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Don Newton Gallery – Phantom issues

Phantom v2 #67 Phantom v2 #68 Phantom v2 #69 Phantom v2 #70 Phantom v2 #71 Phantom v2 #73 Phantom v2 #74 Read the rest of this entry »

Brave and the Bold #44 – Joe Kubert art & cover

Brave and the Bold v1 #44 presents Hawkman, 1962 - Joe Kubert's last issue featuring the winged wonder contains two memorable stories. Innovative thinking foils a gang of thieves in “Earth's Impossible Day”, while strange animal-headed men try to revive an ancient city in “The Men Who Moved the World”. Kubert's skillful draftsmanship appears throughout the issue (including the cover). The former Read the rest of this entry »

Jimmy Wakely #3 – Frank Frazetta, Alex Toth art

Jimmy Wakely v1 #3, 1950 - Alex Toth contributes three tales, all of which are nearly unrecognizable in style and effort. Inkers Frank Giacoia and Sy Barry dominate the pencils, resulting in mediocre artwork overall. Frank Frazetta's back-up tale, on the other hand, is splendidly drawn. His opening panel is oddly flat, mostly due to its lack of shadows. That aside, subsequent scenes show Read the rest of this entry »

Avengers #185 – John Byrne art

Avengers v1 #185, 1979 - Traveling to eastern Europe, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch trace their origins to a mountain citadel in ruins. John Byrne's pencils are capably delineated by Dan Green, whose inks add a soft, supple dimension to each page. European scenery, clothing and architecture of an older tradition appear entirely convincing. The opening splash (along with several large panels) Read the rest of this entry »

This Magazine Is Haunted #17 – Steve Ditko art & cover

This Magazine Is Haunted v1 #17, 1954 - In a pair of gruesome tales, Steve Ditko tells of an actor's pact with the devil and a thief's run-in with bloodthirsty ghouls. Both are drawn with more enthusiasm than skill, filled with overly distorted faces. A third story, "Triple Header", features a big game hunter and his cheating wife. Though only two pages, Ditko's artwork shows more potential and Read the rest of this entry »

Mister Miracle #15 – Jack Kirby art & cover

Mister Miracle v1 #15, 1973 - Targeted by a criminal mastermind, a kid named Shilo Norman is taken to Mr. Miracle and company for protection. Crowded with figures, Jack Kirby's cover still seems oddly static. The interiors match the exuberance of previous issues, including two fine splash pages. The best scene is the double-page spread of Big Barda, poised to clench a gigantic nutcracker on the Read the rest of this entry »

Donald Duck #259 – Carl Barks reprints

Donald Duck v1 #259, 1987 - Residing in this issue are reprints of "Ring Leader Roundup" (Four Color Comics v2 #1150) and "Swami Swindle" (Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #95). Both are drawn by Carl Barks. See today's posts or more Barks or Donald Duck 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 »

Teen-age Romances #13 – Matt Baker art, cover & reprint

Teen-age Romances v1 #13, 1950 - Smothering love, an ambitious career and the wrong crowd are the themes to a trio of Matt Baker stories. Two of the three are comparable in artistic quality, filled with splendid settings and figure drawings. The first story, "I Was Too Fast For Love", is slightly better, mostly due to the roomy opening splash. A fourth tale, "I Played With Fire" is a reprint ( Read the rest of this entry »

Daredevil #7 – Wally Wood art & cover

Daredevil v1 #7, 1965 - An epic battle between Sub-mariner and Daredevil ensues, right in the middle of Manhattan. Wally Wood's fine renderings add both drama and stature to the event. From the underwater throne on the opening splash to the wanton destruction of buildings, the artist delivers a winning effort. Wood's excellent cover (with DD in his newly revised costume) has long been considered Read the rest of this entry »

Detective Comics #482 – Jim Starlin art

Detective Comics v1 #482, 1978 - Concluding a tale of gorillas and mind transference, Jim Starlin's illustrations are noticeably improved from the previous issue. Craig Russell's inks are overpowering at times, but overall the art is bolstered by greater definition and the superb two-page title spread (pages 2-3). Other artists in this issue include Michael Golden, Bob Smith, Frank Chiaramonte, Read the rest of this entry »