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Uncle Scrooge #21 – Carl Barks art & cover

Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge v1 #21, 1955 - Uncle Scrooge, fearful of someone robbing his money vault, stealthily relocates his fortune underground. The Beagle Boys eventually discover it and proceed to extract it with an oil drilling rig. This battle of wits is one of Carl Barks' best early Scrooge tales. The plot eventually culminates in an explosion, where a massive gush of coins becomes the Read the rest of this entry »

Two-Fisted Tales v2 #5 – Wally Wood, Alex Toth reprints

Two-Fisted Tales v2 #5, 1993 - Forty years later, publisher Russ Cochran re-presents the EC war stories that became modern classics. This edition reprints Two-Fisted Tales #22, including some of fine work by Wally Wood and Alex Toth. Other artists in this issue include Harvey Kurtzman. See today's posts or more Toth, Wood or Two-Fisted Tales issues. See also this blog's Toth checklist or Wood Read the rest of this entry »

Avengers #16 – Jack Kirby cover

Avengers v1 #16, 1965 - With the original members taking a leave of absence, Captain America leads a new team comprised of Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and Hawkeye. Jack Kirby's cover is uncommonly lackluster, despite the gallery of heroes and villains behind him. With the exception of page 18, his layouts are largely ineffective. This is number 16 of 38 Avengers issues with Kirby art and/or Read the rest of this entry »

House of Secrets #87 – Neal Adams cover

House of Secrets v1 #87, 1970 - Expertly rendered by Neal Adams, a robot sheds his human disguise just as two kids peer through the basement window. Interestingly, the cocker spaniel in the foreground contains the bulk of his effort. Note how the dog is eating atop a table rather than the floor, likely due to artistic license. Mike Kaluta delivers one of his best works, often mis-attributed with Read the rest of this entry »

Dark Mysteries #1 – Wally Wood art & cover

Dark Mysteries v1 #1, 1951 - In the opening tale, the timbers from a cursed ship are re-used for a luxury yacht, drawing the wrath of a specter. Aside from the frightening opening splash, Wally Wood's story art mostly struggles with basic drawing and layout. An unknown inker (perhaps Sid Check?) fails to bring clarity to the often amateurish pencils. Wood's cover design fares much better. The Read the rest of this entry »

Rex Allen #27 – Russ Manning art

Rex Allen v1 #27, 1958 - Rex Allen impersonates a wanted man in order to recover a bank heist. Russ Manning's short back-up tale clearly outshines the lead feature. The opening scene feels a tad claustrophobic with its small panels, a common occurrence in 1950s Dell comics. Thankfully, Manning's second page opens up to a wider canyon vista, including a beautiful diagonally composed panel of the Read the rest of this entry »

Green Lantern v2 #148 – Don Newton art

Green Lantern v2 #148, 1982 – Don Newton illustrates an interesting back-up story of a squirrel-like alien life-form who also happens to be a Green Lantern. The heroic Ch’P is aptly named, and seems to be a nod to the Walt Disney chipmunks Chip n’ Dale. Newton draws the character with all sincerity, and pulls it off quite well. His opening splash is disarming at first, but the beautiful rendering Read the rest of this entry »

The Unexpected #155 – Nestor Redondo art

The Unexpected v1 #155, 1974 - A greedy railroad magnate does the unthinkable to maintain his wealth and influence. Set in the early days of mass transport, Nestor Redondo does a credible job with depicting both the railroad cars and horse-drawn carriages of the era. The opening panel is precisely inked, even as it sets an ominous tone. Other artists in this issue include Abe Ocampo, Don Perlin Read the rest of this entry »

Anchor Andrews #1 – Matt Baker art

Anchor Andrews v1 #1, 1953 - This one-shot issue features a bumbling sailor and his misadventures, a comedic character not uncommon during the golden age. The back-up Canteen Kate tale is similar in tone, but with more sophistication and savvy. Impeccably drawn by Matt Baker, her stories first appeared in the war title Fightin' Marines before graduating to her own self-titled (and short lived Read the rest of this entry »

Captain America #101 – Jack Kirby art & cover

Captain America v1 #101, 1968 - The Red Skull returns to awaken his fourth Sleeper, a powerfully destructive entity. In this second issue, Jack Kirby seems to revel in his character's resurgence during the silver age. His explosive pencils provide almost non-stop action starting with the opening splash. Even better, Syd Shores does an excellent job with the inks, maintaining the pencils' verve Read the rest of this entry »