Thursday, November 27, 2014

Star Spangled War #180 - Joe Kubert cover, Walt Simonson art


Star Spangled War Stories v1 #180 featuring the Unknown Soldier, 1974 - In this sequel to the sci-fi tale in Star Spangled War Stories #170,  a group of futuristic soldiers discover a war machine that survived its initial destruction. Walt Simonson's artwork is more polished and confidently drawn. Layout and pacing are integral to the storytelling. The sliced up panel sequences on page 5 are inventive and devastatingly effective. Simonson's excellent back-up feature is supplemented by his sharp rendition of a Phantom II navy fighter jet. "Return" was later reprinted in The Art of Walt Simonson. Joe Kubert's cover portrays a deadly conundrum for the Unknown Soldier. This is number 3 of 3 Star Spangled War Stories issues with Simonson art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Simonson, Kubert or Star Spangled War issues. See also this blog's Kubert checklist or Simonson checklist.
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Kubert cover pencils and inks = ***
"Return" Simonson story pencils and inks 6 pages = ****
"Phantom II" Simonson pin-up pencils and inks 1 page = ****
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Marvel Premiere #9 - original Frank Brunner page

Doctor Strange and the Ancient One display prominently on this original page from Marvel Premiere #9. Ernie Chua inks over Frank Brunner's pencils. See today's posts or more Brunner, Doctor Strange or Marvel Premiere issues. See also this blog's Brunner checklist or more artworks.
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Donald Duck #256 - Carl Barks reprint

Donald Duck v1 #256, 1987 - A reprint of "Volcano Valley" from Four Color Comics #147 resides in this issue. It's a passable alternative to the original in my opinion. See today's posts or more Barks or Donald Duck issues. See also this blog's Carl Barks checklist.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Avengers #165 - John Byrne art


Avengers v1 #165, 1977 - Siphoning off energy from his super-powered lackeys, Count Nefaria becomes poweful enough to take on all of the Avengers. John Byrne's artwork pulses with excitement as each hero takes a turn at their seemingly invincible foe. The layouts are fast-paced and frenetic. Pablo Marco's inks are better in some pages than others. Wonder Man careening through Avengers mansion (see interior page above) is one of the more spectacular scenes. Other artists in this issue include George Perez (cover). This is number 2 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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"Hammer of Vengeance" Byrne story pencils (Pablo Marcos inks) 17 pages = ***
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Roots of the Swamp Thing - comic series checklist






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Roots of the Swamp Thing v1
DC
1986-86

1 - Bernie Wrightson cover & reprints
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3 - Bernie Wrightson reprints
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5 - Bernie Wrightson reprints

(more to come)

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Weird Science-Fantasy #26 - Wally Wood art

Weird Science-Fantasy v1 #26 ec comic book cover art by Al FeldsteinWeird Science-Fantasy v1 #26 ec comic book page art by Wally Wood
Weird Science-Fantasy v1 #26, 1954 - Comprised of 1-3 page stories, this special "Flying Saucer Reports" issue deviates from the regular series format. Wally Wood illustrates many of the pages, some more finely detailed than others. His opening splash, depicting a mid-air collision of an airplane with a UFO, sets an ominous tone for the rest of the book. His best work chronicles the discovery of a Martian nuclear explosion in the single page "Was This the Answer?", with its richly drawn panels. Other artists in this issue include Joe Orlando, George Evans and Reed Crandall. This is number 4 of 7 Weird Science-Fantasy issues with Wood art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Wood or Weird Science-Fantasy issues. See also this blog's Wally Wood checklist.
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"Was This Fairly Heavy Body a Flying Saucer?" Wood story pencils and inks 1 page = ***
"Eastern Airlines Case" Wood story pencils and inks 2 pages = ***
"The United Airlines Emmet, Idaho Case" Wood story pencils and inks 1 page = ***
"Was This the Answer?" Wood story pencils and inks 1 page = ****
"Dec. 27, 1949 Release" Wood story pencils and inks 1 page = ***
"1952 Hamilton AFB Case" Wood story pencils and inks 1 page = ***
"Recent Developments" Wood story pencils and inks 1 page = ***
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