10/2/14

Detective Comics #443 - Walt Simonson art, Alex Toth, Steve Ditko reprints


Detective Comics v1 #443, 1974 - Six previous back-up tales lead up to this stunning climax, featuring the first meeting of Manhunter and the Batman. Walt Simonson draws his lengthiest story yet, using his cutting-edge layouts and precise pacing throughout. A full page splash, depicting the Batman's pursuit of an assassin, is among the artist's most memorable images. Simonson's page compositions and sequences are phenomenal, resulting in a near flawless work. This story was later reprinted in Manhunter #1 and Manhunter Special Edition #1. This 100-page issue also contains an Green Lantern tale from All-American Comics #98 (Alex Toth) and the Creepers' first appearance from Showcase #73 (Steve Ditko). Other artists in this issue include Jim Aparo (cover). This is number 7 of 11 Detective Comics issues with Simonson art and/or covers.
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Simonson contents page pencils and inks = ****
"Gotterdammerung" Simonson story pencils and inks 20 pages = *****
"Batman" Simonson pin-up page pencils and inks = ****
"Manhunter" Simonson pin-up page pencils and inks = ****

Walt Simonson
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