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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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Teen-age Romances #9 - Matt Baker art & cover, Joe Kubert art


Teen-age Romances v1 #9, 1950 - Matt Baker contributes two tales in this issue: a materialistic girl convinces men to buy her nice things and a cheerleader plays the field with little thought to the consequences. Both are sumptuously drawn with his typical smooth, flowing lines. Baker also does a large illustration of similar quality for the issue's sole text story. A bit less impressive is Joe Kubert's work on "Magnificent Deception",  a tale of a rising starlet torn between two different men. His inking only brings marginal improvement to the pencils. All four stories (which were later reprinted in Diary Secrets #17) are packaged within an attractive Matt Baker cover. Read the brown-haired woman's inadvertently sexual comment to get a chuckle. This is number 9 of 45 Teen-age Romances issues with Baker art and/or covers. See today's posts or more BakerKubert or Teen-age Romances issues. See also this blog's Baker checklist or Kubert checklist.
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Baker cover pencils and inks = ***
"Love or Pride?" Baker story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***
"The Temptation I Couldn't Resist" Baker story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***
"A Date With a Wolf" Baker text illo pencils and inks 2 pages = ***
"Magnificent Deception" Kubert story inks (Hy Rosen pencils) 8 pages = **
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Detective Comics #450 - Walt Simonson art


Detective Comics v1 #450, 1975 - After the assassination of Senator Locksley,  the Batman is driven to find both the perpetrator and those who hired him. Walt Simonson emphasizes the hero's clever and sometimes brutal methods in solving a case. There is mild distortion in some of the faces and figures, but overall the artwork is gritty and visceral. His depictions of the hero are masterful, from the menacing opening splash to the violent battle toward story's end (see interior page above).  Impeccably paced and laud out, Simonson's first solo Batman story is phenomenal. Other artists in this issue include Al Milgrom, Terry Austin and Dick Giordano (cover). This is number 8 of 11 Detective Comics issues with Simonson art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Simonson or Detective Comics issues. See also this blog's Walt Simonson checklist.
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"The Cape & Cowl Deathtrap" Simonson story pencils and inks 12 pages = *****
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Mickey Mouse - comic series checklist






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Mickey Mouse v1
Dell / Gold Key
1952-84

Four Color Comics v2 #16, 27
Four Color Comics v2 #79 - Carl Barks art
Four Color Comics v2 #116, 141, 157, 170,  181, 194, 214, 231, 248, 261, 268, 279, 286, 296, 304, 313, 325, 334, 343, 352, 362, 371, 387, 401, 411, 427, 819, 1057, 1151, 1246
28-50
51-100
101-150
151-218

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Fargo Kid #3 - Al Williamson art


Fargo Kid v1 #3, 1958 - Al Williamson is tasked with two main features in this issue. In the first. the origin of the Fargo Kid is recounted by two men in a saloon. In the second, the title character leads a wagon straight through hostile indian territory. Williamson's pencils are a tad overwhelmed by the inks, but not to the detriment of the artwork as a whole. The artist's distinctive figure drawing comes through in many of the panels, typically the fight scenes (see interior page above). Other artists in this issue include John Severin and Russ Heath. This is number 1 of 1 Fargo Kid issues with Williamson art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Williamson or Fargo Kid issues. See also this blog's Williamson checklist.
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"The Fargo Kid" Williamson story pencils (John Severin inks) 7 pages = ***
"Raw Courage" Williamson story pencils (John Severin inks) 6 pages = ***
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