Frontier Western #9 - Matt Baker art

Frontier Western v1 #9, 1957 - Matt Baker's western stories were surprisingly rugged but artistically sensitive. In this case, most of his panels are well executed but a few seem uncharacteristically sloppy. The face of the foreground cowboy on the opening panel puts the eyes too close to the profile. The second panel of page three depicts a fistfight, but the hero's arm is poorly foreshortened. The entire page seems lacking in definition compared to the rest of the tale, nearly suggesting another artist's hand. While not a tragedy, Baker certainly has better efforts within the western genre. This is number 2 of 3 Frontier Western issues with Baker art and/or covers.
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"Mystery on Calamity Trail" Baker story pencils and inks 5 pages = **

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