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Avengers #11 – Jack Kirby cover

Avengers v1 #11, 1965 - Spider-man makes his first guest appearance on the series, earning him prominence on the cover. While the background web is a little too geometric for my taste, Jack Kirby's artwork overall accomplishes its task. All the Avengers are represented and placed within a cohesive design. Other artists in this issue include Don Heck and Chic Stone. This is number 11 of 38 Read the rest of this entry »

Doctor Strange #5 – original Frank Brunner page

Doc loses his head on this original Frank Brunner page. The artwork would eventually see print in Doctor Strange #5. See today's posts or more Brunner or Doctor Strange 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" charset="utf-8" src=" Read the rest of this entry »

Tarzan #202 – Russ Manning reprint

Tarzan v1 #202, 1971 - This issue features a Russ Manning reprint from Tarzan #154. Note that Manning provided artwork for a total of 132 issues of Tarzan. Other artists in this issue include George Wilson and Mike Royer. See today's posts or more Manning or Tarzan issues. See also this blog's Russ Manning checklist. - - - - - - - - - - Find on ebay: >this issue, >more Manning issues, >more Read the rest of this entry »

Batman: The Dark Knight #3 – Frank Miller art & cover

Batman: The Dark Knight v1 #3, 1986 - While Superman tries to intervene on Batman's behalf, the Joker goes on a killing rampage. Carrie Kelly continues to earn her wings as the new Robin. While conceptually interesting, Frank Miller's cover still seems too minimal for my tastes. By comparison, his interiors are absolutely masterful. Each page is delicately paced and designed, upstaging the Read the rest of this entry »

Donald Duck Adventures #14 – Carl Barks reprint

Donald Duck Adventures v1 #14, 1990 - A reprint of "Donald Duck and The Mummy's Ring" from Four Color Comics v2 #29 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 »

Pictorial Romances #11 – Matt Baker art, cover & reprints, Joe Kubert reprint

Pictorial Romances v1 #11, 1952 - As conveyed on Matt Baker's splendid cover, a young wife leaves her husband's farm for the excitement of city life. Although heavy with dialogue, the story's artwork is polished and purposeful. Flourishes abound on narrative text boxes, adding variety to the overall layouts. Baker's skill stands out more so compared to his other two stories, drawn earlier in his Read the rest of this entry »

House of Secrets #91 – Wally Wood art, Neal Adams cover

House of Secrets v1 #91, 1971 - A brutal South American dictator quashes a rebellion and orders the execution of their leader "El Aguila". Jerry Grandenetti's adequate drawings appear more polished by Wally Wood's bold inking. Deft placement of shadows and highlights suggest the oppressive mood of the story's setting. Neal Adams does even better with his interpretation of the same theme. The Read the rest of this entry »

Jimmy Wakely #6 – Frank Frazetta, Alex Toth art

Jimmy Wakely v1 #6, 1950 - In “The Million Dollar Tombstone”, a prospector enters wild Arizona during the late 1800s and changes the American west forever. Frank Frazetta splendidly details each panel, despite the short story length. The panoramic view on the first page (see interior page above) is among his best opening panels of the early 50s. Alex Toth contributes a trio of tales, all of Read the rest of this entry »

Creepy #95 – Bernie Wrightson art

Creepy magazine v1 #95, 1978 - In search of mythical intelligent apes, a big game hunter delves deep into the African jungle. This horrific tale is lushly illustrated by Bernie Wrightson. Greytones are used generously throughout, adding dimension to both the figures and the backgrounds. The artist's superb pacing builds suspense right up to the shocking conclusion. Other artists in this issue Read the rest of this entry »

Journey into Mystery #83 – Jack Kirby art & cover, Steve Ditko art (1st Thor)

Journey into Mystery v1 #83, 1962 - Jack Kirby illustrates the origin and first appearance of Thor. As aliens prepare for an invasion of Earth, Dr. Don Blake finds an ancient wooden stick in a Norwegian cave. Striking it against a rock, he suddenly transforms into the god of thunder with hammer in hand. While Kirby's cover seems more static than usual, his interiors meet expectations. The Read the rest of this entry »