House of Mystery #253 bronze age 1970s dc comic book cover art by Neal Adams
Neal Adams
House of Mystery v1 #253, 1977 - A light emanates from a baby's face as his babysitter recoils in horror. Neal Adams' cover cleverly lets the reader imagine the demon baby's appearance rather than his own interpretation. Alex Nino's story of the same name only faintly resembles the characters, but his artwork is no less compelling. Especially clever is the opening panel's depiction of the sitter's arrival. Nino curves and distorts the perspective for a unnerving effect. Other artists in this issue include Jack Abel, Tony Dezuniga, Klaus Janson, Romeo Tanghal, Bill Draut, Bob Smith and Gil Kane. This is number 25 of 26 House of Mystery issues with Adams art and/or covers (not including reprints) and number 10 of 14 House of Mystery issues with Nino art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Adams, >Nino or >House of Mystery issues on ebay.
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"Demon Child" Nino story pencils and inks 6 pages = ***

House of Mystery #253 bronze age 1970s dc comic book page art by Alex Nino
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Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #176 dell 1950s comic book cover art by Carl Barks
Carl Barks
Walt Disney's Comics and Stories v1 #176, 1955 - To teach his nephews about history, Donald Duck drives them to an abandoned western ghost town. Skillfully drawn and sequenced, Carl Barks produces an outstanding short story. The old west seems faithfully captured in the various buildings, interiors, furniture and attire in the majority of panels. Barks parodies the western genre but clearly admires it. Details are plentiful and sumptuous. This story was later reprinted in >Donald Duck Adventures #12 and >Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #394. Other artists in this issue include Paul Murry. This is number 136 of 280 Walt Disney's Comics and Stories issues with Barks art and/or covers (not including reprints). Find >this issue or more >Barks or >Walt Disney's Comics and Stories issues on ebay.
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Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #176 dell 1950s comic book page art by Carl Barks
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Ghostly Haunts v1 #40, 1974 - Concocting a new formula, a brilliant chemist invents a way to exponentially speed up the evolutionary process. Steve Ditko's unique style is evident, but no better or worse and other works of the same era. His best effort is page 5, where he employs line and shape into a superlative composition. Don Newton supplies a primer on the history of vampire and werewolf terms. Lavishly drawn, the single page outshines the rest of the book (see interior page below). Some price guides have overlooked this attribution. Other artists in this issue include Wayne Howard and Tom Sutton. This is number 1 of 2 Ghostly Haunts issues with Newton art and/or covers (not including reprints) and number 19 of 26 Ghostly Haunts issues with Ditko art and/or covers (not including reprints). Find >this issue, or more >Ditko, >Newton or >Ghostly Haunts issues on ebay.
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''A Word About Vampires and Werewolves" Newton story pencils and inks 1 page = ****


Ghostly Haunts #40 bronze age 1970s chalrton horror comic book page art by Don Newton
Don Newton
Ghostly Haunts #40 bronze age 1970s chalrton horror comic book page art by Steve Ditko
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Best of Brave and the Bold v1 #6, 1989 - Gathering reprints from the silver and bronze age, this edition features two Viking Prince tales by Joe Kubert (Brave and the Bold #8 and #9) and a Batman-Teen Titans team-up by Neal Adams (Brave and the Bold #83). The brand new cover is by Jose Luis Garcia Lopez. Find >this issue or more >Adams, >Kubert or >Brave and the Bold comics on ebay.

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Marvel Premiere #53 / Black Panther 1970s bronze age marvel cover art by Frank Miller
Frank Miller
Marvel Premiere v1 #53, 1980 - In an obvious reference to the Klu Klux Klan. the thinly veiled Soul Strangler pulls a noose about the Black Panther's neck. Although Frank Miller's layout is dynamic, he exerts little effort on the background. Surrounding klansmen gather around the spectacle, depicted only in outline. Even the grass is minimal, despite adding movement and direction. Miller has done far better work during this period. Other artists in this issue include Jerry Bingham and Al Gordon. This is number 2 of 3 Marvel Premiere issues with Miller art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Miller, >Black Panther or >Marvel Premiere issues on ebay.
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Secrets of Haunted House #5 bronze age 1970s dc horror original cover art by Bernie Wrightson
Bernie Wrightson
Bernie Wrightson's best Halloween-themed cover, first published for Secrets of Haunted House #5.

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Wyatt Earp v2 #5 golden age 1950s dell western comic book cover
Wyatt Earp v2 #5, 1959 - A lazy freeloader and spoiled brat make trouble for the marshal in separate stories. The first, with its larger opening panel and more varied scenes, is slightly better drawn than the second. Both tales are less violent than the usual western fare, highlighting Russ Manning's approachable style. The characters are thoughtfully designed and distinguishable. A third story (not by the artist) suffers greatly by comparison. This is number 5 of 13 Wyatt Earp v2 issues with Manning art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Manning or >Wyatt Earp issues on ebay.
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"Gun Wild Fever
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"Equal Justice for All" Manning story pencils and inks 1 pages = ***
"Wyatt's Friend Bat Masterson" Manning story pencils and inks inside back cover (black & white) = ***
Wyatt Earp v2 #5 golden age 1950s dell western comic book page art by Russ Manning
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Two-Fisted Tales v2 #24, 1998 - Forty years later, publisher Russ Cochran re-presents the EC war stories that became modern classics. This edition reprints Two-Fisted Tales #41, including some of the best work of Wally Wood's career. Other artists in this issue include George Evans. Cover by Jack Davis.

