Thunder Agents v1 #12 tower silver age 1960s comic book cover art by Wally Wood
Wally Wood
T.h.u.n.d.e.r. Agents v1 #12, 1967 - A trio of heroes make an explosive entrance on Wally Wood's eye-catching cover. On the lead Dynamo feature, agents of S.P.I.D.E.R. use a machine to increase the strength of one of the biggest goons. Steve Ditko steps in to pencil this tale, bringing a new interpretation to the character. His figure drawings are distinctive, yet Wally Wood's inks help maintain consistency. Like their other collaborations, the resulting artwork is wholly appealing. Other artists in this issue include John Giunta, Manny Stallman and Mike Sekowsky. This is number 12 of 18 Thunder Agents issues with Wood art and/or covers (not including reprints) and number 2 of 6 Thunder Agents issues with Ditko art and/or covers. This issue is also included in this Wood gallery. Find >this issue or more >Ditko, >Wood or >Thunder Agents issues on ebay.
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Wood cover pencils and inks = ***
"Strength is Not Enough" Ditko story pencils / Wood inks 10 pages = ***


Thunder Agents v1 #12 tower silver age 1960s comic book page art by Steve Ditko, Wally Wood
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Walt Disney Comics Digest v1 #44, 1972 - Of all the digests in this series, this special edition contains the most Carl Barks stories. "Mummy's Ring", "Luck of the North", "In Ancient Persia" and "Pixlated Parrot" are classic Donald Duck tales from the 1940s and 1950s. They were first published in (respectively) Four Color Comics v2 #29, #256, #275 and #282. The Tony Strobl cover is a redrawn version of Four Color Comics v2 #1182. Find >this issue or more >Barks or >Walt Disney Comics Digest issues on ebay.

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Kid Colt Outlaw v1 #59, 1956 - Searching for gold in the mountains, an old prospector hopes to turn around his outlaw son. Al Williamson's gestural drawings bring an immediacy to the tale. Quick strokes and cross hatching add texture and interest. Some details are lacking on the opening panel, but overall Williamson mostly meets expectations. Other artists in this issue include Jack Keller and John Severin (cover). This is number 4 of 8 Kid Colt Outlaw issues with Williamson art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Williamson or >Kid Colt Outlaw issues on ebay.
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"Inside the Cave" Williamson story pencils and inks 4 pages = ***

Al Williamson golden age 1950s atlas western comic book page for Kid Colt Outlaw #59
Al Williamson
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Matt Baker st. john golden age 1950s romance comic book cover / Going Steady #13
Matt Baker
Going Steady v1 #13, 1955 - Matt Baker places two couples within a pastoral scene, contrasting against the city skyline in the distance. The tree bends to accommodate two lovers, presumably taking a break from their studies (note the books). The leaves mostly frame the masthead, leading the eye from the branches down toward the young couple. The artist's simple, yet gentle composition matches the relaxing tone of the scene. Baker's only tale inside, "I Was a Willy-Nilly Filly", first debuted as "They Said I Was a Bad Influence" in >Teen-Age Diary Secrets #7. Other artists in this issue include Ric Estrada. This is number 4 of 5 Going Steady issues with Baker art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Baker or >Going Steady comics on ebay.
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Baker cover pencils and inks = ****
 

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Captain Marvel #30 marvel comic 1970s bronze age comic cover art by Jim Starlin
Jim Starlin
Captain Marvel v2 #30, 1974 - Endowed with new powers, Captain Marvel takes on Thano's newest ally, The Controller. Jim Starlin produces some of his most daring layouts with this issue, specifically the fight scenes on pages 17-27 (see interior page below). Open panels and varying perspectives add to the chaos and excitement. Despite the awkward figure drawing on page 23, overall the artist delivers a brilliantly sequenced and deftly drawn story. Starlin's best pencils to date are further enhanced by Al Milgrom's inks. This story was later reprinted in Life of Captain Marvel #3. This is number 6 of 12 Captain Marvel v2 issues with Starlin art and/or covers. This issue is also included in this Starlin gallery. Find >this issue or more >Starlin or >Captain Marvel comics on ebay.
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Starlin cover pencils (Al Milgrom inks) = ***
"To Be Free From Control” Starlin story pencils (Al Milgrom inks) 19 pages = ****

Captain Marvel #30 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book page art by Jim Starlin
Jim Starlin
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Phantom Stranger #11 - 1970s dc horror comic book cover art by Neal Adams
Neal Adams
Phantom Stranger v2 #11, 1971 - Grabbed by the image of an ancient Egyptian statue, a woman struggles helplessly as she's pulled into a purple void. The layout is among Neal Adams' weakest, allowing the least defined area to serve as the focal point. The headlines appears to be placed at the last minute, avoiding a lull in the negative space. Other artists in this issue include Jim Aparo. This is number 9 of 17 Phantom Stranger v2 issues with Adams art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Adams or >Phantom Stranger issues on ebay.
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Adams cover pencils and inks = **

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Avengers v1 #100 marvel bronze age 1970s comic book cover art by Barry Windsor Smith
Barry Windsor Smith
Avengers v1 #100, 1972 - In this milestone issue, all past and present members of the Avengers converge to battle an imminent invasion. Barry Smith starts out strong with four carefully sequenced pages of arriving heroes (see interior page below). A breathtaking two-page spread follows, as the assembled gather in the English countryside. The scene is solemn but calm and beautifully pastoral. The artwork quickly goes downhill from there. Smith squeezes the rest of the tale into mostly small confining panels, relinquishing the inks to Joe Sinnott and Syd Shores. Though the last sixteen pages are disappointing, this is largely offset by the outstanding first six pages and the terrific cover design. This is number 5 of 5 Avengers issues with Smith art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Smith or >Avengers issues on ebay.
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Smith cover pencils and inks = ***
"Whatever Gods There Be"
Smith story pencils and partial inks (Syd Shores partial inks) 21 pages = ***

Avengers v1 #100 marvel bronze age 1970s comic book page art by Barry Windsor Smith
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Lawman v1 #3, 1960 - No Alex Toth art in this issue, despite what some comic price guides say. Toth does contribute a short story in Lawman #4. The photo cover features actors John Russell and Peter Brown from the television show. Other artists in this issue include Dan Spiegle and John Ushler. Find >Toth or >Lawman comics on ebay.

