind. Alex Nino's style easily blends humor and horror within the same story. As usual, his layouts are complex but maintain a visual reading path throughout the pages. Panels overlap or disappear altogether, emphasizing the overall page designs. And yes, some of the stereotyping is cringe-worthy. Other artists in this Warren bronze age horror magazine include Leo Duranona, Jose Ortiz, Moreno Casares, Abel Laxamana and Alfredo Alcala. Cover by Don Maitz. This is number 4 of 5 Eerie issues with Nino art and/or covers (not including reprints). Find >this issue or more >Nino or >Eerie issues on ebay.
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"The Slime Creature of Harlem Avenue" Nino story pencils and inks 8 pages = ***

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Showcase v1 #75 Hawk and the Dove dc comic book cover art by Steve Ditko
Steve Ditko
Showcase v1 #75 featuring Hawk and the Dove, 1968 - Two brothers join forces to fight injustice as a costumed duo. One advocates aggression and the other non-violence in one of Steve Ditko's most original creations. The carefully sequenced cover is quite tame, especially when compared to the interiors. Ditko's artwork is extraordinary, full of dynamically arranged layouts and passionate drawings. The explosive panel on page 5 (see interior page below), the duo's heroic debut (pages 13-17) and other scenes collectively result in a masterful key first appearance. This DC silver age superhero comic precedes the heroes' first issue of their first series. This is number 2 of 2 Showcase issues with Ditko art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Ditko or >Showcase issues on ebay.
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Ditko cover pencils and inks = ***
Untitled Ditko story pencils and inks 24 pages = *****


Showcase v1 #75 Hawk and the Dove dc comic book page art by Steve Ditko
Steve Ditko
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Flash Comics #1
Flash Comics v1 #1, 1940 - The golden age Flash, golden age Hawkman and Johnny Thunder make their key first appearances in this debut issue. An accident befalls an unremarkable college student named Jay Garrick, dousing him in chemicals that would make him the fastest man alive. In a separate tale, antiquities collector Carter Hall finds out he's a reincarnated Egyptian prince. With the gravity-defying Ninth metal, he takes to the skies as Hawkman. Finally, Johnny Thunderbolt (later renamed Johnny Thunder) has the oddest origin of all. Kidnapped as a child for his latent power and held overseas, he returns to the US with an uncanny ability to make his desires happen. This DC golden age superhero comic was later reprinted in >Famous First Edition #F-8.  Find >this issue on ebay.
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"The Flash" 15 pages
"The Hawkman" 12 pages
"Johnny Thunderbolt" 10 pages

1st Flash appearance
1st Hawkman appearance
1st Johnny Thunder appearance
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Heroic Comics #66
Heroic Comics v1 #66, 1951Frank Frazetta contributes a brief but well illustrated story about a child accidentally adrift in a rowboat. Despite its two page length, the figure drawings and surrounding foliage are astonishingly good. The attention to detail nicely reinforces the fact that this is a true story. Other artists in this issue include H. C. Kiefer. This is number 2 of 15 Heroic Comics issues with Frazetta art and/or covers. This issue is also included in this Frazetta gallery. Find >this issue or more >Frazetta or >Heroic Comics issues on ebay.
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"Adrift in a Rowboat" Frazetta pencils and inks 2 pages = ***

Heroic Comics #66 golden age 1950s comic book page art by Frank Frazetta
Frank Frazetta
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Amazing Spider-Man v1 annual #12 marvel comic book cover art by John Byrne
John Byrne
Amazing Spider-Man v1 annual #12, 1978 - As seen on this king-size annual cover, John Byrne draws an enraged Hulk almost better than anyone (see also Incredible Hulk annual #7). The curved horizontal path of greenskin's punch conveniently leads the eye to Spider-man. During a time when Byrne rarely inked his own pencils, this issue stands out as a nice surprise. Other artists in this Marvel bronze age superhero comic include John Romita, Jim Mooney and Tony Mortellaro. This is number 1 of 3 Amazing Spider-Man annual issues with Byrne art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Byrne or >Amazing Spider-man issues on ebay.
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Tarzan #85
Tarzan v1 #85, 1956 - Upon her father's death, Zulena becomes queen of the Tulengus. Natongao foils a second assassination attempt against her. Russ Manning's drawings seem weaker than usual. The inking fails to add depth and lacks contrast. Other artists in this Dell golden age adventure comic include Jessie Marsh. This is number 46 of 133 Tarzan issues with Manning art and/or covers (not including reprints). Find >this issue or more >Manning or >Tarzan issues on ebay.
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Untitled Brothers of the Spear story Manning pencils and inks 6 pages = **


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