Friday, May 22, 2015

Journey into Mystery #83 - Jack Kirby art & cover, Steve Ditko art (1st Thor)


Journey into Mystery v1 #83, 1962 Jack Kirby illustrates the origin and first appearance of Thor. As aliens prepare for an invasion of Earth, Dr. Don Blake finds an ancient wooden stick in a Norwegian cave. Striking it against a rock, he suddenly transforms into the god of thunder with hammer in hand. While Kirby's cover seems more static than usual, his interiors meet expectations. The transformation (page 5) and the demonstration of the hammer's powers (page 8) are drawn succinctly and memorably. Kirby also opens with a dynamic splash page, introducing the hero for the first time. Steve Ditko's tale involves a lion who survives a nuclear blast, only to gain enhanced intelligence. Simply and crudely drawn, the artwork shows little effort or enthusiasm. Other artists in this issue include Don Heck. This is number 34 of 95 Journey into Mystery issues with Kirby art and/or covers and 36 of 49 Journey into Mystery issues with Ditko art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kirby, Ditko or Journey Into Mystery issues. See also this blog's Ditko checklist or Kirby checklist.
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Kirby cover pencils (Joe Sinnott inks) = **
"The Stone Men from Saturn" Kirby story pencils (Joe Sinnott inks) 13 pages = ***
"When the Jungle Sleeps" Ditko story pencils and inks 5 pages = **
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Donald Duck #246 - Carl Barks reprint & cover reprint

Donald Duck v1 #246, 1986 - A reprint of "The Gilded Man" from Four Color Comics v2 #422 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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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Jim Steranko Gallery - Nick Fury issues

Nick Fury Agent of Shield v1 #1 1960s marvel comic book cover art by Jim Steranko
Nick Fury #1
Nick Fury Agent of Shield v1 #2 1960s marvel comic book cover art by Jim Steranko
Nick Fury #2
Nick Fury Agent of Shield v1 #3 1960s marvel comic book cover art by Jim Steranko
Nick Fury #3
Nick Fury Agent of Shield v1 #4 1960s marvel comic book cover art by Jim Steranko
Nick Fury #4
Nick Fury Agent of Shield v1 #5 1960s marvel comic book cover art by Jim Steranko
Nick Fury #5
Nick Fury Agent of Shield v1 #6 1960s marvel comic book cover art by Jim Steranko
Nick Fury #6
Nick Fury Agent of Shield v1 #7 1960s marvel comic book cover art by Jim Steranko
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Action Comics #406 - Alex Toth reprint

Action Comics v1 #406, 1971 - This 48-page issue boasts an Alex Toth reprint from Brave and the Bold #53. Oddly enough, it only includes the first half of the story and continues into next issue. Other artists in this issue include Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson. See today's posts or more Toth or Action Comics issues. See also this blog's Toth checklist.
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Savage Sword of Conan #56 - Nestor Redondo cover

Savage Sword of Conan v1 #56, 1980 - Confronted by a vision, Conan reels while instinctively drawing his weapon. The imagined Sword of Skelos leads the reader's eye from the masthead to the central character in one fell swoop. The background's cool color palette helps separate dream from reality. This is number 7 of 10 Savage Sword of Conan issues with Redondo art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Redondo or Savage Sword of Conan issues. See also this blog's Redondo checklist or Top 10 Redondo comics.
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Redondo cover painting = ***
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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Marvel Team Up #129 - John Byrne cover

Marvel Team-Up v1 #129, 1983 - Pairing Spider-man's face with the Vision's figure makes for an interesting layout. The drawing itself, however, looks far too amateurish. In addition, John Byrne's inks are minimal, hurried and add little value to the cover. Other artists in this issue include Kerry Gammill and Mike Esposito. This is number 21 of 22 Marvel Team-Up issues with Byrne art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Byrne or Marvel Team-Up issues. See also this blog's Byrne checklist.
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Byrne cover inks (Ed Hannigan pencils) = *
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