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Dr. Strange v2 #1 – original Frank Brunner page

One of Frank Brunner's best issues, Dr. Strange v2 #1 included this page with a strong vertical emphasis. See today's posts or more Brunner or Doctor Strange issues. See also this blog's Brunner checklist, Top 10 Brunner issues or more artworks. - - - - - - - - - - Find on ebay: >more Frank Brunner original art document.write('\x3Cscript type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http:// Read the rest of this entry »

Teen-age Romances #42 – Matt Baker cover

Teen-age Romances v1 #42, 1955 - Walking a girl home from school, a boy shares a moment with her upon arrival at her house. Matt Baker creates an idyllic scene on a crisp autumn day. A slight breeze wafts a few leaves into the air. The pair stands comfortably, slightly leaning in toward the other. Baker perfectly conveys the interaction and their mutual interest. See today's posts or more Baker Read the rest of this entry »

Tarzan #50 – Russ Manning art

Tarzan v1 #50, 1953 - Deep in the underground tunnels, the two Brothers of the Spear find the witch doctor Nagopa. He flees while holding the general’s daughter (Tavane) hostage. Artistically, the panel and page compositions are generally impressive. Details abound, as seen in the interior page above. Kudos to Russ Manning for some effective visual storytelling overall. Other artists in this Read the rest of this entry »

Our Army at War #136 – Joe Kubert art & cover

Our Army at War v1 #136, 1963 - Desperate to impress his girl back home, a young GI asks Sgt. Rock for a chance to do a heroic deed. Joe Kubert keeps the story lively with his usual frenetically engaging style. The artist breaks up the typical page grid, varying sizes and proportions. The open panel on page 3 (see interior page above) makes a perfect segue into one of Rock's two narrative tales. Read the rest of this entry »

Heroic Comics #37 – Alex Toth art

Heroic Comics v1 #37, 1946 - Alex Toth tells of a luxury liner sinking and the heroics of a young Stonewall Jackson in two separate tales. Both efforts are early in his career. Sadly, his drawing skills are sorely lacking. Other artists in this issue include H.C. Kiefer, among others. This is number 5 of 12 Heroic Comics issues with Toth art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Toth or  Read the rest of this entry »

World of Fantasy #17 – Steve Ditko art, Jack Kirby cover, non-attributed Matt Baker art

World of Fantasy v1 #17, 1959 - A lone robot mans a space station for the first time, while many critics question his competency and dependability. Even when confined to small panels, Steve Ditko stills does a fine job conveying the wonder and vastness of space. In another tale, a fisherman survives a nuclear explosion, only to gain mind-reading powers that enable him to rule the world. Matt Read the rest of this entry »

Frontier Western #3 – Al Williamson art

Frontier Western v1 #3, 1956 - As the infamous Joe Mungo nears the town of Fargo Falls, the local sheriff prepares for a gun battle with the most fearsome outlaw in the region. A highlight of this Al Williamson tale is a darkened scene on page 3 panel 4: a dramatic portrait of the outlaw. That aside, most of the drawings appear overworked and insensitive. Though plentiful in detail, the artwork Read the rest of this entry »

Savage Sword of Conan #29 – Neal Adams, John Byrne art

Savage Sword of Conan v1 #29, 1978 - Accompanying the main Conan feature, a handful of single page portraits by Bruce Patterson help fill in the remainder of the issue. One stands out above the rest: a Red Sonja page superbly finished by Neal Adams. John Byrne also contributes a splash of Solomon Kane fending off a demon. The style suggests a fairly early work, finally seeing publication for the Read the rest of this entry »

Vacation Parade v2 #1 – Carl Barks reprints

Walt Disney's Vacation Parade v2 #1, 2004 - Featuring the artwork of Carl Barks, it showcases some of his best stories of the 1950s, including "Vacation Time" and "Camp Couselor" (both from Vacation Parade #1) and two Gyro Gearloose tales (from Four Color Comics v2 #1025 and Four Color Comics v2 #1095 respectively). See today's posts or more Barks or Vacation Parade issues. See also this blog's Read the rest of this entry »

This is War #9 – Alex Toth art

This is War v1 #9, 1953 - Hardened by war, a machine gunner shows lack of respect for his fellow soldiers he deems lacking in courage. Alex Toth's story suggests the tension and anxiety that surfaces even between comrades-in-arms. Starting with a large title panel, the drawing seems far too minimal yet visually arresting. Each panel is carefully drawn, supplemented by John Celardo's inks. Most Read the rest of this entry »