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Wonder Comics v2 #20 - Frank Frazetta art

Wonder Comics v2 #20 Wonder Comics v2 #20, 1948 - The Silver Knight must conquer the Barghest, a panther-like creature, before it ravages the countryside. There seems to be a dispute whether Frank Frazetta's inked part or all of this medieval-era tale. Some panels show greater effort than others, with varying degrees of success. His style appears in most of the character faces, but most [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, Unknown, Frank Frazetta, Wonder Comics


Gorgo #13 - Steve Ditko art & cover

Steve Ditko Gorgo v1 #13, 1963 - The film that exposes Gorgo to the world consequently leads to his capture. Steve Ditko's first few pages are minimal, bordering on monotonous. As the action increases, however, panels become more detailed and complete. The interaction between human characters is frankly more interesting, with faces full of expression and individuality. Once again, the Ditko [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, Unknown, Steve Ditko, Ditko, Gorgo, Steve Ditko Gorgo


Iron Fist #5 - John Byrne art

Iron Fist #5 Iron Fist v1 #5, 1976 - Searching for Colleen Wing in London, Iron Fist must contend with a master swordsman calling himself Scimitar. John Byrne employs small, sequential panels to showcase the hero's martial arts moves. Though a bit overdone, it seems more appropriate than other Marvel super-hero titles. The story's highlight is the opening splash (see interior page below), [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, Marvel, Superhero, Unknown, 1970s, Byrne, John Byrne, Colleen Wing in London Iron Fist, Scimitar John Byrne


Battle #68 - Jack Kirby cover, Kirby / Steve Ditko art, Kirby / Al Williamson art

Jack Kirby Battle v1 #68, 1960 - Two Jack Kirby tales occupy this issue, each finished by a different inker. In the first, an American pilot grows bored with reconnaissance missions, until he encounters the enemy. Al Williamson's inks add little enhancement, with the exception of the more heavily detailed splash page. Kirby's second story deals with a young soldier's first run-in with an enemy [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, War, Atlas, 1950s, Jack Kirby, 13, Unknown, Williamson, Kirby, Ditko, Al Williamson, Kirby Steve Ditko, Kirby Al Williamson


Mystery In Space #7 - Alex Toth art

Mystery In Space #7 Mystery In Space v1 #7, 1951 - Unlike his work for Dell, Alex Toth's DC issues during the 1950s were almost always inked by someone else. Consequently, the artist's spontaneous lines were often dampened or reworked. This tale, featuring a science fiction writer at the Venusian Olympics, stumbles due to uninspired layouts and mediocre drawings. This story was later [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, Unknown, Alex Toth, Dell Alex Toth


Star Trek v3 #25 - Jim Starlin cover

Jim Starlin Star Trek v3 #25, 1986 - The four figures on this Jim Starlin cover dominate the layout, but contradict the worm's eye perspective of the background. Kirk's face also seems belabored and stylistically different from that of his female companion. Competently rendered, this Starlin effort suffers mostly from inconsistent and overcrowded elements. Other artists in this copper age [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, Unknown, Kirk, Jim Starlin


Tales of the Mysterious Traveler #10 - Steve Ditko art & cover

Steve Ditko Tales of the Mysterious Traveler v1 #10, 1958 - Steve Ditko's efforts revolve around the theme of mythology, telling the tales of the Flying Dutchman, the pipes of Pan, and the tale of the scuptor king Pygmalion. Each is superbly drawn and entertaining. Of the three, "Little Boy Blue" incorporates the series host into the story more imposingly, resulting in more creatively varied [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, Horror, 1950s, Unknown, Charlton, Steve Ditko, Ditko, Little Boy Blue


X-men #126 - John Byrne art

X-men #126 X-Men v1 #126, 1979 - Mutant X escapes his specialized cell, leaving a wake of mummified bodies for the X-men to follow. Once cornered, the mutant bends reality to his will, allowing John Byrne to draw several creatively nightmarish scenes. The figures of Wolverine and Nightcrawler twist and turn almost beyond recognition (pages 26-27). These distortions, while seemingly optical in [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, Unknown, John Byrne


