Thursday, December 31, 2015

True Love Pictorial #3 - Matt Baker art & cover, mis-attributed Joe Kubert art

Matt Baker 
True Love Pictorial v1 #3, 1953 - The first of three 100 page giants, this special issue features three tales by Matt Baker. “Trouble's Daughter” tells of a girl who tries to raise her social standing, just as he father gets out of prison. Baker’s pencils are evident but the inks appear to be by another artist. In “The Sisters”, a younger sibling takes advantage of the older one on several occasions. The opening scene is static and straightforward, but the artwork improves with each subsequent page. “Romance by Blackmail” edges out the rest as the artist’s best work, featuring an ambitious social climber who finds an opportunity for blackmail. The darkened, heavy deluge on the opening page suggests the bad behavior to come. In addition to his three excellent stories, Baker also contributes the stunning, verdant cover. Also, despite what comic book guides say, there is no Joe Kubert art in this issue. This is number 2 of 10 True Love Pictorial issues with Baker art and/or covers.
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Baker cover pencils and inks = ****
"The Sisters" Baker story pencils and inks 10 pages = ****
"Romance by Blackmail" Baker story pencils and inks 8 pages = *****
"Trouble's Daughter" Baker story pencils and inks 8 pages = ***

Matt Baker 
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