Saturday, March 28, 2015

Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #33 - Carl Barks art

Walt Disney's Comics and Stories v1 #33, 1943 - Hired as a lifegaurd, Donald Duck tries heroics to impress a babe at the beach. Nephews Huey, Louie and Dewey stand ready to assist him. Small insets and variations in panel sizes give this ten-pager a distinct quality. Carl Barks' drawings are minimal, yet tell the story with clarity and purpose. His fine linework can be seen in the ocean waves and peaceful settings. Note that this issue also sports an "infinity" cover, where the image is replicated ever smaller. 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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Daredevil #9 - Wally Wood art & cover

Daredevil v1 #9, 1965 - Traveling to Europe to meet a famous eye surgeon, Matt Murdock instead finds himself fighting against a medieval-style dictator. Wally Wood supplies the story's layouts and inks, leaving the penciling to Bob Powell. The scenes are a bit more crowded than usual but not to the detriment of the whole. The distribution of light and shadow is also consistent with previous issues, not a surprise given that Wood's hand is dominant throughout. His cover shows effort but the composition is far too convoluted. This is number 5 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 pencils and inks= **
"That He May See" Wood layouts and story inks (Bob Powell pencils)  20 pages = **
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Magnus Robot Fighter #41 - Russ Manning reprint

Magnus Robot Fighter v1 #41, 1975 - This issue re-presents Magnus Robot Fighter #18 from earlier in the series. Reprints aside, Manning drew a total of 21 Magnus Robot Fighter issues. See today's posts or more Manning or Magnus Robot Fighter issues. See also this blog's Russ Manning checklist.
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Avengers #183 - John Byrne art

Avengers v1 #183, 1979 - Ms. Marvel and the Falcon join the team, just in time for a confrontation with the Absorbing Man. Klaus Janson's inks continue to be heavy-handed, often suppressing John Byrne's pencils. Reliably but conservatively drawn, the story seems to have more introspective, dialogue-driven scenes than previous issues. The action ramps up toward the end, as the Avengers rush into battle. Other artists in this issue include George Perez and Terry Austin (cover). This is number 6 of 17 Avengers issues with Byrne art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Byrne or Avengers issues.
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"The Redoubtable Return of Crusher Creel" Byrne story pencils (Klaus Janson inks) 17 pages = **
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Friday, March 27, 2015

Ghost Manor - comic series checklist

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Ghost Manor v2

23 - Don Newton art

(more to come)

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Jimmy Wakely #7 - Frank Frazetta, Alex Toth art

Jimmy Wakely v1 #7, 1950 - In this issue, two of three Jimmy Wakely tales are illustrated by Alex Toth. The artist's hand is most evident on the opening splash pages, but in general his efforts seem less than enthusiastic. Frank Frazetta recounts the legend of Botalye, the Plains indian who charged the US army alone and unarmed (see interior page above). The opening page appears sloppily drawn, especially the first panel. Details abound, but the figure drawings appear hurried. The remaining two pages have greater precision and clarity, but Frazetta's total effort falls just short. Other artists in this issue include Carmine Infantino and Gil Kane. This is number 4 of 4 Jimmy Wakely issues with Frazetta art and/or covers and number 7 of 15 Jimmy Wakely issues with Toth art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Frazetta, Toth or Jimmy Wakely issues. See also this blog's Toth checklist, Frazetta checklist or Top 10 Frazetta comics.
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"Botalye, Immortal Indian Warrior" story pencils and inks 3 pages = **
"The Secret of Hairpin Canyon” Toth story pencils (Bernard Sachs inks) 9 pages = *
"Desert Justice” Toth story pencils (Frank Giacoia inks) 8 pages = *
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