Saturday, April 30, 2016

Iron Man #55 - original Jim Starlin page

In this original page from Iron Man #55, you can see Thanos' legs in the final sequence, just prior to his first appearance. See today's posts or more Starlin or Iron Man issues. See also this blog's Starlin checklist, Top 10 Starlin comics or more artworks.
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Mister Miracle #19 - Marshall Rogers art & cover, non-attributed Neal Adams art


Mister Miracle v1 #19, 1977 - DC revives this unique series originated by Jack Kirby. While on their honeymoon, Scott Free and Barda are interrupted by a bevy of old foes from Apokolips. Marshall Rogers presents a fresh new interpretation of the characters, most evident on his splendid cover. His interior story, however, is a bit more muddied. Each character is inked by a different artist, sacrificing consistency. Among them, Neal Adams does the most credible job (assigned to the dwarf Oberon). Rogers inks his own Mister Miracle figures with similar success. Overall though, the results are less than satisfying. This is number 1 of 6 Mister Miracle issues with Rogers art and/or covers and number 1 of 1 Mister Miracle issues with Adams art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Rogers, Adams or Mister Miracle issues. See also this blog's Adams checklist, Top 10 Adams comics, Rogers checklist or Top 10 Rogers comics.
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Rogers cover pencils and inks = ***
"It's All in the Mine" Rogers story pencils / Adams partial inks 17 pages = **
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Uncle Scrooge #21 - Carl Barks art & cover


Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge v1 #21, 1955 - Uncle Scrooge, fearful of someone robbing his money vault, stealthily relocates his fortune underground. The Beagle Boys eventually discover it and proceed to extract it with an oil drilling rig. This battle of wits is one of Carl Barks' best early Scrooge tales. The plot eventually culminates in an explosion, where a massive gush of coins becomes the visual high point of the story. The artist also includes a brief Gyro Gearloose tale and a handful of single-pagers. This is number 21 of 70 Uncle Scrooge issues with Barks art and/or covers (not including reprints). See today's posts or more Barks or Uncle Scrooge issues. See also this blog's Barks checklist.
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Barks cover pencils and inks = ***
"The Money Well" Barks story pencils and inks 26 pages = ****

Untitled Gyro Gearloose story Barks pencils and inks 4 pages = ***
Untitled Barks story pencils and inks 1 page = ***
Barks inside back cover pencils and inks (black and white) = ***
Barks inside front cover pencils and inks (black and white) = ***

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Savage Sword of Conan #7 - Walt Simonson art, mis-attributed Barry Windsor Smith art


Savage Sword of Conan v1 #7, 1975 - Backing up the main Conan feature, Walt Simonson begins a history of the Hyborian Age, adapted from Robert E. Howard’s essays. His artwork employs textural effects to enhance his already splendid drawings (see interior page above). The visuals also benefit from the story’s narrative approach, leaving more room for art. Simonson ends the tale with a devastating splash of the sinking of two continents (including Atlantis). Note that King Kull makes a cameo appearance. Often mis-attributed as new artwork, the Barry Smith illustrations on page 58 first appeared (in color) in Conan the Barbarian #22. Other artists in this issue include John Buscema and Alfredo Alcala. This is number 1 of 6 Savage Sword of Conan issues with Simonson art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Simonson, Smith or Savage Sword of Conan issues. See also this blog's Simonson checklistSmith checklist or Top 10 Smith comics
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"The Hyborian Age (chapter 1)" Simonson story pencils and inks pages (black and white) = ****
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Six-Gun Western #3 - Al Williamson art


Six-Gun Western v1 #3, 1957 - A posse of deputies loses own of their own while tracking down a killer. Al Williamson's deftly rendered pencils are inked by Ralph Mayo, whose concise brushstrokes add clarity and polish. The opening nighttime scene is a especially exceptional with its main figures backlit from a campfire. My only criticism is that the sheriff and missing deputy look confusingly alike on the first few pages. Other artists in this issue include Gene Colan, Bob Powell and Joe Maneely (cover). This is number 3 of 3 Six-Gun Western issues with Williamson art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Williamson or Six-Gun Western issues. See also this blog's Williamson checklist.
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"One of Our Deputies is Missing" Williamson story pencils (Ralph Mayo inks) 4 pages = ***
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