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Heroic Comics #71 golden age 1950s war comic book cover
Heroic Comics v1 #71, 1952 - Frank Frazetta illustrates two Korean War tales, both excellent in their rendition. The first tells of Travis Watkins, a soldier that covered his buddies' escape from Communist Chinese. The artist opens the story by juxtaposing his fallen figure with a heroic portrait. Frazetta's second contribution is a one-pager with a similar scenario. His detailing is exquisite, but partially marred by the odd placement of the publisher's statement of ownership. This is number 6 of 15 Heroic Comics issues with Frazetta art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Frazetta or >Heroic Comics issues on ebay.
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"He Stayed Behind"
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Heroic Comics #71 golden age 1950s war comic book page art by Frank Frazetta
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UFO and Aliens Comix v1 #1, 1977 - Warren's collection of science fiction tales includes the classic "Daddy and the Pie". Illustrated by Alex Toth, this story first appeared in Eerie v3 #64. This is a one-shot issue. Other artists in this issue include Luis Bermejo, Leopold Sanchez, Leo Duranona, John Severin, Ramon Torrents and Martin Salvador. Cover by Kim McQuaite. Find >this issue or more >Toth issues on ebay.

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Forbidden Worlds #78 golden age 1950s science fiction comic book cover
Forbidden Worlds v1 #78, 1959 - After finding an unusual looking dog, a young couple adopts him into their family. A high level of draftsmanship permeates Al Williamson's drawings. Realistic yet painterly, many panels are dramatically lit for maximum effect. Perhaps most memorable is the final scene depicting a peaceful silhouette against a dark, gradated background. Note that the creature on the cover bears little resemblance to the one inside. This story was later reprinted in the book Al Williamson Forbidden Worlds. Other artists in this issue include Ogden Whitney, Jon Diehl and Al Wenzel. This is number 8 of 8 Forbidden Worlds issues with Williamson art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Williamson or >Forbidden Worlds issues on ebay.
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Forbidden Worlds #78 golden age 1950s science fiction comic book page art by Al Williamson
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DC Comics Presents v1 #79, 1984 - In this quirky tale, Superman and his alter ego Clark Kent try to determine the cause of their strange anomaly. Curt Swan's pencils are familiar to these characters, but seem antiquated at the same time. Al Williamson's inks brings a sharper edge, improving some panels (see interior page below) but having little effect overall. While distinctive in style, his effort pales compared to work from previous decades. This is number 1 of 3 DC Comics Presents issues with Williamson art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Williamson or >DC Comics Presents issues on ebay.
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Weird Science-Fantasy #25 golden age EC 1950s science fiction comic book cover art by Al Williamson
Al Williamson
Weird Science-Fantasy v1 #25, 1954 - A time traveling safari company takes a wealthy hunter to the dinosaur age, intent on bagging the biggest game of all. Text heavy panels fill this Ray Bradbury-written tale, yet Al Williamson's visuals come to the fore. Like his cover, the story artwork demonstrates a high level of craft, aided by Angelo Torres' inks. Wally Wood contributes a UFO-themed tale that's similar in sophistication. These stories were later reprinted in Weird Science-Fantasy v3 #3. Other artists in this issue include Joe Orlando and Bernie Krigstein. This is number 3 of 5 Weird Science-Fantasy issues with Williamson art and/or covers and number 3 of 7 Weird Science-Fantasy issues with Wood art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Williamson, >Wood or >Weird Science-Fantasy issues on ebay.
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"Flying Saucer Report" Wood story pencils and inks 8 pages = ***
"A Sound of Thunder" Williamson story pencils (Angelo Torres, Roy Krenkel inks) 7 pages = ***


Weird Science-Fantasy #25 golden age EC science fiction 1950s comic book page art by Wally Wood
Wally Wood
Weird Science-Fantasy #25 golden age 1950s EC science fiction comic book page art by Al Williamson
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Mystery Tales #46 golden age 1950s atlas comic book cover art by Bill Everett
Mystery Tales v1 #46, 1956 - A sailor stumbles upon the lost city of Atlantis, discovering a new untapped power source. The artwork is lush and sophisticated, using a painterly approach that's most evident in the oceanic settings. Al Williamson nicely contrasts this environment against futuristic, extra-terrestrial architecture. Roy Krenkel, a talented artist in his own right, does a terrific job with the finishing touches. Other artists in this issue include John Forte, Don Heck, Vince Colletta, Reed Crandall, Sol Bordksy and Robert Q. Sale. Cover by Bill Everett. This is number 2 of 4 Mystery Tales issues with Williamson art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Williamson or >Mystery Tales issues on ebay.
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Mystery Tales #46 golden age 1950s atlas comic book page art by Al Williamson and Roy Krenkel
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Billy the Kid #13 golden age 1950s western charlton comic book cover
Billy the Kid v2 #13, 1958 - Robbed of the money he earned from driving cattle, Trip Dekker follows the thieves across the Rio Grande. Like much of Al Williamson's work for Charlton, the art is loosely but skillfully applied. Except for a few panels on page 3, Angelo Torres' inks seem more clearly defined than usual. Williamson himself may have finished off his own pencils on certain panels (see interior page below). Other artists in this issue include Rocco Mastroserio, Sal Trapani and Sid Check. This is number 1 of 1 Billy the Kid v2 issues with Williamson art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Williamson or >Billy the Kid issues on ebay.
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Billy the Kid #13 golden age 1950s western charlton comic book page art by Al Williamson
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