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Giant-size X-men #2 – Neal Adams reprints

Giant-size X-men v1 #2, 1975 - The Sentinels trilogy from X-men #57, 58 and 59 are reprinted for the first time, all with glorious Neal Adams art. Unfortunately, a handful of pages were omitted that don't directly affect the storyline. This edition is an affordable placeholder until you can afford the originals. Other artists in this issue include Gil Kane and Klaus Janson (cover). See today's Read the rest of this entry »

The Hawk 3-D #1 – Matt Baker cover

The Hawk v1 3D #1, 1953 - One of several special issues, St. John published the interior stories in the popular 3-D method. Unfortunately, the cover leaves little room for Matt Baker's artwork. The scene is squeezed into too small a space and the details are few. Baker's other contributions to The Hawk would thankfully be more substantial. This is number 1 of 1 Hawk 3-D issues with Baker art and/ Read the rest of this entry »

Tarzan #215 – Joe Kubert art & cover

Tarzan of the Apes v1 #215, 1972 - Intervening on behalf of enslaved workers, Tarzan himself is shackled and forced to work deep in the mines. Reprinted and recomposed from 1930s newspaper strips (with artwork by Hal Foster), the story has a handful of new and modified panels. These are ably illustrated by Joe Kubert, plus three brand new pages at the beginning. The artists' styles are more Read the rest of this entry »

Creepy #87 – Bernie Wrightson art & cover

Creepy magazine v1 #87, 1977 - In this special issue, the planet Mars is the theme that permeates all the stories. The most significant of these is "A Martian Saga", told in verse and drawn by Bernie Wrightson. Each page is laid out in four equally vertical panels (see interior page above). Each panel is lushly illustrated, using textures and fine brushstrokes throughout. Like much of his Read the rest of this entry »

Daredevil #6 – Wally Wood art & cover

Daredevil v1 #6, 1965 - After recruiting two super-villains, Mr. Fear forms the self-described "Fellowship of Fear" to commit bold daylight thefts. His first confrontation with them leaves Daredevil doubting his own courage. Wally Wood's second artistic effort is marginally better than his first. Unfortunately, the panels still suffer from crowding and the layouts are too straightforward. One Read the rest of this entry »

Donald Duck Adventures #11 – Carl Barks reprint

Donald Duck Adventures v1 #11, 1989 - A reprint of "Adventure Down Under" from Four Color Comics v2 #159 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 Adventures issues. See also this blog's Carl Barks checklist. - - - - - - - - - - Find on ebay: >this issue, >more Barks issues, >more Donald Duck issues Read the rest of this entry »

Weird Thrillers #2 – Alex Toth art

Weird Thrillers v1 #2, 1951 - Alex Toth contributes to this issue with a historical mystery: what has caused the disappearance of famous men throughout the ages? Small panels and heavy dialogue throughout the story leave little room for expansive artwork. Toth's efforts are fairly conservative, made more so by Sy Barry's streamlined inking. This story was later reprinted in Nightmare v2 #10. Read the rest of this entry »

Somerset Holmes #3 – Al Williamson art

Somerset Holmes v1 #3, 1984 - Continuing the exploits of Cliff Hanger. Al Williamson draws another installment in the series. The hero looks for his female companion through a maze of abandoned mine shafts. As one might think, hidden dangers lurk behind every corner. Each of the artist's panels is vividly detailed, add realism to the underground setting. Obstacles such as jaguars and caimans Read the rest of this entry »

Savage Sword of Conan #48 – Nestor Redondo cover

Savage Sword of Conan v1 #48, 1980 - On this swirling cover, Nestor Redondo's demon oddly looks more muppet than monster. Still, the artist's penchant for fine details extend even to his full color paintings. Note how the demon's reddish-hued mouth contrasts against his green fur. This is number 2 of 10 Savage Sword of Conan issues with Redondo art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Redondo Read the rest of this entry »

Diary Secrets #13 – Matt Baker cover & reprints

Diary Secrets v1 #13, 1952 - Traveling by train, a matronly chaperone gives advice to her young high school charges. Along with her thoughts, the girl's facial expression and bared shoulders convey her defiance and intentions. Matt Baker's cover is made more resplendent due to the additional shading and modeling. The increased softness and depth only enhance the drawing's overall beauty. Four Read the rest of this entry »