Tuesday, September 1, 2015

House of Secrets #131 - Alex Nino art


House of Secrets v1 #131, 1975 - After being humiliated in public, the town bully purchases a voodoo doll from the local witch. Sharply pointed shadows and shapes fill this work by Alex Nino. Disturbing and often overwhelming, his style is nonetheless appropriate for this tale of revenge. On his  opening splash, Nino hides the antagonist in a forest of high grass. The scene has a threatening tone, punctuated by sharp, angular shapes. Other artists in this issue include Luis Dominguez, Arthur Suydam and Gerry Talaoc. This is number 9 of 11 House of Secrets issues with Nino art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Nino or House of Secrets issues. See also this blog's Nino checklist.
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"Point of No Return" Nino pencils and inks 7 pages = ***
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Monday, August 31, 2015

Savage Sword of Conan #17 - Walt Simonson art


Savage Sword of Conan v1 #17, 1977 - Walt Simonson wraps up the history of the Hyborian Age. Robert E. Howard’s fictitious ancient past segues into the earliest civilizations we know of today. Perhaps slightly less crafted than his previous chapters, Walt Simonson’s drawings retain their uniqueness and excitement. His layouts are varied enough, alternating between strong vertical and horizontal panels. Other artists in this issue include Tim Conrad, John Buscema and Alfredo Alcala.This is number 6 of 6 Savage Sword of Conan issues with Simonson art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Simonson or Savage Sword of Conan issues. See also this blog's Simonson checklist.
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"The Hyborian Age (chapter 6)" Simonson story pencils and inks pages (black and white) = ***
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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Bernie Wrightson Gallery - House of Mystery covers

House of Mystery #193
House of Mystery #194
House of Mystery #195
House of Mystery #204
House of Mystery #207
House of Mystery #209
House of Mystery #211
House of Mystery #213
House of Mystery #214
House of Mystery #217
House of Mystery #221
House of Mystery #231
House of Mystery #236
House of Mystery #255
House of Mystery #256



























































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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Flash Gordon v4 #31 - Al Williamson reprint & cover reprint


Flash Gordon v4 #31, 1981 - Part one of a three part adaptation of the Flash Gordon movie, this was first printed in trade paperback. As I mentioned in that post, the better paper stock contributed to overly garish colors. Ironically, these reprint issues on newsprint resulted in muted colors that further enhanced Al Williamson's artwork. While not normally a fan of reprints, Flash Gordon v4 #31-33 in my opinion is superior to the original. Also note that the cover repeats one of Williamson's interior illustrations. See today's posts or more Williamson or Flash Gordon issues. See also this blog's Al Williamson checklist.
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"Flash Gordon the Movie (part 1)" Williamson pencils and inks 21 pages = ***** 
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Friday, August 28, 2015

Teen-age Romances #11 - Matt Baker art & cover


Teen-age Romances v1 #11, 1950 - Matt Baker's cover and three stories are competently drawn, each featuring a girl with her own conundrum. In "Love Made Me an Outcast", a high school student learns the consequence of a hallway kiss and "I Had a Love Debt" features a woman who spends her commission all too quickly. "Could I Live Down My Past?" carries the theme of a girl's sullied reputation. This tale stands out a bit more, mostly due to the opening splash (a montage of portraits around a distraught figure). This is number 11 of 45 Teen-age Romances issues with Baker art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Baker or Teen-age Romances issues. See also this blog's Matt Baker checklist.
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Baker cover pencils and inks = ***
"Could I Live Down My Past?" Baker story pencils and inks 5 pages = ***
"I Had a Love Debt" Baker story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***
"Love Made Me an Outcast" Baker story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Dark Mysteries #2 - Wally Wood cover

Dark Mysteries v1 #2, 1951 - With an enormous skull as a backdrop, legions of winged creatures swarm around a young boy. A copy of this same issue is stuffed in his coat pocket. Wally Wood's second cover on the series is even better than his first. Busy without seeming chaotic, the layout is clear and manageable. Wood's excellent pencils are reinforced by Joe Orlando's sensitively applied shading. Other artists in this issue include Lou Cameron. This is number 2 of 2 Dark Mysteries issues with Wood art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Wood or Dark Mysteries issues. See also this blog's Wood checklist.
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Wood cover pencils (Joe Orlando inks) = ****
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