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Walt Simonson
Battlestar Galactica v1 #22, 1980 - After the recurring theft of the fleet's food stores, Lt. Jolly goes undercover in search of the raiders. Various spaceships and their hi-tech interiors are purposefully drawn by Walt Simonson, although Klaus Janson's contribution seems more prominent than usual. His style is most evident on characters' faces. The issue's credits are unclear, but I suspect Simonson only provided layouts. The artist's cover is beautifully composed, using a montage of different scenes. This is number 13 of 14 Battlestar Galactica issues with Simonson art and/or covers. This issue is also included in this Simonson gallery. Find >this issue or more >Simonson or >Battlestar Galactica comics on ebay.
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Simonson cover pencils and inks = ***
"Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair" Simonson story pencils (Klaus Janson inks) 22 pages = **

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DC Special v1 #8 presents Wanted, 1970 - While featuring the foes of Superman, Batman, Flash and Green Lantern, the issue also reprints Hawkman's first encounter with the Shadow Thief (Brave and the Bold #36). Other artists in this issue include Gil Kane, Carmine Infantino and Curt Swan. 

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Two-Fisted Tales v2 #10, 1995 - Forty years later, publisher Russ Cochran re-presents the EC war stories that became modern classics. This edition reprints Two-Fisted Tales #27, including some of the best work of Wally Wood's career. Other artists in this issue include Jack Davis, John Severin and Will Elder. Cover by Harvey Kurtzman.

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Kirby: King of Comics by Mark Evanier: Unlike previous biographic attempts, Kirby: King of Comics provides some real insights into the man's history, family and legendary career. Beyond the prerequisite reprintings of various pages and cover, Kirby's original pages are shown in all their (sometimes imperfect) glory. Various sketches throughout his life display a curiosity and warmth not often seen in his comics. His rough drawings for "Street Code", a ten-page tale for Argosy magazine, is drawn directly from his experiences growing up in New York. At a sizable 224 pages (most of them color), this book is long overdue. Find >this book or >Kirby issues on ebay.


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Jack Kirby silver age 1950s atlas war comic book cover - Battle #65
Jack Kirby
Battle v1 #65, 1959 - The evolution of missile technology is competently told by Jack Kirby, whose mechanical drawings seems perfectly suited. The artist's second tale sets its sights on the Hungarian freedom fighters of WWII. The artistic high point is the opening splash, showing a dramatic perspective view of the rebels fighting Nazis from the rooftops. Although unrelated to either story, Kirby's cover captures the heroic actions inside. Other artists in this issue include Joe Sinnott and Marvin Stein. This is number 2 of 7 Battle issues with Kirby art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Kirby or >Battle issues on ebay.
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Kirby cover pencils (Christopher Rule inks) = ***
"Find em, Chase em, Blast em" Kirby story pencils (Christopher Rule inks) 5 pages = ***
"Ring of Steel" Kirby story pencils (Christopher Rule inks) 5 pages = ***

Jack Kirby silver age 1950s atlas war comic book page - Battle #65
Jack Kirby
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New Gods v1 #4 dc bronze age comic book cover art by Jack Kirby
Jack Kirby
New Gods v1 #4, 1971 - In search of a signal jammer to his Mother Box, Orion employs his team of ordinary people to infiltrate the Inter-gang crime organization. Jack Kirby's cover and art are dependably quick-paced and engaging. A two-page spread displays the savagery of prehistoric man while Metron hovers high above in his Mobius Chair (pages 2-3). This stunning image is equalled by a splash page close-up of Darkseid, ominously peering from the shadows (page 10). This story was later reprinted in New Gods v2 #2. Starting this issue, the 52-page format using both new and reprinted material begins. Interestingly, two golden age Simon and Kirby tales are included: a short coast guard story and a Manhunter feature from >Adventure Comics #73. This is number 4 of 11 New Gods issues with Kirby art and/or covers. This issue is also included in this Kirby gallery. Find >this issue or more >Kirby or >New Gods issues on ebay.
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Kirby cover pencils (Vince Colletta inks) = ***
"The O'Ryan Gang and the Deep Six"
Kirby story pencils (Vince Colletta inks) 22 pages = ***
Lightray and Kalibak portraits Kirby pencils (Vince Colletta inks) 2 pages = ***

New Gods v1 #4 dc bronze age comic book page art by Jack Kirby
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Quick-Trigger Western v1 #16, 1957 - An indian chief signs a peace pact with the white community, while malicious gunrunners plan to derail it for their own profit. Jack Kirby, in his only artwork for the series, does a terrific job. His distinctive style fills a variety of panel shapes that brings additional interest. Kirby perfectly captures the ferocity of riders on the warpath on page 2 panel 2, even extending their figures into surrounding panels. The story inks look familiar, quite possibly by longtime partner Joe Simon. Other artists in this issue include Gene Colan, Joe Orlando and Jay Scott Pike. Cover by John Severin. This is number 1 of 1 Quick-Trigger Western issues with Kirby art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Kirby or >Quick-Trigger Western issues on ebay.
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"The Vengeance of Growling Bear" Kirby story pencils (Joe Simon inks) 5 pages = ***

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