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House of Secrets #106 – Bernie Wrightson cover, Alex Nino art

House of Secrets v1 #106, 1973 - The rescue of a lost seaman prompts a journalist to search for his claim of a vampire-infested island. Alex Nino does a splendid panel of a raging storm at sea (see interior page above). From there, his artwork somewhat deteriorates due to overly distorted faces. By contrast, Bernie Wrightson's cover is as breathtakingly beautiful as it is horrific. Spindly Read the rest of this entry »

Chamber of Chills #4 – Frank Brunner page sketch

This terrific sketch would evolve into the opening splash for Chamber of Chills #4. Frank Brunner would most adhere to the same design. See today's posts or more Brunner or Chamber of Chills issues. See also this blog's Brunner checklist, Top 10 Brunner issues or more artworks. - - - - - - - - - - Find on ebay: >more Frank Brunner original art document.write('\x3Cscript type="text/javascript" Read the rest of this entry »

Unusual Tales #19 – non-attributed Matt Baker art & cover

Unusual Tales v1 #19, 1959 - Suffering from depression, a commercial artist creates an ink blot that suddenly obliterates everything in its path. This odd (non-attributed) Matt Baker tale seems hurriedly drawn and executed. Vince Colletta's inks hamper it further with its minimal application. Baker's large opening panel reveals a tad more effort, but not enough to compensate for the entire story Read the rest of this entry »

Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #33 – Carl Barks art

Walt Disney's Comics and Stories v1 #33, 1943 - Hired as a lifegaurd, Donald Duck tries heroics to impress a babe at the beach. Nephews Huey, Louie and Dewey stand ready to assist him. Small insets and variations in panel sizes give this ten-pager a distinct quality. Carl Barks' drawings are minimal, yet tell the story with clarity and purpose. His fine linework can be seen in the ocean waves Read the rest of this entry »

Ghost Manor – comic series checklist

- - - - - - - - - - Ghost Manor v2 Charlton 1971-84 23 - Don Newton art (more to come) - - - - - - - - - - See today's posts, more series checklists or the master list of series. See also this blog's artist checklists, top 10 lists or readers polls. Read the rest of this entry »

Batman #217 – Neal Adams cover

Batman v1 #217, 1969 - Like many DC covers of the late 1960s, this one employs a shocking, if unlikely, scenario. Batman turns his back on the Batcave, seemingly forever, leaving his tearful butler Alfred to seal up the contents. The readers' view from above adds perspective to an artfully composed layout. Neal Adams' fine effort is one of many during his tenure as the series' cover artist. See  Read the rest of this entry »

Weird Science #13 – Wally Wood art

Weird Science v1 #13, 1950 - Arriving on Earth in a meteorite, an alien insectoid controls the minds of an an entire town. Harry Harrison's pencils are crudely drawn with only marginal improvement from the inks of a young Wally Wood. The pacing and layouts are equally bad, far below the standards of the peers. Other artists in this issue include Jack Kamen, Harvey Kurtzman and Al Feldstein. This Read the rest of this entry »

X-Men #10 – Jack Kirby art & cover (1st silver age Ka-Zar)

X-Men v1 #10, 1965 - An incident leads the X-men to Antarctica, where they discover the lost world of the Savage Land and its primitive inhabitants. The silver age Ka-zar makes his debut along with his saber-tooth tiger Zabu. Jack Kirby splendidly transitions the settings from frozen tundra to tropical jungle. The artist also nicely contrasts the modern day super-heroes against dinosaurs and Read the rest of this entry »

Authentic Police Cases #16 – Matt Baker art & cover

Authentic Police Cases v1 #16, 1951 - Building fraud leads to two brutal murders in this issue's Matt Baker story. The pages are generally well drawn, although the inking appears to be by another artist. This issue also marks the first multi-panel cover on the series. While a little more crowded than usual, Baker's style is clearly recognizable. Other artists in this issue include Enrico Bagnoli Read the rest of this entry »

Detective Comics #469 – Walt Simonson art

Detective Comics v1 #469, 1977 - Fifty people succumb to a mysterious illness, brought upon by the vengeful Dr. Phosphorus. Walt Simonson's pencils lose their luster mostly due to Al Milgrom's sloppy inking. Figures and especially faces are poorly defined. Unfortunately, Simonson's efforts or recognizable only in the page layouts. Note that this issue marks Dr. Phosphorus' origin and first Read the rest of this entry »