Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Our Army At War #207 - Joe Kubert art & cover


Our Army At War #207 featuring Sgt. Rock, 1969 - Fighting in the deserts of north Africa, Sgt. Rock and company take any help they can get, including the prayers of a GI called "Sparrow". Joe Kubert seems to do it all in this issue. From the painfully dramatic cover to the bold two-page title spread, the artwork teems with detail. Varied layouts, clever sequencing and superb drawings all contribute to the whole. This exemplary issue by Kubert is sure to please the most faithful followers of Sgt. Rock. Other artists in this issue include Sid Greene. See today's posts or more Kubert or Our Army at War issues. See also this blog's Kubert checklist.
- - - - - - - - - -
Kubert cover pencils and inks = ****
"A Sparrow's Prayer"
Kubert story pencils and inks 14 pages = ****
- - - - - - - - - -
Find on ebay: >this issue, >more Kubert issues, >more Our Army At War issues

Dr. Fu Manchu v1 #1 - Wally Wood reprint

Dr. Fu Manchu v1 #1, 1964 - This one-shot issue from IW Publishing reprints the earlier Mask of Dr. Fu Manchu. Wally Wood's artwork is comparable to the original, though not preferred. Sadly, the publisher opted to use replace Wood's splendid cover with an updated version by Jack Sparling. See today's posts or more Wood issues. See also this blog's Wood checklist.
- - - - - - - - - -
Find on ebay: >this issue, >more Wood issues

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Battlestar Galactica #20 - Walt Simonson art & cover


Battlestar Galactica v1 #20, 1980 - With the entire fleet at stake, Starbuck must duel to the death with Eurayle, queen of Scavenge World. Nearing the end of his run on the series, Walt Simonson's style asserts itself more than any of his efforts. His deftly composed cover art stands out despite all the surrounding text. The same scene within the story is expertly drawn and paced, climaxing in a large, explosive panel. This is number 12 of 14 Battlestar Galactica issues with Simonson art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Simonson or Battlestar Galactica issues. See also this blog's Simonson checklist. 
- - - - - - - - - -
Simonson cover pencils and inks = ***
"Hell Hath No Fury" Simonson story pencils (Klaus Jason inks) 17 pages = ***
- - - - - - - - - -
Find on ebay: >this issue, >more Simonson issues, >more Battlestar Galactica issues
Find on amazon: >this tv show

Thor #344 - Walt Simonson art & cover


Thor v1 #344, 1984 - Thor appears only in cameo as this issue centers around his fellow Asgardian, Balder the Brave. Tasked with bringing a message to Loki, Balder must survive deadly obstacles along the way. Walt Simonson's cover employs a radial layout with a color palette that emphasizes the central character. It's a little too loosely rendered for my tastes, but the artist's interior art generally meets expectations. This is number 19 of 41 Thor issues with Simonson art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Simonson or Thor issues. See also this blog's Walt Simonson checklist.
- - - - - - - - - -
Simonson cover pencils and inks = ***
"Whatever Happened to Balder the Brave" Simonson story
pencils and inks 21 pages = ****
- - - - - - - - - -
Find on ebay: >this issue, >more Simonson issues, >more Thor issues

Thor #340 - Walt Simonson art & cover


Thor v1 #340, 1984 - In defending an interstellar fleet, Beta Ray Bill and Thor must go to the source of the demon hordes that plague them. Walt Simonson's cover has an uncommon richness, much of it due to the Cezanne-like color palette. Inside, his bombastic drawings come alive within tightly-designed layouts. Thor repels an onslaught of demons in one fine example (see interior page above). On a final note, Beta Ray Bill's original, more human-like form is revealed for the first time. This is number 15 of 41 Thor issues with Simonson art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Simonson or Thor issues. See also this blog's Walt Simonson checklist.
- - - - - - - - - -
Simonson cover pencils and inks = ****
"Though Hel Should Bar The Way"
Simonson story pencils and inks 22 pages = ****
- - - - - - - - - -
Find on ebay: >this issue, >more Simonson issues, >more Thor issues

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...