Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Jimmy Wakely #3 - Frank Frazetta, Alex Toth art

Jimmy Wakely v1 #3, 1950 - Alex Toth contributes three tales, all of which are nearly unrecognizable in style and effort. Inkers Frank Giacoia and Sy Barry dominate the pencils, resulting in mediocre artwork overall. Frank Frazetta's back-up tale, on the other hand, is splendidly drawn. His opening panel is oddly flat, mostly due to its lack of shadows. That aside, subsequent scenes show detailed effort in the faces, figures and backgrounds (see interior page above). Other artists in this issue include Martin Naydel and Harvey Kurtzman. This is number 1 of 4 Jimmy Wakely issues with Frazetta art and/or covers and number 3 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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“The White Indian Chief” Frazetta story pencils and inks 3 pages = ***
“The Return of Tulsa Tom” Toth story pencils (Sy Barry inks) 11 pages = *
Toth contents page pencils (Frank Giacoia inks) 1 page = ***
“Prairie Town's 30-Day Wonder” Toth story pencils (Joe Giella inks) 10 pages = *
“The Comeback Trail” Toth story pencils (Bernard Sachs inks) 6 pages = *
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Avengers #185 - John Byrne art

Avengers v1 #1851979 - Traveling to eastern Europe, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch trace their origins to a mountain citadel in ruins. John Byrne's pencils are capably delineated by Dan Green, whose inks add a soft, supple dimension to each page. European scenery, clothing and architecture of an older tradition appear entirely convincing. The opening splash (along with several large panels) only reinforce the fact that this is Byrne's best Avengers issue yet. Other artists in this issue include George Perez and Terry Austin (cover). This is number 8 of 17 Avengers issues with Byrne art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Byrne or Avengers issues. See also this blog's Byrne checklist.
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"The Yesterday Quest" Byrne story pencils (Dan Green inks) 17 pages = ***
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Sunday, April 26, 2015

This Magazine Is Haunted #17 - Steve Ditko art & cover

This Magazine Is Haunted v1 #17, 1954 - In a pair of gruesome tales, Steve Ditko tells of an actor's pact with the devil and a thief's run-in with bloodthirsty ghouls. Both are drawn with more enthusiasm than skill, filled with overly distorted faces. A third story, "Triple Header", features a big game hunter and his cheating wife. Though only two pages, Ditko's artwork shows more potential and distinction. His suspenseful cover nicely caps one of his early efforts for Charlton. Other artists in this issue include Bob Powell and Maurice Gutwirth. This is number 2 of 9 This Magazine Is Haunted issues with Ditko art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Ditko or This Magazine Is Haunted issues. See also this blog's Ditko checklist.
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Ditko cover pencils and inks = ***
"3-D Disaster, Doom, Death" Ditko story pencils and inks 7 pages = **
"Triple Header" Ditko story pencils and inks 2 pages = ***
"The Night People" Ditko story pencils and inks 4 pages = **
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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Mister Miracle #15 - Jack Kirby art & cover

Mister Miracle v1 #15 dc bronze age comic book cover art by Jack KirbyMister Miracle v1 #15 dc bronze age comic book page art by Jack Kirby
Mister Miracle v1 #15, 1973 - Targeted by a criminal mastermind, a kid named Shilo Norman is taken to Mr. Miracle and company for protection. Crowded with figures, Jack Kirby's cover still seems oddly static. The interiors match the exuberance of previous issues, including two fine splash pages. The best scene is the double-page spread of Big Barda, poised to clench a gigantic nutcracker on the title character. Its compositional strength is a testament to Kirby's keen design sense. This is number 15 of 18 Mr. Miracle issues with Kirby art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kirby or Mister Miracle issues. See also this blog's Jack Kirby checklist.
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Kirby cover pencils (Mike Royer inks) = ***
"The Real Big Barda" Kirby story pencils (Mike Royer inks) 20 pages = ****
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Friday, April 24, 2015

Donald Duck #259 - Carl Barks reprints

Donald Duck v1 #259, 1987 - Residing in this issue are reprints of "Ring Leader Roundup" (Four Color Comics v2 #1150) and "Swami Swindle" (Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #95). Both are drawn by Carl Barks. See today's posts or more Barks or Donald Duck issues. See also this blog's Carl Barks checklist.
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Teen-age Romances #13 - Matt Baker art, cover & reprint

Teen-age Romances v1 #13, 1950 - Smothering love, an ambitious career and the wrong crowd are the themes to a trio of Matt Baker stories. Two of the three are comparable in artistic quality, filled with splendid settings and figure drawings. The first story, "I Was Too Fast For Love", is slightly better, mostly due to the roomy opening splash. A fourth tale, "I Played With Fire" is a reprint (originally titled "My Strange Complex") from Pictorial Confessions #2. All of these are encased in Baker's beautiful cover, illustrating a girl's recollection of a recent confrontation. This is number 13 of 45 Teen-age Romances issues with Baker art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Baker or Teen-age Romances issues. See also this blog's Matt Baker checklist.
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Baker cover pencils and inks = ***
"I Was Too Fast For Love" Baker story pencils and inks 9 pages = ***
"I Wanted Too Much Love" Baker story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***
"My First Mistake" Baker story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***
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