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House of Mystery #213 – Bernie Wrightson cover sketch

Illuminating cover sketch by Bernie Wrightson, eventually resulting in the final version for House of Mystery #213. See today's posts or more Wrightson or House of Mystery issues. See also this blog's Wrightson checklist, Top 10 Wrightson comics or more artworks. - - - - - - - - - - Find on ebay: >more Bernie Wrightson original art document.write('\x3Cscript type="text/javascript" charset=" Read the rest of this entry »

Avengers #186 – John Byrne art & cover

Avengers v1 #186, 1979 - The origin of the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver continue in this second installment. Modred the Mystic captures Wanda, preparing her body for a demon's possession. The eastern European locale is faithfully rendered by John Byrne, providing a setting for magic and revelations. The artwork dazzles, aided by Dan Green's sensitive inks. The issue ends with an impressive Read the rest of this entry »

Two-Fisted Tales #34 – Wally Wood art

Two-Fisted Tales v1 #34, 1953 - While residing in the Duke's castle, Sir Clyde Du Marchand stands accused of murder. Only a fight to the death against the duchy's best knight will prove his innocence. Wally Wood regales his readers with outstanding drawings. The opening banquet scenes are well-crafted and appropriately opulent. The decisive battle that follows is depicted in same-sized, Read the rest of this entry »

Amazing Spider-man #10 – Steve Ditko art & cover

Amazing Spider-man v1 #10, 1964 - A criminal mastermind known as the Big Man proceeds to take over every gang in town, aided by his team of enforcers. Steve Ditko begins with an appealing splash page, showcasing the same cast of villains on the cover (and doing it better). Numerous panels fill almost every one of his story pages, yet his drawings maintain interest and excitement. Ditko portrays Read the rest of this entry »

Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #38 – Carl Barks art

Walt Disney's Comics and Stories v1 #38, 1943 - After years of warring against each other, Donald Duck and his neighbor Mr. Jones patch things up. Or do they? All the mischief is faithfully rendered by Carl Barks, who seems to revel in the conniving plans. The artist's figures become more expressive with each issue (see interior page above). Other characters featured in this issue include Mickey Read the rest of this entry »

Creepy #73 – Bernie Wrightson art

Creepy magazine v1 #73, 1975 - Reflecting the issue's science fiction theme, Bernie Wrightson places Uncle Creepy on a desolate planet. There's exceptional linework throughout, particularly on the (American?) striped flag and the rocky terrain. The two different textures nicely contrast the pinpointed stars in the distance. Unlike some other Wrightson splashes, this one isn't printed on the Read the rest of this entry »

Kid Colt Outlaw #88 – Al Williamson art, Jack Kirby cover

Kid Colt Outlaw v1 #88, 1960 - After stealing a thousand dollars worth of bonds, a thief runs out on his partner. Subsequently, a posse catches up and corners him on a rocky hill. The initial scenes employ a thick heavy line, but subsequent pages are more varied. Al Williamson’s inking is a little imprecise, but his pencils meet expectations. His best effort occurs on page 3, as the posse finds Read the rest of this entry »

Magnus Robot Fighter #42 – Russ Manning reprint

Magnus Robot Fighter v1 #42, 1976 - This issue re-presents Magnus Robot Fighter #19 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 »

Diary Secrets #20 – Matt Baker cover, Joe Kubert reprints

Diary Secrets v1 #20, 1953 - While a pretty coed weeps at her desk, her diary entry reveals her boyfriend's reaction to an unwanted pregnancy. Matt Baker captures her agonized state with great sensitivity. His softened brushwork resides within a carefully planned layout. Note how the artist creates a visual path, from pennant to girl's face, down her right arm and back across, pointing to both Read the rest of this entry »

Adventure Comics #460 – Don Newton art

Adventure Comics v1 #460, 1978 - Continuing the saga of the New Gods, Darkseid tries to be the first to pierce the fabled Final Barrier in space. In a separate feature, Aquaman investigates the killing of whales off the coast of Coney Island. Both drawn by Don Newton, the first story is less clearly delineated. The layouts and pacing throughout also seem more haphazard. By contrast, the Aquaman Read the rest of this entry »