Authentic Police Cases #36

Authentic Police Cases v1 #36, 1954 - This cover has been erroneously credited to Matt Baker in some comic book price guides. The artist does have two stories inside, both reprints from Authentic Police Cases #11. Other artists in this St. John golden age crime comic include Ralph Lane. 

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Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #181
Walt Disney's Comics and Stories v1 #181, 1955 - Challenged to a contest by the Female Chickadee Troop, the Junior Woodchucks must erect a bridge across an open gully before the girls' group does. Donald Duck tries to help his nephews, but hinders them instead. Not only does Carl Barks draw a splendid tale, but he educates the reader on the engineering techniques of basic bridge building. Other artists in this issue include Paul Murry. This is number 141 of 280 Walt Disney's Comics and Stories issues with Barks art and/or covers (not including reprints). 
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Untitled Barks story pencils and inks 10 pages = ***

Carl Barks

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Tarzan of the Apes #149
Tarzan of the Apes v1 #149, 1965 - While visiting the kingdom of the Brothers of the Spear, diplomats from another land take advantage of an elephant gone mad. Russ Manning's layouts are more varied than the usual six panel grid. The result enhances both the storytelling and artwork. Other artists in this Gold Key silver age adventure comic include Jesse Marsh. Cover by George Wilson. This is number 111 of 133 Tarzan issues with Manning art and/or covers (not including reprints). 
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"The Courage of Shala" Manning story pencils and inks 4 pages = ***

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Jack Kirby
Fantastic Four v1 #49, 1966 - After a reconnaissance by the Silver Surfer, the destroyer of worlds finally arrives on Earth. While the Watcher delays the inevitable, the Human Torch is sent on a mission to find civilization's only hope for survival. Although he appeared in the final panel of the previous issue, Galactus makes his key first full appearance here. Jack Kirby shows the scale of the alien and his herald on his ominous cover. The story art begins with dramatic back to back splash pages, then proceeds with varying layouts and panel sizes. Kirby deftly toggles between three different events, including Alicia Masters' encounter with the Surfer. This is number 49 of 116 Fantastic Four issues with Kirby art and/or covers. 
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Kirby cover pencils (Joe Sinnott inks) = ***
"If This Be Doomsday” Kirby story pencils (Joe Sinnott inks) 20 pages = ***

Jack Kirby

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Secret Origins v2 #2
Secret Origins v2 #2, 1973 - Revealing the origins of popular characters, this DC bronze age superhero series often reprinted their first appearances as well. This particular issue reprints the debuts of Supergirl (originally published in Action Comics #252), Green Lantern (Showcase #22) and the Atom (Showcase #34). 

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1994 #26
1994 magazine v1 #26, 1982 - Alex Nino illustrates yet another  Sigmund Pavlov sci-fi tale, delving into the twisted recesses of the mind. Like issues #22 and #25, his artwork is experimental and jarring. The pages together form a  larger weirdly flowing mural reproduced on a separate page. Nino's second tale tells of an alien conquest of Earth and the resulting deformities born. More conventionally drawn, it's almost a welcome change from Nino's more chaotic renditions. Other artists in this Warren bronze age science fiction magazine include Frank Thorne. This is number 16 of 17 1994 issues with Nino art and/or covers. 
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"Young Sigmund Sr." Nino story pencils and inks (black & white) 10 pages = ***
"Retard" Nino story pencils and inks (black & white) 10 pages = ***

Alex Nino
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Warfront v1
Harvey
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Back Issue #48
Back Issue v1 #48, 2011 - The bulk of the issue is a lengthy Jim Starlin interview, from his start at Marvel to his later work for DC. He provides new insights into his stints on Warlock, Captain Marvel, DC Comics Presents and other series. Starlin also contributes the stunning cover design for this fanzine. See more Back Issue magazines.
Jim Starlin

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Micronauts #1
Micronauts v1 #1, 1979 - The return of space explorer Acturus Rann (Space Glider) coincides with a revolt against the elite rulers of Homeworld. Princess Mari (Marionette) escapes is subsequently joined by other freedom fighters. Among them: Rann, Acroyear and Bug. Based on the Mego toy line, this comes on the heels of Star Wars. Micronauts even uses similar elements: two droids (Micotron and Biotron) and a powerful black-clad villain (Baron Karza). They all make their key first appearances in this Marvel bronze age science fiction issue written by Bill Mantlo. Cover by Dave Cockrum. See more Micronauts issues. 
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"Homeworld / Homecoming / Escape" Michael Golden story pencils and inks 17 pages

