Saturday, December 20, 2014

Somerset Holmes #1 - Al Williamson art


Somerset Holmes v1 #1, 1983 - Al Williamson begins illustrating the back-up feature, starring a soldier of fortune named Cliff Hanger. In this first chapter, a female scientist crash lands her plane while surveying the South America jungles. While the "cinematic" effects on page 1 are largely ineffective, the rest of the story is studiously researched and deftly drawn. Williamson pays extra attention to the depictions of native flora and fauna on pages 4-5 (see interior page above). Other artists in this issue include Brent Anderson. This is number 1 of 6 Somerset Holmes issues with Williamson art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Williamson or Somerset Holmes issues. See also this blog's Al Williamson checklist.
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"Jungle Peril" Williamson story pencils and inks 8 pages = ****
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Detective Comics #407 - Neal Adams art & cover


Detective Comics v1 #407, 1971 - Man-Bat makes his third appearance, seeking to marry his longtime fiancee despite his metamorphosis. Neal Adams draw his saga with relish and commitment. His formidable pencils are paired with Dick Giordano's capable inks. Layout and pacing are thoughtfully planned, including varied panels and multiple viewpoints. Page 4's depiction of a fully transformed Man-Bat gone mad (see interior page above) is among the story's highlights. Other artists in this issue include Gil Kane and Vince Colletta. This is number 18 of 36 Detective Comics issues with Adams covers and 7 of 10 Detective issues with Adams art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Adams or Detective Comics issues.
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Adams cover pencils (Dick Giordano inks) = ***
"Marriage Impossible" Adams story (Dick Giordano inks) 15 pages = ****
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Creepy #64 - Bernie Wrightson art


Creepy magazine v1 #64, 1974 - On the inside front cover, Uncle Creepy sets the tone for the issue, overlooking a rotting corpse. Bernie Wrightson beautifully creates a scene at the water's edge, paying extra attention to the swamp foliage. Unlike most of his frontispieces, this one benefits greatly from the bright, full colors. Other artists in this issue include Tom Sutton, Howard Chaykin and Richard Corben. This is number 3 of 19 Creepy issues with Wrightson art and/or covers (not including reprints). See today's posts or more Wrightson or Creepy issues. See also this blog's Wrightson checklist or Top 10 Wrightson comics.
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Wrightson inside front cover pencils and inks = ***
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Life of Captain Marvel #2 - Jim Starlin art, cover & reprints

Life of Captain Marvel v1 #2, 1985 - Continuing to reprint some of Jim Starlin's best work of the 1970s, this issue contains the stories from Captain Marvel v2 #26, Captain Marvel v2 #27 and Captain Marvel v2 #28. Starlin's new cover, back and opening splash sadly fail to meet his usual standards. This is number 2 of 5 Life of Captain Marvel issues with Starlin art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Starlin or Life of Captain Marvel issues. See also this blog's Starlin checklist or Top 10 Starlin comics.
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Starlin cover pencils (Al Milgrom inks) = **
Starlin back cover pencils (Al Milgrom inks) = **
Starlin pencils (Al Milgrom inks) 1 page = **
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tales of the Mysterious Traveler #15 - Alex Nino cover, Steve Ditko art & reprints


Tales of the Mysterious Traveler v1 #15, 1985 - Mostly reprinted material from the 1950s, this issue surprisingly contains a new Steve Ditko story. A scientist invents a machine that transforms him into a shadow, opening up opportunities for criminal gain. The abundance of panels on each page creates somewhat frenetic pacing, but Ditko's drawings remain clear and distinctive. Alex NIno's cover has little to do with the interiors, but his imagery is appropriately strange and exotic. Ditko's reprints include "The Desert" from Tales of the Mysterious Traveler #4, "Mister Evriman" from Tales of the Mysterious Traveler #6 and "The Night Was Strange" from This Magazine Is Haunted v2 #16. This is number 11 of 11 Tales of the Mysterious Traveler issues with Ditko art and/or covers and number 1 of 1 Tales of the Mysterious Traveler issues with Nino art and/or covers. See today's posts or more DitkoNino or Tales of the Mysterious Traveler issues. See also this blog's Ditko checklist or Nino checklist.
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NIno cover pencils and inks = ***
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Deadly Shadow
" Ditko story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Mighty Marvel Western - comic series checklist






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Mighty Marvel Western v1
Marvel
1968-76

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2-4
5-10
11-31
32 - Al Williamson reprint
33-36
37 - Al Williamson reprint
38-46

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Mister Miracle #13 - Jack Kirby art & cover

Mister Miracle v1 #13 dc bronze age comic book cover art by Jack KirbyMister Miracle v1 #13 dc bronze age comic book page art by Jack Kirby
Mister Miracle v1 #13, 1973 - Borrowing from the film The Perils of Pauline. Jack Kirby's cover places the title character front and center. While clever and direct, the overall layout is less impressive than usual. Inside, the hero's colleague Ted Brown is kidnapped and transported to the Himalayas by a Nazi war criminal. Kirby's art is vigorously drawn throughout, generally meeting expectations. On a disappointing note, the opening splash more of less replicates the cover. This is number 13 of 18 Mr. Miracle issues with Kirby art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kirby or Mister Miracle issues. See also this blog's Jack Kirby checklist.
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Kirby cover pencils (Mike Royer inks) = **
"The Dictator's Dungeon" Kirby story pencils (Mike Royer inks) 23 pages = ***
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