Marvel Premiere #14 - Frank Brunner art & cover

Frank Brunner Marvel Premiere v1 #14 featuring Doctor Strange, 1974 - In this biblically-themed tale, a powerful being named Sise-neg traverses human history with Dr. Strange and Baron Mordo at his side. Frank Brunner's artwork is wonderfully imaginative, and includes two splashes and a bold double-page spread. Dick Giordano's linework is occasionally a tad harsh, but maintains the integrity [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, Marvel, Dr Strange, Superhero, Unknown, 1970s, Brunner, Sise, Frank Brunner, Dick Giordano, Baron Mordo


Strange Adventures #208 - Neal Adams art & cover

Neal Adams Strange Adventures v1 #208 featuring Deadman, 1968 - Remembering his conflict with another costumed aerialist, Deadman investigates whether the Eagle is responsible for his murder. Neal Adams' drawings continue to impress with their tensile figures and skillful foreshortening. The fight that begins on the high wire culminates in a victorious Deadman arm-twisting his foe into [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, Unknown, Deadman, Neal Adams


Kamandi #3 - Jack Kirby art & cover

Jack Kirby Kamandi v1 #3, 1973 - After the Great Disaster, Las Vegas becomes a thriving gorilla city. Kamandi must not only avoid its strongest inhabitant, but an electrified creature brought to Earth by one of the Apollo missions. Jack Kirby's merely adequate cover gives way to no less than two double page spreads. The most memorable scene displays a simian city, bustling with apes swinging [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Science Fiction, Comics, Earth, Dc, Jack Kirby, Unknown, 1970s, Kirby, Kamandi, Jack Kirby Kamandi, Great Disaster Las Vegas


Werewolf by Night #3 - Mike Ploog art & cover

Mike Ploog Werewolf by Night v1 #3, 1973 - A 12th century monk is resurrected in the body of a local priest, seeking full control of Jack Russell's Werewolf counterpart. Mike Ploog's artwork is more grisly than usual, but perfectly suited to the story. Textures abound in many panels, much of it maintained by inker Frank Chiaramonte. Ploog's terrific cover captures the sudden appearance of an [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, Horror, Marvel, Unknown, 1970s, Jack Russell, Mike Ploog, Ploog, Mike Ploog Werewolf, Frank Chiaramonte Ploog


Out of This World v2 #12 - Steve Ditko art & cover

Steve Ditko Out of This World v2 #12, 1959 - In two separate tales, a scientist increases the intelligence of a mutated ant and a jungle explorer returns with a spooky tribal doll. Steve Ditko draws both with an eye toward page design and careful pacing. His renditions could have benefited from greater sharpness and clarity, much like his compelling cover. I only wish the contest promo blurb [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Science Fiction, Comics, 1950s, Unknown, Charlton, Steve Ditko, Ditko


Weird War Tales #11 - non-attributed Alex Nino art

Weird War Tales #11 Weird War Tales v1 #11, 1973 - A Nazi scientist and general escapes execution by transporting himself into the distant future. Alex Nino delivers an unusual story spanning a hundred years. Several panels appear overly crowded, especially on the first page. This may be attributed to too few pages to tell the story properly. The scientist's face on several panels looks [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, Horror, War, Dc, Unknown, 1970s, Niño, Alex Nino, Non-attributions


Infinity Inc. #11 - non-attributed Don Newton art

Infinity Inc. #11 Infinity Inc. v1 #11, 1984 - Stories that included lengthy flashback scenes were often an opportunity to use multiple artists, as is the case in this issue. George Tuska illustrates the bulk of the book while Don Newton does the introductory and closing pages (specifically pages 1,2,3,23 and 24). Newton's first effort on this Justice Society spin-off is mostly a forgettable [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, Dc, Superhero, Newton, Unknown, 1980s, Don Newton, Justice Society, George Tuska, Infinity Inc, Non-attributions


