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Kid Colt Outlaw #60 – Al Williamson art

Kid Colt Outlaw v1 #60, 1956 - The town sheriff promises to look over a dying man's no-good son. Upon hearing about the pledge, the young troublemaker proceeds to take advantage. One can barely discern Al Williamson's pencils in this brief story. Gray Morrow's inks are poorly executed, failing to add depth and definition. The page layouts are mediocre and far below Williamson's usual standards. Read the rest of this entry »

Web of Horror #1 – Jeff Jones cover sketch

This initial sketch lays the foundation for the cover of Web of Horror #1. Note how the figures are more prominent compared to the published version. See today's posts or more Jones or Web of Horror issues. See also this blog's Jeff Jones checklist or more artworks. - - - - - - - - - - Find on ebay: >more Jeff Jones original art document.write('\x3Cscript type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8 Read the rest of this entry »

Shock Suspenstories #4 – Wally Wood art & cover

Shock Suspenstories v1 #4, 1952 - Wally Wood's cover captures the moment of impact when a car strikes a pedestrian. The driver's agonized face and the woman's ghostly reflection add to this disturbing scene. Wood's coinciding story tells of a man unjustly accused of a hit-and-run. Driven by details, the artwork in many scenes is heavy and confining (see interior page above). Additional emphasis Read the rest of this entry »

Magnus Robot Fighter #32 – Russ Manning reprint

Magnus Robot Fighter v1 #32, 1972 - This issue re-presents Magnus Robot Fighter #2 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 »

Strange Tales of the Unusual #7 – Jack Kirby art

Strange Tales of the Unusual v1 #7, 1956 - Landing on Earth, an alien begin to survey the terrain and take soil samples while impervious to military weapons. Jack Kirby displays his usual inventiveness, creating a visitor with almost totemic features (see interior page above). His artwork is largely competent, pencils and inks working equally in tandem. Looking closer, I suspect this could be Read the rest of this entry »

Battle #37 – Joe Kubert art

Battle v1 #37, 1954 - In 1942, the Nazis begin using a new long range gun, capable of shelling American tanks from great distances. An elite squad of agents must gather information on it by entering enemy territory. On the opening panel, Joe Kubert silhouettes the new .88 mm guns for greater emphasis. His artwork overall is informative and detailed. His gritty style seems appropriate for both Read the rest of this entry »

Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #35 – Carl Barks art

Walt Disney's Comics and Stories v1 #35, 1943 - Visiting a dude ranch, Donald Duck and the boys ride out to the desert and consequently lose their way. Carl Barks is just beginning to shape these characters into the iconic figures they would be known for today. His drawings, while generally skillful, are mostly offset by minimal and sometimes repetitive layouts. Other characters featured in this Read the rest of this entry »

Avengers #184 – John Byrne art

Avengers v1 #184, 1979 - New York Harbor becomes the site for a showdown between the Avengers and a hostile Absorbing Man. John Byrne's artwork is marginally better than previous issues. Interestingly, the inking was a team effort credited to "D. Hands" (for diverse hands). While no names are mentioned, closer examination reveals the work of Dan Green, Brett Breeding, Al Milgrom, Klaus Janson Read the rest of this entry »

Daredevil #11 – Wally Wood art & cover

Daredevil v1 #11, 1965 - In a final confrontation with the Apeman, Birdman and Frogman, Daredevil is on the cusp of unmasking their leader, the Organizer. In his last story for the series, Wally Wood inks over Bob Powell's pencils. His line and brushwork is confidently applied, especially the action scenes (see interior page above). A high point is the opening splash, depicting the Birdman Read the rest of this entry »

Somerset Holmes #5 – Al Williamson art

Somerset Holmes v1 #5, 1984 - Deep beneath the Amazon jungle, Cliff Hanger stumbles upon an elaborate tunnel built by the Nazis. Al Williamson's latest installment is as well drawn as his previous issues. He illustrates cavernous mines, flash floods and scantily clad women with equal skill and attention. The most gripping scenes occur on pages 7-8, as the hero fights for his life atop a Read the rest of this entry »