Monday, July 27, 2015

Strange Tales of the Unusual #7 - Jack Kirby art

Strange Tales of the Unusual v1 #7, 1956 - Landing on Earth, an alien begin to survey the terrain and take soil samples while impervious to military weapons. Jack Kirby displays his usual inventiveness, creating a visitor with almost totemic features (see interior page above). His artwork is largely competent, pencils and inks working equally in tandem. Looking closer, I suspect this could be among the rare times Kirby inked his own work. Other artists in this issue include Dick Ayers, Vic Carrabotta, Sol Brodsky, Bob Forgione, Jack Abel, Marie Severin, Ernie Bache, and Carl Burgos (cover). This is number 1 of 1 Strange Tales of the Unusual issues with Kirby art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kirby or Strange Tales of the Unusual issues. 
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"Poker Face" Kirby story pencils and inks 4 pages = ***
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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Battle #37 - Joe Kubert art

Battle v1 #37, 1954 - In 1942, the Nazis begin using a new long range gun, capable of shelling American tanks from great distances. An elite squad of agents must gather information on it by entering enemy territory. On the opening panel, Joe Kubert silhouettes the new .88 mm guns for greater emphasis. His artwork overall is informative and detailed. His gritty style seems appropriate for both the story and the genre. Other artists in this issue include Russ Heath, Dick Ayers, Ross Andru, Mike Esposito and Joe Sinnott. This is number 1 of 2 Battle issues with Kubert art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kubert or Battle issues. See also this blog's Kubert checklist.
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"S-2 Strikes" Kubert story pencils and inks 6 pages = ***
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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #35 - Carl Barks art

Walt Disney's Comics and Stories v1 #35, 1943 - Visiting a dude ranch, Donald Duck and the boys ride out to the desert and consequently lose their way. Carl Barks is just beginning to shape these characters into the iconic figures they would be known for today. His drawings, while generally skillful, are mostly offset by minimal and sometimes repetitive layouts. Other characters featured in this issue include Mickey Mouse and Little Hiawatha. See today's posts or more Barks or Walt Disney's Comics and Stories issues. See also this blog's Barks checklist.
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"Untitled" Barks story pencils and inks 10 pages = **
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Friday, July 24, 2015

Avengers #184 - John Byrne art

Avengers v1 #184, 1979 - New York Harbor becomes the site for a showdown between the Avengers and a hostile Absorbing Man. John Byrne's artwork is marginally better than previous issues. Interestingly, the inking was a team effort credited to "D. Hands" (for diverse hands). While no names are mentioned, closer examination reveals the work of Dan Green, Brett Breeding, Al Milgrom, Klaus Janson and others. Terry Austin's inks on pages 14 and 22 (see interior page above) have the most polish and clarity. Other artists in this issue include George Perez and Terry Austin (cover). This is number 7 of 17 Avengers issues with Byrne 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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"Death on the Hudson" Byrne story pencils (various inkers) 17 pages = ***
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Daredevil #11 - Wally Wood art & cover

Daredevil v1 #11, 1965 - In a final confrontation with the Apeman, Birdman and Frogman, Daredevil is on the cusp of unmasking their leader, the Organizer. In his last story for the series, Wally Wood inks over Bob Powell's pencils. His line and brushwork is confidently applied, especially the action scenes (see interior page above). A high point is the opening splash, depicting the Birdman hovering over a surprised DD. Powell and Wood's cover is not nearly as enticing, but the artwork comes directly from page 15, panel 1. This is number 7 of 8 Daredevil issues with Wood art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Wood or Daredevil issues. See also this blog's or Wood checklist.
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Wood cover inks (Bob Powell pencils) = **
"A Time to Unmask" Wood story inks (Bob Powell pencils) 20 pages = ***
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Somerset Holmes #5 - Al Williamson art

Somerset Holmes v1 #5, 1984 - Deep beneath the Amazon jungle, Cliff Hanger stumbles upon an elaborate tunnel built by the NazisAl Williamson's latest installment is as well drawn as his previous issues. He illustrates cavernous mines, flash floods and scantily clad women with equal skill and attention. The most gripping scenes occur on pages 7-8, as the hero fights for his life atop a speeding rail car. Other artists in this issue include Brent Anderson. This is number 5 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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"Slaves to the Fiend" Williamson story pencils and inks 8 pages = ****
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