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Jim Starlin Gallery – Captain Marvel issues

Captain Marvel v2 #25 Captain Marvel v2 #26 Captain Marvel v2 #27 Captain Marvel v2 #28 Captain Marvel v2 #29 Captain Marvel v2 #30 Captain Marvel v2 #31 Captain Marvel v2 #32 Captain Marvel v2 #33 Captain Marvel v2 #34 document.write('\x3Cscript type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://adn.ebay.com/cb?programId=1&campId= Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde / A Star Presentation #3 – Wally Wood art & cover

A Star Presentation v1 #3 / Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 1950 - Robert Louis Stevenson's novel is adapted for comics for the first time. A young Wally Wood handles the artistic chores early in his career. Though enthusiastic, the pages with often filled with crudely applied drawings. Glimpses of his talent appear in a few panels, but overall the artist struggles. On the other hand, Wood delivers a Read the rest of this entry »

Batman #356 – Don Newton art

Batman v1 #356, 1983 - Kidnapped and taken to a duplicate Wayne Manor, Bruce Wayne must fight for the right for continuing as Batman. The scenario is competently drawn by Don Newton, whose varied layouts add to a sense of unexpectedness. A battle between two "Batmans" ensues on page 17, culminating in a terrific full page splash on page 19. Dick Giordano's inks are assertive at times, but in Read the rest of this entry »

Pictorial Romances #6 – Matt Baker cover & reprint

Pictorial Romances v1 #6, 1951 - As sailors disembark from their ship, a man overhears his girlfriend pledge her love to another. This tense scene is partially offset by the cover's light, airy layout. Matt Baker's focus on the couple, classically drawn and positioned, clearly stand out. Notably, the aircraft carrier in the distance adds a greater sense of scale and depth. In addition to this Read the rest of this entry »

House of Secrets #67 – Alex Toth art

House of Secrets v1 #67, 1964 - Bruce Gordon makes another attempt at constraining his Eclipso alter ego, only this time resulting in their separation into two beings. Just like previous issues, Alex Toth's last Eclipso tale is thoughtfully drawn. The most interesting scenes occur on the volcanic island where the villainous curse originated (see interior page above). Other artists in this issue Read the rest of this entry »

Battle #69 – Jack Kirby art & cover

Battle v1 #69, 1959 - Faced with two oncoming Japanese battleships, a submarine crew goes on the attack against all odds. Layouts and pacing are meticulously planned by Jack Kirby. His panel drawings vary without sacrificing the storytelling. Dick Ayers' inking opts for a minimum of shadows, making the scenes inside the submarine unusually bright and airy. Kirby's pencils are streamlined and Read the rest of this entry »

Strange Adventures #228 – Neal Adams cover

Strange Adventures v1 #228, 1971 - Perhaps due to the large amount of text, Neal Adams' cover seems boxed in. His simplistic rendition of the Earth lacks dimension as well in this disappointing effort. Other artists in this issue include Sid Greene, Bernard Sachs, Joe Giella, Frank Giacoia and Murphy Anderson (all reprints). This is number 14 of 15 Strange Adventures issues with Adams art and/or Read the rest of this entry »

Magnus Robot Fighter #39 – Russ Manning reprint

Magnus Robot Fighter v1 #39, 1975 - This issue re-presents Magnus Robot Fighter #16 from earlier in the series. Reprints aside, Manning drew a total of 21 Magnus Robot Fighter issues. See today's posts or more Manning or Magnus Robot Fighter issues. See also this blog's Russ Manning checklist. - - - - - - - - - - Find on ebay: >this issue, >more Manning issues, >more Magnus Robot Fighter issues Read the rest of this entry »

Ghost Manor v2 #22 – Steve Ditko art, Don Newton art & cover

Ghost Manor v2 #22, 1975 - An executioner dotes over his electric chair, recalling many of the victims he killed over the years. After a slow start, Steve Ditko's engaging layouts and sometimes jarring artwork reflect the lead character's twisted nature. Don Newton's tale tells of a young man who inherits an old, decrepit mansion. The artist employs phenomenal texture and brushwork in nearly Read the rest of this entry »

Vampirella #50 – Jeff Jones art

Vampirella v1 #50, 1996 - Just one of three Vampirella features in this issue, "The Final Star of Morning" boasts some fine inking by Jeff Jones. Some pages are better than others, due to the artists' painterly application of shadows (pages 2,7). Bill Dubay's pencils are erratic at times, but certainly benefit from the collaboration. It's interesting to note that Jones rarely inked others (I can Read the rest of this entry »