Thursday, September 11, 2014

Jet Fighters #5 - Alex Toth art & cover

Jet Fighters v1 #5 standard war comic book cover art by Alex Toth
Alex Toth
Jet Fighters v1 #5, 1952 - During the Korean War, a hotshot jet fighter learns a valuable lesson in teamwork from his brother, a lowly helicopter pilot. Alex Toth's opening page is mild yet expansive, contrasting against the smaller claustrophobic panels that follow. Each is composed with a minimum of elements that clearly supports the storytelling. The most memorable scenes are the confrontations between brothers (see interior page below), where character gestures and facial expressions are amplified. Toth's best contribution is his spectacular cover, depicting a jet's ascent after its bombs are released. The pilot's inset face may be unnecessary, but doesn't detract from the whole. Other artists in this issue include Ross Andru, Mike Esposito, Frank Giusto and John Celardo. This is number 1 of 2 Jet Fighters issues with Toth art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Toth or Jet Fighters issues. See also this blog's Toth checklist.
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 Toth cover pencils (Mike Peppe inks) = ****
"The Egg-Beater" Toth story pencils (Mike Peppe inks) 6 pages = ***
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Jet Fighters v1 #5 standard war comic book page art by Alex Toth
Alex Toth
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