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Jim Starlin Gallery – Warlock issues

Warlock #9 Warlock #10  Warlock #11 Warlock #12 Warlock #13 Warlock #14 Warlock #15 See today's posts or more Starlin or Warlock issues. See also this blog's Starlin checklist, Top 10 Starlin comics or more galleries. document.write('\x3Cscript type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://adn.ebay.com/cb?programId=1&campId= Read the rest of this entry »

House of Secrets #153 – Alex Nino art

House of Secrets v1 #153, 1978 - Traveling to a Greek isle, an archeologist seeks to capture a legendary shape-shifter, which would guarantee him worldwide fame. Alex Nino ends his run on the series, delivering a story full of grotesque renderings. Some panels are a bit dialogue heavy, confined the artwork to smaller spaces. On the whole, Nino does a fine job, especially with his horrifically Read the rest of this entry »

Ghost Manor v2 #1 – Steve Ditko art

Ghost Manor v2 #1, 1971 - Charlton begins its second series of the same name, continuing its eclectic brand of horror stories. Steve Ditko draws the tale of a young woman who inherits a centuries-old mansion and meets some odd distant relatives. The layouts are interspersed with Mr. Bones, the series host who often injects humor into the scenes. From the opening splash to the climax, Ditko uses Read the rest of this entry »

True Love Pictorial #10 – Matt Baker art & cover

True Love Pictorial v1 #9, 1954 - As her wedding is planned by a wealthy aunt, Marge soon starts to doubt her love for her future husband. Matt Baker’s artwork is lively and personable, reflecting the mood of the upcoming nuptials. The layouts are varied just enough to hold interest. His illustrations are polished and clear. Interestingly, a heavy-set young female appears as a supporting Read the rest of this entry »

X-Men #15 – Jack Kirby art & cover

X-Men v1 #15, 1965 - After capturing the Beast, the Sentinels trove through his memories to find a way to defeat the mutant menace. Jack Kirby's cover is frenetic yet passable. The artist's distinctive style emerges even in the heat of an all-out battle. As with previous issues, Kirby's layouts add little value to the story art. This is number 15 of 17 X-Men issues with Kirby art and/or covers ( Read the rest of this entry »

Best of DC #51 / Batman Family – Neal Adams, Don Newton, Marshall Rogers, Jim Starlin reprints

Best of DC (Blue Ribbon Digest) v1 #51 / Batman Family, 1984 - One hundred pages showcase Batman and many of his supporting characters, including Robin, Man-Bat and Batgirl. The best of these reprints feature artwork by Neal Adams (Batman #232, Batman #237), Don Newton (Batman Family #12, Batman Family #13), Marshall Rogers (Batman Family #13) and Jim Starlin (opening splash from Batman Family # Read the rest of this entry »

Avengers #189 – John Byrne art & cover

Avengers v1 #189, 1979 - No longer an Avenger, Hawkeye finds a warehouse security job that soon pits him against the razor sharp wings of Deathbird. John Byrne's artwork (aided by Dan Green) continues to be superlative. Layouts are carefully constructed for maximum storytelling. Note that Thor's departure on page 2 (see interior page above) employs multiple viewpoints for variety's sake. Read the rest of this entry »

Danger Trail #3 – Alex Toth art

Danger Trail v1 #3, 1950 - In the Sahara desert, native Touregs fight the French Foreign Legion for dominance over the region. Oddly, the story is told from a battle flag’s point of view. Alex Toth draws his finest work of the series. His drawings and panel sequences are equally exemplary. His opening splash, a desert scene of machine guns converging on its targets, is impeccably designed. Toth Read the rest of this entry »

Our Army at War #205 – Joe Kubert art, cover & reprint

Our Army at War v1 #205 featuring Sgt. Rock, 1969 - Full of mostly reprints, this issue does boast three new Joe Kubert pages. One serves as an intro to the pre-published stories and the remaining are educational in nature. His best work occurs on the cover, where a temporarily blinded Sgt. Rock stumbles into a Nazi patrol. Figures fill every available space, evoking a claustrophobic feeling. Read the rest of this entry »

Space War #5 – Steve Ditko art & cover

Space War v1 #5, 1960 - A Venusian scientist theorizes that there is intelligent life on Earth, prompting his colleagues to send him there in an experimental rocket. Steve Ditko’s panel designs are generally simple and straightforward. The opening scene may even be too minimal. However, many of the facial close-ups are quite impressive in their detail.The artist proves himself more than adept in Read the rest of this entry »