Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Star Spangled War Stories #164 - Alex Toth art, Joe Kubert cover

Joe Kubert
Star Spangled War Stories v1 #164 featuring the Unknown Soldier, 1972 - In this issue's back up story, a GI fights for his life against a Japanese soldier who turns out much younger than anticipated. Alex Toth captures the terror of hand-to-hand combat, using silent panels for maximum dramatic effect. The artist uses a grid comprised of equally divided panels, but his mastery of pacing and layout heighten the scene's intensity. The subtle color palette also plays a vital part, reinforcing the somber mood. This story is easily one of Toth's bronze age masterpieces. Joe Kubert's cover seems garish by comparison, but otherwise fits the bill. This is number 1 of 1 Star Spangled War issues with Toth art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Toth, Kubert or Star Spangled War issues. See also this blog's Kubert checklist or Toth checklist.
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Kubert cover pencils and inks = ***
"White Devil, Yellow Devil" Toth story pencils and inks 8 pages = *****
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Alex Toth
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More Toth posts:
Four Color #1071
Zorro #12
Twilight Zone #3

More Kubert posts:
Justice League #200
Abbott and Costello #10
Tarzan v1 #207 dc comic book cover art by Joe Kubert
Tarzan #207

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