Power Man and Iron Fist #76 - Frank Miller art

Power Man and Iron Fist #76 Power Man (and Iron Fist) v1 #76, 1981 - Breaking from the norm, Power Man and Iron Fist appear in their own solo stories this issue. On the latter, Frank Miller makes a sparse contribution of only two pages. While some of his figure drawings are interesting, his style is sadly buried under Richard Villamonte's heavy inks. Other artists in this copper age comic [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, Marvel, Superhero, Unknown, Miller, 1980s, Frank Miller, Richard Villamonte


Brave and the Bold #84 - Neal Adams art & cover, non-attributed Joe Kubert art

Neal Adams Brave and the Bold v1 #84, 1969 - Told in flashback, the Batman recalls being in London during World War Two and his first encounter with Sgt. Rock. Neal Adams' pieta-inspired cover is clearly designed for shock value. His interior pages are better, although the sequencing on the first few pages could be clearer. Overall, his pencils and inks are exquisite. Throughout the story, [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, London, Batman, Dc, Superhero, Unknown, 1960s, Adams, Kubert, Neal Adams, Joe Kubert, Brave and the Bold, Neal Adams Brave, Non-attributions


Magnus Robot Fighter #20 - Russ Manning art

Magnus Robot Fighter #20 Magnus Robot Fighter v1 #20, 1968 - At the request of Prince Shandor, Magnus travels to the Himalayas, where a tyrannical robot grows in size and influence over the Tibetan people. Russ Manning revels in drawing this exotic and remote locale, juxtaposing mountainous peaks and caverns with complex machinery. Several large panels suggest an enormity of scale, especially [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Science Fiction, Comics, Himalayas, Unknown, 1960s, Manning, Russ Manning, Magnus Robot Fighter, Gold Key, Shandor Magnus


Witching Hour #15 - Wally Wood art

Witching Hour v1 #15, 1971 - An unpredictable brute becomes a killer under the care of the institutional psychiatrist. Most of the scenes are darkly lit, showcasing Wally Wood's mastery of shadow and highlights (see interior page below). His meticulous detail is vaguely reminiscent of his EC tales of the 1950s. The artwork is ominous and disturbing, appropriately setting the tone for the ending [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, Horror, Dc, EC, Wood, Unknown, 1970s, Wally Wood


Two-Gun Kid #25 - Al Williamson art

Two-Gun Kid #25 Two-Gun Kid v1 #25, 1955 - After being out of town, a man returns to his ranch facing outnumbered odds. While confined to mostly small panels, Al Williamson illustrates one of his best westerns of the period. Most of the scenes are accentuated by bold lighting and thoughtful inking. The opening panel of the fleeing rancher is highly detailed, with fine brushwork enhancing the [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, Western, Atlas, 1950s, Unknown, Williamson, Al Williamson


Warlock #15 - Jim Starlin art & cover

Jim Starlin Warlock v1 #15, 1976 - His own galaxy denied to him, Warlock finds a remote planet to confront the vampiric soul gem on his head. Jim Starlin's cover displays a montage of characters within the issue. The thickly drawn lines and poor reproduction obscure many of the finer details, diminishing its impact. By contrast, the story art is beautifully rendered, from the opening splash to [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, Marvel, Superhero, Unknown, 1970s, Warlock, Jim Starlin, Starlin, Jim Starlin Warlock


Hot Wheels #4 - Alex Toth art

Hot Wheels #4 Hot Wheels v1 #4, 1970 - Tank's grandfather will lose his life, unless he and Jack Wheeler can drive through a massive thunderstorm to get him an antidote. Alex Toth both pencils and inks the first of two issues, using his storytelling skills to their fullest. His opening pages hint at the oncoming storm, cleverly using a time-stamped clock between panels. Most spectacular are [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, Adventure, Dc, Unknown, 1960s, Toth, Alex Toth, Jack Wheeler


