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John Wayne Adventure Comics #18 – Al Williamson / Frank Frazetta reprint

John Wayne Adventure Comics v1 #18, 1952 - Several stories in this edition were published in previous issues, including works by Al Williamson and Frank Frazetta. These include "The Panther Man" (from John Wayne Adventure Comics #4) and "The Ugly Duckling Bandit" (John Wayne Adventure Comics #8). See today's posts or more Frazetta, Williamson or John Wayne Adventure issues. See also this blog's Read the rest of this entry »

Avengers #191 – John Byrne art ORA

Avengers v1 #191, 1980 - A rock-like leviathan reveals itself as the Grey Gargoyle, proving more than a match for the Avengers. John Byrne’s second run on the series ends , but with no less enthusiasm than previous issues. As usual, his layouts are impeccably designed. Interestingly, the bulk of the story focuses on the Falcon’s solo clash with the super-powered villain. The artist handles these Read the rest of this entry »

Two-Fisted Tales #33 – Wally Wood art & cover, Joe Kubert art

Two-Fisted Tales v1 #33, 1953 - Wally Wood opens with a stunning cover, capturing a heroic signal corpsman under fire. Inside, the artist tells of the bombing of Nagasaki and its effects on one Japanese family. Wood's brushwork throughout is exceptional, using textural effects for atmospheric purposes. Scenes of the actual bomb blast are visualized in sobering black and white. In Joe Kubert's Read the rest of this entry »

Bernie Wrightson Gallery – House of Secrets covers

House of Secrets #92 House of Secrets #93 House of Secrets #94 House of Secrets #96 House of Secrets #100 House of Secrets #103 House of Secrets #106 House of Secrets #107 House of Secrets #135 House of Secrets #139 Read the rest of this entry »

Magnus Robot Fighter #35 – Russ Manning reprint

Magnus Robot Fighter v1 #35, 1974 - This issue re-presents Magnus Robot Fighter #6 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 »

Amazing Spider-man #8 – Jack Kirby / Steve Ditko art, Ditko art & cover

Amazing Spider-man v1 #8, 1964 - A highly advanced robot runs amok in the high school, providing a greater challenge than anticipated for Spider-man. Steve Ditko tends to show less effort on the cover, but does his usual fine job with the story artwork. His layouts tend to be busy, but both ordinary settings and obligatory action scenes are well paced. This "tribute to teen-agers" issue also Read the rest of this entry »

House of Secrets #64 – Alex Toth art

House of Secrets v1 #64, 1963 - Flying to the Caribbean, a plane is hijacked then rerouted to an obscure South American country. On board, Dr. Bruce Gordon and company are tasked with solving the mystery behind a jungle's instantaneous growth. The convoluted plot is nonetheless adroitly pencilled and inked by Alex Toth. This Eclipso tale (his second of the series) benefits from the artist's Read the rest of this entry »

Man of Steel #1 – John Byrne art & cover

Man of Steel v1 #1, 1986 - John Byrne takes on Superman in this retelling of his origin and early years at Smallville. While adhering to tradition, the story adds more details and new revelations. Newly transitioning from Marvel to DC, the artist employs more frequent large panels and full page splashes (four in this case). The drawings are more detailed and delicate, aided by Dick Giordano’s Read the rest of this entry »

Frontier Western #6 – Al Williamson art

Frontier Western v1 #6, 1956 - Armed with his pearl-handed pistols, a sheriff draws the ire of two outlaw brothers. Al Williamson boldly opens with a gunfight with two combatants primed and ready to go. This large, unframed panel features an amorphous background shape that fills in the scenery (see interior page above). The technique is risky and innovative for the time, yet effective at getting Read the rest of this entry »

Trail Colt #1 – Frank Frazetta art

Trail Colt v1 #1, 1949 - On the hunt for a gang of murderous thieves, a US marshal anticipates their appearance at the Laramie Rodeo. Loose and energetic, Frank Frazetta's drawings shows off his youthful enthusiasm. His shading and detail are far in advance of most of his older peers. A few panels are a tad overdone, but his rendition of animals is top notch. This story was later reprinted in Read the rest of this entry »