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Batman #352 – Don Newton art

Batman v1 #352, 1982 - With Commissioner Gordon hospitalized, the Batman pursues the mystery of a giant zeppelin and a missing battleship. Don Newton's normally textural work is significantly watered down by inker John Calnan. Some pages and panels are unrecognizable in style. The artist's hand is most recognizable on the darkened opening splash and the dirigible's moody entrance on page 6 ( Read the rest of this entry »

Seduction of the Innocent 3-D #1 – unpublished Alex Toth art

Seduction of the Innocent 3-D v1 #1, 1985 - Perhaps seen for the first time in comics, "Gift Of Murder" is an unpublished work intended for Adventures into Darkness #15. Several sources credit Alex Toth and I tend to agree. The rest of the issue is comprised of reprints. All stories are printed in 3-D, wrapped up in a sexy new Dave Stevens cover. Other artists in this issue include George Roussos Read the rest of this entry »

Western Bandit Trails / Approved Comics #9 – Matt Baker cover & reprint

Western Bandit Trails / Approved Comics v1 #9, 1954 - This odd little series reprinted random St. John comics in their entirety (in this case Western Bandit Trails #3). A few had brand new covers, such as this fine example by Matt Baker. In a nearly rectangular path, the reader's eye is led from the heroine to the foreground gunman, up the campfire toward the second outlaw. Baker's layout is Read the rest of this entry »

Western Roundup #23 – Russ Manning art

Western Roundup v1 #23, 1958 - An old prospector tries to secure a loan, just as a gang of thieves hold up the bank. Both he and his friend Dale Evans track them down to an abandoned mining town. Russ Manning's last issue on the series reveals a crisp, confident line throughout the story. His layouts are especially good, highlighted by the wide panoramic panels that occur on nearly every page. Read the rest of this entry »

G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #84 – Marshall Rogers art

G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero v1 #84, 1989 - Much of the story is told in flashback, revealing some background information on the characters Billy and Snake-Eyes. Marshall Rogers handles the pencilling chores once again. Certain panels are reminiscent of earlier works, such as the bar scenes on pages 13-15. In general though, his illustrations are frankly mediocre, particularly the first few Read the rest of this entry »

Unusual Tales #14 – Steve Ditko art

Unusual Tales v1 #14, 1958 - While digging on his land, a local farmer unearths a petrified giant figure. Astonished, he calls in scientists from the state university. Some panels are more detailed than others, but overall Steve Ditko delivers a largely competent effort. The page layouts are well planned and adequately paced. The drawings themselves are distinctive, especially the characters' Read the rest of this entry »

Savage Sword of Conan #49 – Nestor Redondo cover

Savage Sword of Conan v1 #49, 1980 - Muscular and weighty, this Nestor Redondo cover may have been inspired by Théodore Géricault's The Charging Chasseur. The layout is complex but generally orderly. Oddly enough, the horse does his part in fending off attackers. This is number 3 of 10 Savage Sword of Conan issues with Redondo art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Redondo or Savage Sword Read the rest of this entry »

House of Secrets #66 – Alex Toth art

House of Secrets v1 #66, 1963 - Barraged by ultra-violet rays, Eclipso takes a heroic turn and vanquishes a worm-like threat from outer space. Alex Toth renders the tale admirably, using fine strokes to increase the sense of movement and spontaneity. This is most evident on the opening splash, vastly improving the same scene depicted on the cover. Other artists in this issue include Mort Meskin Read the rest of this entry »

Thunder Agents #13 – Wally Wood cover sketch

Using a radial layout, this original Wally Wood sketch certainly draws you in. This would form the basis for the final cover of Thunder Agents #13. See today's posts or more Wood or Thunder Agents issues. See also this blog's Wood checklist or more artworks. - - - - - - - - - - Find on ebay: >more Wally Wood original art document.write('\x3Cscript type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src=" Read the rest of this entry »

Pictorial Romances #20 – Matt Baker art & cover

Pictorial Romances v1 #20, 1953 - Filled with both new and reprinted material, this 100 page giant contains a prime Matt Baker story. A teenage girl is sent to her aunt's boarding house, where she's groomed to be an "escort" for male customers. In typical fashion, the artist's women are beautifully drawn and naturalistic. The pacing, sequencing and layouts also reveal a highly skillful Read the rest of this entry »