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Detective Comics #440 - Walt Simonson art, Jack Kirby, Alex Toth reprints


Detective Comics v1 #440, 1974 - Continuing the ongoing Manhunter serial, Interpol agent Christine learns of a vast global conspiracy and subsequently joins forces with the resurrected hero. Walt Simonson continues to innovative, using carefully planned layouts and sequencing. Even the smallest panels become integral to the overall design. From the murder attempt in the alleyway (pages 1-2) to the Council's futuristic lair (page 3 splash) to the hand-to-hand combat scenes (page 6), Simonson's art excels. This story was later reprinted in Manhunter #1 and Manhunter Special Edition #1. Also noteworthy are two fine golden age reprints from Green Lantern #37 (Alex Toth) and Adventure Comics #79 (Jack Kirby). Other artists in this issue include Jack Cole and Jim Aparo (cover). This is number 4 of 11 Detective Comics issues with Simonson art and/or covers.
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"Rebellion" Simonson story pencils and inks 8 pages = ****

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