Tuesday, February 9, 2016

My Love v2 #10 - Al Williamson, Jack Kirby, Matt Baker reprints

My Love v2 #10, 1971 - Rarely acknowledged, there is some excellent artwork in Marvel's early bronze age romance comics. John Buscema makes a worthy contribution here. This particular issue also contains reprints of work by Matt Baker (My Own Romance #71), Al Williamson (My Own Romance #71) and Jack Kirby (Teen-Age Romance #86). Other artists in this issue include John Verpoorten and Vince Colletta. See today's posts or more Baker, Williamson, Kirby or My Love issues. See also this blog's Williamson checklistBaker checklist or Kirby checklist.
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Monday, February 8, 2016

Justice League of America #179 - Jim Starlin cover

Justice League of America v1 #179, 1980 - Firestorm gains membership into the prestigious JLA. Credit Jim Starlin for deftly fitting in multiple characters on the cover. Each is conscientiously placed while maintaining hierarchy. The white background nicely adds clarity as well. Other artists in this issue include Dick Dillin and Frank McLaughlin. This is number 2 of 4 Justice League of America issues with Starlin art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Starlin or Justice League of America issues. See also this blog's Starlin checklist or Top 10 Starlin comics.
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Starlin cover pencils and inks = ***
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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Batman #229 - Neal Adams cover

Batman v1 #229, 1971 - Fear grips the Batman's face as he becomes trapped trapped in an insane asylum. An Igor-like character creeps along in the background, along with suggestively evil shadows. Neal Adams' cover conveys a mood not dissimilar to his many DC horror covers (drawn around the same time period). Dick Giordano does his usually capable job with the inks. See today's posts or more Adams or Batman issues.
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Adams cover pencils (Dick Giordano inks) = ***
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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Marvel Comics Presents #77 - Barry Windsor Smith art & cover


Marvel Comics Presents v1 #77, 1991 - Now referred to as Weapon X, Wolverine and his new abilities are field tested in the remote Canadian wilderness. Exceptionally drawn and composed, the new outdoor setting is a welcome change. Barry Smith captures the stark white openness with great skill. Both his serene cover and the savage interior scenes meet high expectations. This is number 6 of 13 Marvel Comics Presents issues with Smith art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Smith or Marvel Comics Presents issues. See also this blog's Smith checklist or Top 10 Smith comics.
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Smith cover pencils and inks = ****
"Weapon X: Chapter 5" Smith story pencils and inks 8 pages = *****
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Friday, February 5, 2016

Best of Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge #2 - Carl Barks cover reprint and reprints

Best of Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge v1 #2, 1967 - With a larger page count than normal, this edition features Carl Barks at his best. The reprints include stories from Four Color Comics v2 #256 ("Luck of the North"), Uncle Scrooge #7 ("The Seven Cities of Cibola") and Uncle Scrooge #8. See today's posts or more Barks or Best of Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge issues. See also this blog's Barks checklist.
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My Own Romance #55 - Alex Toth art


My Own Romance v1 #55, 1957 - A talented young singer moves to New York, leaving behind her boyfriend and his small nightclub. Alex Toth's only work on the series is a stunner. Layouts and panels are delicately composed for maximum effect. His inks are more dominant than usual, but don't detract from the overall aesthetic. Note the deep shadows on the boyfriend's face (see interior page above) as he receives the disappointing news. Toth's mastery of character expression and emotion are showcased in this effort. Other artists in this issue include Jay Scott Pike, Ann Brewster and Vince Colletta. This is number 1 of 1 My Own Romance issues with Toth art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Toth or My Own Romance issues. See also this blog's Alex Toth checklist.
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"Til We Meet Again" Toth story pencils and inks 5 pages = *****
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