Thursday, November 26, 2015

X-Men #15 - Jack Kirby art & cover

X-Men v1 #15, 1965 - After capturing the Beast, the Sentinels trove through his memories to find a way to defeat the mutant menace. Jack Kirby's cover is frenetic yet passable. The artist's distinctive style emerges even in the heat of an all-out battle. As with previous issues, Kirby's layouts add little value to the story art. This is number 15 of 17 X-Men issues with Kirby art and/or covers (not including reprints). See today's posts or more Kirby or X-men issues.
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Kirby cover pencils (Dick Ayers inks) = ***
"Prisoners of the Mysterious Master Mold" Kirby layouts (Jay Gavin story pencils/Dick Ayers inks) 20 pages = *
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Best of DC #51 / Batman Family - Neal Adams, Don Newton, Marshall Rogers, Jim Starlin reprints

Best of DC (Blue Ribbon Digest) v1 #51 / Batman Family, 1984 - One hundred pages showcase Batman and many of his supporting characters, including Robin, Man-Bat and Batgirl. The best of these reprints feature artwork by Neal Adams (Batman #232, Batman #237), Don Newton (Batman Family #12, Batman Family #13), Marshall Rogers (Batman Family #13) and Jim Starlin (opening splash from Batman Family #17, wrap-around cover sans masthead from Batman Family #20). See today's posts or more Adams, Newton, Rogers, Starlin or Best of DC issues. See also this blog's Adams checklist, Newton checklist, Rogers checklist, Starlin checklist, Top 10 Adams comics, Top 10 Rogers comics or Top 10 Starlin comics.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Avengers #189 - John Byrne art & cover

Avengers v1 #1891979 - No longer an Avenger, Hawkeye finds a warehouse security job that soon pits him against the razor sharp wings of Deathbird. John Byrne's artwork (aided by Dan Green) continues to be superlative. Layouts are carefully constructed for maximum storytelling. Note that Thor's departure on page 2 (see interior page above) employs multiple viewpoints for variety's sake. Byrne's story pages also outperform his static and a-tad-too-busy cover. This is number 12 of 17 Avengers issues with Byrne art and/or covers art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Byrne or Avengers issues. See also this blog's Byrne checklist.
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Byrne cover pencils (Dan Green inks) = ***

"Wings and Arrows" Byrne story pencils (Dan Green inks) 19 pages = ****
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Danger Trail #3 - Alex Toth art

Danger Trail v1 #3, 1950 - In the Sahara desert, native Touregs fight the French Foreign Legion for dominance over the region. Oddly, the story is told from a battle flag’s point of view. Alex Toth draws his finest work of the series. His drawings and panel sequences are equally exemplary. His opening splash, a desert scene of machine guns converging on its targets, is impeccably designed. Toth allows the unprinted area to extend the sky beyond the confines of the page. Other artists in this issue include Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella. This is number 3 of 5 Danger Trail issues with Toth art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Toth or Danger Trail issues. See also this blog's Alex Toth checklist.
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"Battle Flag of the Foreign Legion" Toth story pencils and inks 8 pages = ****
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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Our Army at War #205 - Joe Kubert art, cover & reprint

Our Army at War v1 #205 featuring Sgt. Rock, 1969 - Full of mostly reprints, this issue does boast three new Joe Kubert pages. One serves as an intro to the pre-published stories and the remaining are educational in nature. His best work occurs on the cover, where a temporarily blinded Sgt. Rock stumbles into a Nazi patrol. Figures fill every available space, evoking a claustrophobic feeling. The image is only vaguely related to one of the interior stories, but Kubert’s version (as usual) is far superior. The issue also contains a Kubert reprint from Our Army at War #59. Other artists in this issue include Ross Andru and Russ Heath. See today's posts or more Kubert or Our Army at War issues. See also this blog's Joe Kubert checklist.
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Kubert cover pencils and inks = ***
Kubert intro pencils and inks 1 page = ***
"Battle Album" (tank) Kubert story pencils and inks 1 page = **
"Battle Album" (dolphin) Kubert story pencils and inks 1 page = **
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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Space War #5 - Steve Ditko art & cover

Space War v1 #5, 1960 - A Venusian scientist theorizes that there is intelligent life on Earth, prompting his colleagues to send him there in an experimental rocket. Steve Ditko’s panel designs are generally simple and straightforward. The opening scene may even be too minimal. However, many of the facial close-ups are quite impressive in their detail.The artist proves himself more than adept in this genre (science fiction). Ditko’s partial cover art is borrowed from one of his interior panels. Other artists in this issue include Bill Molno and Vince Alascia. This is number 2 of 5 Space War issues with Ditko art and/or covers (not including reprints). See today's posts or more Ditko or Space War issues. See also this blog's Steve Ditko checklist.
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"Exiled To Earth" Ditko story pencils and inks 6 pages = ****
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