Friday, February 27, 2015

Shock Suspenstories #11 - Wally Wood art


Shock Suspenstories v1 #11, 1953 - Returning to his hometown, a Korean War veteran finds out his GI buddy’s body is rejected from the local cemetery. Despite the dead soldier’s heroism, the townspeople conspire to have him buried elsewhere. Wally Wood faithfully depicts a festive homecoming on the opening page, complete with billowing American flags. Patriotic townspeople crowd the train station, tapering off in the distance to enhance perspective. Wood's line quality seems softer, less distinct than usual, but doesn't detract from the aesthetics and emotional impact. Other artists in this issue include Johnny Craig, Reed Crandall and Jack Kamen. This is number 10 of 14 Shock Suspenstories issues with Wood art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Wood or Shock Suspenstories issues. See also this blog's Wally Wood checklist.
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”In Gratitude" Wood pencils and inks 7 pages = ****
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Fantastic Four #1 - Jack Kirby art & cover (1st Fantastic Four)


Fantastic Four v1 #1, 1961 - The first appearance of the FF begins with Jack Kirby's iconic cover. Inside, their origin is drawn with adventurous flair with a touch of science fiction. The way three of the characters reveal themselves (in full public view) seems especially innovative. The second tale opens with a large panel (a variant of the cover), announcing the threat of the Mole Man. The sheer variety of Kirby's creature designs add greater scale and interest to many of the scenes. Other monster-themed comics precede this issue, yet Kirby seems to take extra care with the renditions. Like much of his work from the 1960s, the visuals tell the stories with succinct clarity. This is number 1 of 116 Fantastic Four issues with Kirby art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kirby or Fantastic Four issues. See also this blog's Jack Kirby checklist.
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Kirby cover pencils (George Klein inks) = ***
“The Fantastic Four” Kirby story pencils (George Klein inks) 13 pages = ***
“The Fantastic Four Meet the Mole Man” Kirby story pencils (George Klein inks) 12 pages = ***
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Heroic Comics #40 - mis-attributed Alex Toth art

Heroic Comics v1 #40, 1947 - No Alex Toth artwork in this issue, despite what comic book price guides say. Toth did do the interior art for 13 other issues of Heroic Comics. See today's posts or more Toth or Heroic Comics issues. See also this blog's Alex Toth checklist.
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Weird Fantasy v2 #16 - Al Williamson art

Weird Fantasy v2 #16, 1952 - As an archeological team digs up a dinosaur skeleton, they discover a human skull within its rib cage. Far from his best work, Al Williamson's artwork is merely sufficient. A few of the characters' faces are erratic, but the pages overall bear the hallmarks of his painterly style. Other artists in this issue include Jack Kamen, Joe Orlando, John Severin and Al Feldstein. This is number 3 of 8 Weird Fantasy issues with Williamson art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Williamson or Weird Fantasy issues. See also this blog's Williamson checklist.
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"Skeleton Key" Williamson story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Youthful Romances - comic series checklist






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Youthful Romances v1
Pix-Parade / Ribage
1950-52

5-7
8 - Wally Wood cover
9-18

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Youthful Romances v2
Ribage
1950-52

5-9

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Savage Sword of Conan #5 - Jeff Jones art


Savage Sword of Conan v1 #5, 1975 - Simple yet compelling, Jeff Jones' illustration of an unnamed, sword-wielding barbarian graces the inside front cover to this issue. The figure is a bit mis-proportioned, particularly the hands and arms. Still, his stark division of light and dark, as well as his streamlined composition, result in a graphically powerful image. Other artists in this issue include John Buscema and Boris Vallejo (cover). This is number 1 of 1 Savage Sword of Conan issues with Jones art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Jones or Savage Sword of Conan issues. See also this blog's Jones checklist.
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Jones inside front cover pencils and inks (black and white) = ***
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