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.
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Kubert cover pencils and inks = ***
"White Devil, Yellow Devil" Toth story pencils and inks 8 pages = *****

Alex Toth
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