Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Jim Starlin Gallery - Captain Marvel issues

Captain Marvel #25 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by Jim Starlin
Captain Marvel v2 #25
Captain Marvel #26 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by Jim Starlin
Captain Marvel v2 #26
Captain Marvel #27 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by Jim Starlin
Captain Marvel v2 #27
Captain Marvel #28 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by Jim Starlin
Captain Marvel v2 #28
Captain Marvel #29 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by Jim Starlin
Captain Marvel v2 #29
Captain Marvel #30 marvel comic 1970s bronze age comic cover art by Jim Starlin
Captain Marvel v2 #30
Captain Marvel #31 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by Jim Starlin
Captain Marvel v2 #31
Captain Marvel #32 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by Jim Starlin
Captain Marvel v2 #32
Captain Marvel #33 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by Jim Starlin
Captain Marvel v2 #33
Captain Marvel #34 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by Jim Starlin
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde / A Star Presentation #3 - Wally Wood art & cover


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde / A Star Presentation v1 #3, 1950 - Robert Louis Stevenson's novel is adapted for comics for the first time. A young Wally Wood handles the artistic chores early in his career. Though enthusiastic, the pages with often filled with crudely applied drawings. Glimpses of his talent appear in a few panels, but overall the artist struggles. On the other hand, Wood delivers a memorably arresting cover. Especially effective is how the female figure visually splits the two conflicting personalities. The artist also draws the brief horror tale accompanying the main feature. This is number 1 of 1 A Star Presentation issues with Wood art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Wood issues. See also this blog's Wood checklist.
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Wood cover pencils and inks = ****
"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" Wood story pencils and inks 26 pages = **
"The Repulsive Dwarf" Wood story pencils and inks 3 pages = **
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Batman #356 - Don Newton art


Batman v1 #356, 1983 - Kidnapped and taken to a duplicate Wayne Manor, Bruce Wayne must fight for the right for continuing as Batman. The scenario is competently drawn by Don Newton, whose varied layouts add to a sense of unexpectedness. A battle between two "Batmans" ensues on page 17, culminating in a terrific full page splash on page 19. Dick Giordano's inks are assertive at times, but in general, Newton's artwork comes foreward. This is number 16 of 34 Batman issues with Newton art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Newton or Batman issues. See also this blog's Newton checklist.
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"The Double Life of Hugo Strange" Newton story pencils (Dick Giordano inks) 23 pages = ***
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Pictorial Romances #6 - Matt Baker cover & reprint

Pictorial Romances v1 #6, 1951 - As sailors disembark from their ship, a man overhears his girlfriend pledge her love to another. This tense scene is partially offset by the cover's light, airy layout. Matt Baker's focus on the couple, classically drawn and positioned, clearly stand out. Notably, the aircraft carrier in the distance adds a greater sense of scale and depth. In addition to this spacious cover, Baker's only work inside is a reprint from Blue Ribbon Comics #5. Other artists in this issue include Warren King and others. This is number 2 of 21 Pictorial Romances issues with Baker art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Baker or Pictorial Romances issues. See also this blog's Matt Baker checklist.
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Baker cover pencils and inks = ***
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Friday, June 26, 2015

House of Secrets #67 - Alex Toth art


House of Secrets v1 #67, 1964 - Bruce Gordon makes another attempt at constraining his Eclipso alter ego, only this time resulting in their separation into two beings. Just like previous issues, Alex Toth's last Eclipso tale is thoughtfully drawn. The most interesting scenes occur on the volcanic island where the villainous curse originated (see interior page above). Other artists in this issue include Mort Meskin and George Roussos. This is number 6 of 7 House of Secrets issues with Toth art and/or covers (not including reprints). See today's posts or more Toth or House of Secrets issues. See also this blog's Alex Toth checklist.
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"Challenge of the Split-Man" Toth story pencils and inks 13 pages = ***
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Battle #69 - Jack Kirby art & cover


Battle v1 #69, 1959 - Faced with two oncoming Japanese battleships, a submarine crew goes on the attack against all odds. Layouts and pacing are meticulously planned by Jack Kirby. His panel drawings vary without sacrificing the storytelling. Joe Sinnott's inking opts for a minimum of shadows, making the scenes inside the submarine unusually bright and airy. Kirby's pencils are streamlined and engaging, more so than his overworked cover design. Other artists in this issue include Russ Heath, Carl Burgos and John Severin. This is number 6 of 7 Battle issues with Kirby art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kirby or Battle issues. See also this blog's Kirby checklist.
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Kirby cover pencils (Dick Ayers inks) = **
"Doom Under the Deep" Kirby story pencils (Joe Sinnott inks) 6 pages = ***
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