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True Love Pictorial #3 – Matt Baker art & cover, mis-attributed Joe Kubert art

True Love Pictorial v1 #3, 1953 - The first of three 100 page giants, this special issue features three tales by Matt Baker. “Trouble's Daughter” tells of a girl who tries to raise her social standing, just as he father gets out of prison. Baker’s pencils are evident but the inks appear to be by another artist. In “The Sisters”, a younger sibling takes advantage of the older one on several Read the rest of this entry »

DC 100 page Super Spectacular #5 – original Wally Wood page

Originally printed in DC 100 page Super Spectacular #5, Wally Wood's inks are even clearer in black and white. See today's posts or more Wood or DC 100 page Super Spectacular issues. See also this blog's Wood checklist or more artworks. - - - - - - - - - - Find on ebay: >more Wally Wood original art document.write('\x3Cscript type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://adn.ebay.com/cb? Read the rest of this entry »

World of Fantasy #18 – Steve Ditko art, Jack Kirby art & cover

World of Fantasy v1 #18, 1959 - In Steve Ditko's tale, a scientist escapes his employers using the time machine he invented. The artwork is more than capable, switching from future to present and back again (see interior page above). Most impressive are Ditko's use of circle patterns to denote time travel. Jack Kirby tells of another scientist who approaches an automotive president about Read the rest of this entry »

Batman #367 – Don Newton art

Batman v1 #367, 1984 - Humanoid-like plants amble around Gotham, finally converging at the unassuming sanctuary of Poison Ivy. Don Newton's pencils generally wilt under Alfredo Alcala's heavy-handed inks. With the exception of the interior page shown above, Newton's style is mostly absent. Even his opening splash lacks the excitement and enthusiasm of other works from the same period. On a Read the rest of this entry »

Avengers #187 – John Byrne art & cover

Avengers v1 #187, 1979 - Receiving a distress call from Quicksilver, the Avengers arrive on Wundagore Mountain, only to be captured by the demon-possessed Scarlet Witch. John Byrne begins with a disorienting yet superb cover design. Inside, the artist concludes this origin storyline with great skill and confidence. Modred's attack on the Avengers is especially well drawn (pages 4-8), employing Read the rest of this entry »

Heroic Comics #50 – mis-attributed Alex Toth art

Heroic Comics v1 #50, 1948 - No Alex Toth artwork in this issue, despite what comic book price guides say. Toth did do interior art for 13 other issues of Heroic Comics. See today's posts or more Toth or Heroic Comics issues. See also this blog's Alex Toth checklist. - - - - - - - - - - Find on ebay: >more Toth issues, >more Heroic Comics issues document.write('\x3Cscript type="text/ Read the rest of this entry »

Teen-Age Diary Secrets / Blue Ribbon Comics v2 #5 – Matt Baker art

Teen-Age Diary Secrets / Blue Ribbon Comics v2 #5, 1949 - Delving into new territory, St. John publishing puts out their third romance comic of the series. Matt Baker contributes two stories for this issue. "I Tried to Make Love Pay Dividends" tells the tale of a pretty nurse with ambitions to marry one of her wealthiest male patients (this was later retitled "I Deserted My Ideals for an Easy Read the rest of this entry »

Space War #6 – Steve Ditko art & cover

Space War v1 #6, 1960 - Based on a suggestion from a friend, a comic book artist/writer concocts a tale of blue aliens landing on Earth. The first panel seems a bit staid, an obvious placement of figures in the fore-, mid- and background. From there, Steve Ditko’s layouts improve, along with his distinctive drawings. The artist employs plenty of linework, increasing dimension on many of the Read the rest of this entry »

Western Kid v2 #3 – Al Williamson reprint

Western Kid v2 #3, 1972 - Sporting a new John Severin cover, this issue also contains western tales from previous decades. Prominent among these is an Al Williamson reprint from Rawhide Kid #7. Unfortunately, the reproduction quality is poor. See today's posts or more Williamson or Western Kid issues. See also this blog's Williamson checklist. - - - - - - - - - - Find on ebay: >this issue, > Read the rest of this entry »

Journey into Mystery #21 – Joe Kubert art

Journey into Mystery v1 #21, 1955 - A reckless driver makes a game out of making others crash, but soon gets what's coming to him. Joe Kubert draws the perpetrator with an egomaniac's lack of empathy. The wanton destruction is artfully captured, eliciting the reader's outrage. Meanwhile, the artist's deft rendition of automobiles adds another layer of realism. All together, the result is one of Read the rest of this entry »