Saturday, October 25, 2014

Weird Horrors #9 - Joe Kubert art & cover


Weird Horrors v1 #9, 1953 - Exploring a ols mansion, newlyweds find an ancient atlas that can cause devastating global disasters. Joe Kubert's haunting cover leads into his superb story inside. Fine detailed, the artwork effectively captures death and destruction on a massive scale. Kubert encapsulates this on his opening splash page, montaging together several horrific scenes. Other artists in this issue include Lou Cameron and Bob Forgione. This is number 3 of 3 Weird Horrors issues with Kubert art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kubert or Weird Horrors issues. See also this blog's Joe Kubert checklist.
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Kubert cover pencils and inks = ***
"Map of Doom
" Kubert story pencils and inks 10 pages = ****
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Star Wars #47 - Frank Miller cover

Star Wars v1 #47, 1981 - Pursued by militant droids, C3PO and R2D2 run for their lives. On this colorful Frank Miller cover, the background remains outlined, allowing the main characters to come to the fore. The artist's robotic designs are varied and inventive. They in turn contribute to a visually arresting, almost festive scene. Miller's penchant for machinery makes this issue stand out. Other artists in this issue include Carmine Infantino and  Gene Day. This is number 1 of 1 Star Wars issues with Miller art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Miller or Star Wars issues. See also this blog's Frank Miller checklist.
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Miller cover pencils (James Sherman inks) = ***
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Christmas with the Super-heroes - comic series checklist






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Christmas with the Super-heroes v1
DC
1988-89

1 - John Byrne cover, Frank Miller, Neal Adams reprints
2 - John Byrne art

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Warfront #29 - Jack Kirby cover

Warfront v1 #29, 1956 - The killing gets up close and personal on this gritty Jack Kirby cover. Despite the inappropriately bright colors, the drawing itself is deadly serious. The layout is simple but forceful, rendered in a style not unlike much earlier Simon and Kirby works. Other artists in this issue include Warren Kremer and Jack Sparling. This is number 2 of 4 Warfront issues with Kirby art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kirby or Warfront issues.
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Kirby cover pencils (Joe Simon inks) = ***
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

House of Secrets #96 – Bernie Wrightson cover, Wally Wood art, Alex Toth reprint


House of Secrets v1 #96, 1971 - Bernie Wrightson begins the issue with his exceptional cover. Innocent children are directly contrasted against the ghoulish residents of an old painting. The artistic details are delicately applied and beautifully executed. Wally Wood delivers the tale of a little boy, terrified and alone in a world of monsters. The creatures are beyond grotesque, created by the artist's fluent imagination. The drawing, pacing and layouts are superb throughout a mere six pages. Reminiscent of his 1950s EC work, this story is this story is among Wood's finest bronze age efforts. Lastly, the issue includes a Alex Toth sci-fi tale from House of Secrets #48. Other artists in this issue include Bill Draut, Dick Dillin, Jack Abel and Sergio Aragones. This is number 3 of 3 House of Secrets issues with Wood art and/or covers and number 6 of 11 House of Secrets issues with Wrightson art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Wood, Toth, Wrightson or House of Secrets issues. See also this blog's Toth checklist, Wood checklistWrightson checklist or Top 10 Wrightson comics.
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Wrightson cover pencils and inks = ****
"The Monster" Wood pencils and inks 6 pages = ****
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