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Strange Tales #178 – original Jim Starlin page

A sensational page from Strange Tales #178, one of Jim Starlin's finest bronze age works. See today's posts or more Starlin or Strange Tales issues. See also this blog's Starlin checklist, Top 10 Starlin comics or more artworks. - - - - - - - - - - Find on ebay: >more Jim Starlin original art document.write('\x3Cscript type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://adn.ebay.com/cb? Read the rest of this entry »

House of Secrets #88 – Neal Adams cover

House of Secrets v1 #88, 1970 - Reflecting a gothic romance trend at the time, Neal Adams cover is a fine example of the genre. The woman's beauty and femininity contrasts directly against the dark, somber setting. Adams does a particularly good job with the graveyard statuary. Other artists in this issue include Bill Draut, Dick Dillin and Frank Giacoia. This is number 7 of 9 House of Secrets Read the rest of this entry »

Marvel Premiere #26 – Jack Kirby cover

Marvel Premiere v1 #26 featuring Hercules, 1975 - Long after his induction into the Avengers and various appearances (mostly in Thor), Hercules finally gets his first solo book. On Jack Kirby's cover, the hero is entangled in vines while two villains approach behind him. The layout fills every available space, yet seems less chaotic than expected. Despite Vince Colletta's washed out inks, Kirby's Read the rest of this entry »

Do You Believe in Nightmares #1 – Steve Ditko art & cover

Do You Believe in Nightmares v1 #1, 1957 - Beginning with his striking cover, Steve Ditko is responsible for nearly all the contents of this one-shot issue. Ranging from three to seven pages long, these science fiction tales offer a wide variety of scenarios with nightmares as the common theme. Most of the artwork employs heavy shadows to evoke darkness and foreboding. The one exception, " Read the rest of this entry »

Amazing Spider-man annual #23 – John Byrne cover

Amazing Spider-Man v1 annual #23, 1989 - A fairly busy masthead occupies much of this cover. including three different logos. Despite this fact, John Byrne's drawing gives this issue a much needed lift. Spider-man, She Hulk and the Abomination form a quasi-circular path, leading the eye from one figure to another. An uprooted lamp post points directly at the title character. Other artists in this Read the rest of this entry »

Brave and the Bold #43 – Joe Kubert art & cover

Brave and the Bold v1 #43 presents Hawkman, 1962 - When Earth is threatened by manhawks, Hawkman and Hawkgirl return from Thanagar to neutralize these flying, masked marauders. One of his longer Hawkman tales to date, Joe Kubert delivers a superb effort. Three full page splashes allow for greater scale and space. These airborne scenes also divide the story into three distinct chapters. Page Read the rest of this entry »

House of Secrets #128 – Alex Nino art

House of Secrets v1 #128, 1975 - A man visits a billionaire who houses a collection of embalmed human freaks of nature. Few artists can create an array of grotesqueries like Alex Nino can. The artist fills many of the panels with varied and disturbing statuary (see interior page above). Though only three pages long, Nino displays his unique talent for the horror genre. Other artists in this Read the rest of this entry »

Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #45 – Carl Barks art

Walt Disney's Comics and Stories v1 #45, 1944 - Donald Duck and his nephews both open up a boat rental business. Their competition for business results in a slew of shenanigans. Carl Barks tries his hand at depicting various sea creatures (see interior page above), bringing variety to the pages. Most of the panels are deceptively simple, yet the artist doesn't flinch from adding detail where Read the rest of this entry »

Batman #221 – Neal Adams cover

Batman v1 #221, 1970 - Arguably his best Batman cover, Neal Adams' carefully designed layout accentuates both height and distance. The flurry of bats lead the eye from Batman's foreground figure to his pursuers below. The lit torches below produce warm highlights on the hero's face and shoulders. Visually stunning, Adams' illustration even works with the kitschy masthead of that era. See today's Read the rest of this entry »

First Love Illustrated #70 – Jack Kirby cover

First Love Illustrated v1 #70, 1956 - A man with a bouquet arrives moments too late, as another suitor presents his flowers to a delighted woman. Though simple in layout, Jack Kirby's drawing conveys the scenario quite clearly. An unknown inker (perhaps Joe Simon?) does an excellent job with the finishes. The two foreground faces are pleasingly well crafted. This is number 4 of 4 First Love Read the rest of this entry »