Friday, January 13, 2017

Phantom Stranger v2 #4 - Neal Adams art & cover

Phantom Stranger v2 #4 - 1960s dc horror comic book cover art by Neal Adams
Neal Adams
Phantom Stranger v2 #4, 1969 - The sorceress Tala is introduced, serving as an antagonist and romantic interest to the Phantom Stranger. Neal Adams' second cover of the series is typically enticing. His interior story art begins well enough, but his pencils are diminished by insensitive inking. Much of the spontaneity is lost, although the layouts are intact and recognizable. Thankfully, Adams begins inking on page eighteen and the story takes on new life. The final five pages are extraordinary in their execution, making up for the lackluster start. Among these is a full page splash (see interior page below) drawn with an intensity rarely seen in his work. This is number 2 of 17 Phantom Stranger issues with Adams art and/or covers.
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Adams cover pencils and inks = ***
"There is Laughter in Hell This Day" Adams story pencils &
partial inks (Bill Draut partial inks) 23 pages = ****

Phantom Stranger v2 #4 - 1960s dc horror comic book page art by Neal Adams
Neal Adams
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