Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Authentic Police Cases #28 - non-attributed Matt Baker cover

Authentic Police Cases v1 #28, 1953 - In the midst of a prison break, a female accomplice watches as one of her companions gets killed in the attempt. Matt Baker's placement of figures in the fore-, mid- and background effectively extends depth and perspective. Note also how the artist uses the getaway car's headlights to illuminate the scene. Although Baker drew plenty of crime covers, this one was unattributed in some comic book guides. This is number 20 of 28 Authentic Police Cases issues with Baker art and/or covers (not including reprints). See today's posts or more Baker or Authentic Police Cases issues. See also this blog's Matt Baker checklist.
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Baker cover pencils and inks = ***
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Crime Suspenstories #3 - Wally Wood art

Crime Suspenstories v1 #3, 1950 - When a bank robber's identity is made public, he and his partner force a plastic surgeon to give him a brand new face. Wally Wood starts to hone his talents on this gripping crime story. Faces and figures are solidly drawn within capable layouts. His opening panel, with its grisly scene and smoky atmospherics, stands out from the rest. This is number 2 of 2 Crime Suspenstories issues with Wood art. Other artists in this issue include Johnny Craig and Harvey Kurtzman. See today's posts or more Wood or Crime Suspenstories issues. See also this blog's Wally Wood checklist.
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"Faced with Horror" Wood story pencils and inks 6 pages = ***
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Rio Bravo - comic series checklist






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Rio Bravo v1
Dell
1959

Four Color Comics v2 #1018 - Alex Toth art

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Superboy #250 - Jim Starlin art


Superboy (and the Legion of Super-Heroes) v1 #250, 1979 - This landmark 250th issue picks up the storyline first started in Superboy #239. When a destructive creature called Omega nears Earth, not even the combined might of Superboy and Mon-El can stop him. Jim Starlin (under the name of Steve Apollo) provides tight layouts. Dave Hunt's inks have a softening effect on the drawings, but don't impede the sequencing. Overall the work could have benefited from Starlin's greater involvement. Other artists in this issue include Joe Staton and Dick Giordano. This is number 3 of 4 Superboy issues with Starlin art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Starlin or Superboy issues. See also this blog's Starlin checklist or Top 10 Starlin comics.
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"This is the Day the Universe Dies" Starlin story pencils (Dave Hunt) inks 19 pages = **
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This Magazine Is Haunted #21 - Steve Ditko cover

This Magazine Is Haunted v1 #21, 1954 - A witch doctor shoves nails through voodoo dolls on this creepy Steve Ditko cover. A partial curtain and billowing smoke surround the figure, while shrunken heads sit patiently nearby. Despite the jewel-like colors, Ditko's image is weirdly appealing. Other artists in this issue include Chic Stone, Sy Moskowitz, Steve Kirkel and George Evans. This is number 5 of 9 This Magazine Is Haunted issues with Ditko art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Ditko or This Magazine Is Haunted issues. See also this blog's Ditko checklist.
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Ditko cover pencils and inks = ***
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