Werewolf by Night #3 - Mike Ploog art & cover

Mike Ploog Werewolf by Night v1 #3, 1973 - A 12th century monk is resurrected in the body of a local priest, seeking full control of Jack Russell's Werewolf counterpart. Mike Ploog's artwork is more grisly than usual, but perfectly suited to the story. Textures abound in many panels, much of it maintained by inker Frank Chiaramonte. Ploog's terrific cover captures the sudden appearance of an [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, Unknown, Jack Russell, Mike Ploog, Mike Ploog Werewolf, Frank Chiaramonte Ploog


Out of This World v2 #12 - Steve Ditko art & cover

Steve Ditko Out of This World v2 #12, 1959 - In two separate tales, a scientist increases the intelligence of a mutated ant and a jungle explorer returns with a spooky tribal doll. Steve Ditko draws both with an eye toward page design and careful pacing. His renditions could have benefited from greater sharpness and clarity, much like his compelling cover. I only wish the contest promo blurb [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, Unknown, Steve Ditko


Power Man and Iron Fist #76 - Frank Miller art

Power Man and Iron Fist #76 Power Man (and Iron Fist) v1 #76, 1981 - Breaking from the norm, Power Man and Iron Fist appear in their own solo stories this issue. On the latter, Frank Miller makes a sparse contribution of only two pages. While some of his figure drawings are interesting, his style is sadly buried under Richard Villamonte's heavy inks. Other artists in this copper age comic [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, Unknown, Frank Miller, Richard Villamonte


Brave and the Bold #84 - Neal Adams art & cover, non-attributed Joe Kubert art

Neal Adams Brave and the Bold v1 #84, 1969 - Told in flashback, the Batman recalls being in London during World War Two and his first encounter with Sgt. Rock. Neal Adams' pieta-inspired cover is clearly designed for shock value. His interior pages are better, although the sequencing on the first few pages could be clearer. Overall, his pencils and inks are exquisite. Throughout the story, [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, London, Batman, Unknown, Neal Adams, Joe Kubert, Neal Adams Brave


Magnus Robot Fighter #20 - Russ Manning art

Magnus Robot Fighter #20 Magnus Robot Fighter v1 #20, 1968 - At the request of Prince Shandor, Magnus travels to the Himalayas, where a tyrannical robot grows in size and influence over the Tibetan people. Russ Manning revels in drawing this exotic and remote locale, juxtaposing mountainous peaks and caverns with complex machinery. Several large panels suggest an enormity of scale, especially [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, Himalayas, Unknown, Russ Manning, Magnus Robot Fighter, Shandor Magnus


Witching Hour #15 - Wally Wood art

Witching Hour v1 #15, 1971 - An unpredictable brute becomes a killer under the care of the institutional psychiatrist. Most of the scenes are darkly lit, showcasing Wally Wood's mastery of shadow and highlights (see interior page below). His meticulous detail is vaguely reminiscent of his EC tales of the 1950s. The artwork is ominous and disturbing, appropriately setting the tone for the ending [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, Horror, Dc, EC, Wood, Unknown, 1970s, Wally Wood


Two-Gun Kid #25 - Al Williamson art

Two-Gun Kid #25 Two-Gun Kid v1 #25, 1955 - After being out of town, a man returns to his ranch facing outnumbered odds. While confined to mostly small panels, Al Williamson illustrates one of his best westerns of the period. Most of the scenes are accentuated by bold lighting and thoughtful inking. The opening panel of the fleeing rancher is highly detailed, with fine brushwork enhancing the [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, Unknown, Al Williamson


Warlock #15 - Jim Starlin art & cover

Jim Starlin Warlock v1 #15, 1976 - His own galaxy denied to him, Warlock finds a remote planet to confront the vampiric soul gem on his head. Jim Starlin's cover displays a montage of characters within the issue. The thickly drawn lines and poor reproduction obscure many of the finer details, diminishing its impact. By contrast, the story art is beautifully rendered, from the opening splash to [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, Unknown, Warlock, Jim Starlin, Jim Starlin Warlock



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