Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Charlton Bullseye #1 - Steve Ditko / John Byrne, Jeff Jones, Byrne art


Charlton Bullseye v1 #1, 1975Printed entirely in black and white, Charlton publishing makes it's first attempt at a comic fanzine. This premiere issues contains the usual news and interviews that are staples of the format. It also contains two previously unpublished stories by some notable artists. Jeff Jones illustrates a Balor the Barbarian sword-and-sorcery tale, complete with damsel and giant spiders. The art is primitive, yet distinctive, possibly executed in the late 1960s-early 1970s. A second feature heralds the return of Captain Atom after an eight-year absence from comics. His co-creator, Steve Ditko, takes the artistic reins once more. Sadly, his drawings translate poorly to black and white (unlike Jones). John Byrne's inks add little to the final result, but he fares a tad better with his Rog info page. Other artists in this issue include Tom Sutton and Al Milgrom (cover). This is number 1 of 2 Charlton Bullseye issues with Ditko art and/or covers, number 1 of 1 Charlton Bullseye issues with Jones art and/or covers and number 1 of 4 Charlton Bullseye issues with Byrne art and/or covers.
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"Showdown In Sunuria" Ditko story pencils / Byrne inks 10 pages (black and white) = **
"The Guardian Spiders" Jones story pencils and inks 7 pages (black and white) = ***
"Rog 2000: A Family Album" Byrne pencils and inks 1 page (black and white) = **

Steve Ditko / John Byrne
Jeff Jones
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