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Barry Windsor Smith
X-O Man O War v1 #4, 1992 - In a cross-over story, the Harbinger kids mount an attack as X-O meets with Toyo Harada. The title character lies in the foreground of this Barry Smith cover, albeit in a vulnerable position. This approach nicely solves the problem of fitting multiple figures within a layout without looking chaotic. Other artists in this modern age superhero comic include Mike Manley and Ralph Reese. This is number 3 of 4 X-O Man O War issues with Smith art and/or covers (not including reprints). 
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Smith cover pencils (Bob Layton inks) = ***

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Star Spangled War v1 #146 enemy ace dc comic book cover art by Joe Kubert
Joe Kubert
Star Spangled War Stories v1 #146 featuring Enemy Ace, 1969 - In the middle of the Enemy Ace-featured run, the series abruptly turns to reprinted material. Joe Kubert provides framing pages for two separate stories, from >Our Fighting Forces #60 and >All-American Men of War #101 respectively. Hurriedly drawn and inked, Kubert does a more effective job on the cover. Enemy Ace and his fellow pilot dominate the layout, their figures conveying the difference between courage and cowardice. Other artists in this DC silver age war comic include Russ Heath, Ross Andru and Pete Costanza. This is number 46 of 96 Star Spangled War issues with Kubert art and/or covers (not including reprints). 
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Kubert cover pencils and inks = ****
Kubert pencils and inks 2 framing pages = **

Star Spangled War v1 #146 enemy ace dc comic book page art by Joe Kubert
Joe Kubert
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Detective Comics #520
Detective Comics v1 #520, 1982 - Haunted by the ghost of Hugo Strange, Boss Thorne hires Dr. Thirteen the ghostbreaker. Meanwhile, Batman unexpectedly breaks out Deadshot from prison. Don Newton was often paired with Alfredo Alcala on Batman stories, usually with unsatisfying results. This is the case here as well, as the original pencils lose their patina due to the heavy-handed inking. Newton's title page is marginally better than the cover, which shares the same identical scene. Other artists in this DC copper age superhero comic include Gil Kane. Cover by Jim Aparo. This is number 36 of 39 Detective Comics issues with Newton art and/or covers. 
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"The Haunting of Boss Thorne" Newton story pencils (Alfredo Alcala inks) 16 pages = *

Don Newton
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The World Around Us #35
The World Around Us v1 #35 / Spies, 1961 - From ancient times to the modern era, the business of spying is covered in this educational comic. Among the many artists involved, Jack Kirby contributes three very short stories. His drawings are not particularly exciting, suggesting a lack of time or effort. The inking also seems minimal, further hampering the pencils. On the positive side, George Evans does some of the best work of his career on this series. Other artists in this silver age non-fiction issue include Norman Nodell and George Evans. This is number 4 of 5 World Around Us issues with Kirby art and/or covers. 
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"Tricks of the Trade" Kirby story pencils (Dick Ayers inks) 2 pages = *
"The Business of Spying" Kirby story
pencils (Dick Ayers inks) 1 page = **
"Sky Spies" Kirby story
pencils (Dick Ayers inks) 2 pages = *

 Jack Kirby
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Frank Miller
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For v1 #6, 1992 - With her husband dead, Ava has big plans with his money. Dwight recovers from his injuries and enters her compound under a false identity. Unfortunately, the muscle-bound head of security is onto him. Frank Miller ends the series with the same stark, black and white drawings he began with. Different line widths and textures are used sparingly and only when necessary. The female assassin Miho seems to be featured as much as the lead character. The full page splash of her tumbling into action (page 18) is almost whimsical. As usual, Miller's page layouts steal the show. This is number 6 of 6 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For issues with Miller art and/or covers. 
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Miller cover pencils and inks = ***
Miller story pencils and inks 32 pages (black and white) = ****

Frank Miller
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"Command 'em. Collect 'em"
Heroes in Action comic book ad, 1950s - Mattel plastic figures/kits sold in pairs: Mortar Squad, Anti-Tank Team and Machine Gun Crew. All feature specific moving parts. Published in Captain Marvel #41.

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