Friday, September 19, 2014

Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #268 - Carl Barks art

Walt Disney's Comics and Stories v1 #268, 1963 - As Christmas nears, Donald Duck and his nephews pine for presents that only Uncle Scrooge can afford. When the boys find gold in some remote woods, Scrooge's wallet suddenly opens up. As usual, Carl Barks' drawings delight and entertain. The highlight of the story is Huey, Louie and Dewey's run-in with a reindeer watchdog (see interior page above). Other characters featured in this issue include Gyro Gearloose, Mickey Mouse and the Big Bad Wolf. See today's posts or more Barks or Walt Disney's Comics and Stories issues. See also this blog's Carl Barks checklist.
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"Christmas Cheer" Barks pencils and inks 10 pages = ***
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Marvel Team Up #72 - John Byrne cover

Marvel Team-Up v1 #79, 1979 - While Spider-man lies beaten on the ground, Iron Man is caught unawares by his old foe Whiplash. John Byrne's cover lacks breathing room, but otherwise composes the scene with great clarity. The figures are smartly positioned, and his pencils shine through Bob Layton's smooth inks. Other artists in this issue include Jim Mooney. This is number 19 of 22 Marvel Team-Up issues with Byrne art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Byrne or Marvel Team-Up issues. See also this blog's Byrne checklist.
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Byrne cover pencils (Bob Layton inks) = ***
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Marvel Super Special #22 / Blade Runner - Al Williamson art, Jim Steranko cover

Marvel Super Special v1 #22 featuring Blade Runner, 1982 - In this official adaptation of the movie Blade Runner,  Al Williamson takes on this ambitious project with gusto. The artist does a superlative job with the actors' likenesses, in particular Harrison Ford. Williamson's drawings are crisp and detailed throughout, reinforced by Carlos Garzon's streamlined inking. The center spread, depicting a panoramic view of a futuristic city, is strikingly similar to a scene in the film. Additionally, Jim Steranko provides a bold multi-layered design for the cover. This is number 2 of 3 Marvel Super Special issues with Williamson art and/or covers and number 1 of 1 Marvel Super Special issues with Steranko art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Steranko, Williamson or Marvel Super Special issues. See also this blog's Steranko checklist, Top 10 Steranko comics, or Al Williamson checklist.
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Steranko cover painting = ***
“Blade Runner” Williamson story pencils (Carlos Garzon inks) 45 pages = ****
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wartime Romances #6 - Matt Baker art & cover

Wartime Romances v1 #6, 1952 - Despite the numerous small panels and abundant dialogue, Matt Baker illustrates his three stories with masterful ease. Each typically opens with a large title panel, setting the tone for the remaining pages. Among his skillfully drawn efforts, "Engagement for Profit", is just a tad more exquisite. The compositions within the panels are slightly more varied and detailed (see interior page above). By contrast, Baker's cover is merely sufficient. This is number 6 of 18 Wartime Romances issues with Baker art and/or covers. See today's posts, more Baker or Wartime Romances issues. See also this blog's Matt Baker checklist.
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Baker c
over pencils and inks = ***
"Escapades of a Navy Wife"
Baker story pencils and inks 9 pages = ***
"Camouflaged Heart"
Baker story pencils and inks 8 pages = ***
"Engagement for Profit"
Baker story pencils and inks 7 pages = ****
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Showcase #104 / OSS Spies at War - Joe Kubert cover

Showcase v1 #104 featuring OSS Spies at War, 1978 - A spy takes refuge in a circus during WWII, endangering his fellow performers. Joe Kubert's cover is barely adequate, marred by too much typography. The use of nine different fonts complicates things further and distracts from the illustration. Other artists in this issue include Ric Estrada. This is number 19 of 19 Showcase issues with Kubert art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kubert or Showcase issues. See also this blog's Joe Kubert checklist.
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Kubert cover pencils and inks = **
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