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Avengers #12 – Jack Kirby cover

Jack Kirby Avengers v1 #12, 1965 - The Moleman and his blind minions attack, attempting to conquer the surface world once more. On the cover, Thor symmetrical figure is flanked by his fellow Avengers. In the distance, their foe emerges from deep underground. Jack Kirby knows better than most how to elicit excitement from a dynamic layout. Other artists in this issue include Don Heck and Dick Read the rest of this entry »

Fear #17 – original Frank Brunner page cover

Frank Brunner Original Frank Brunner cover, ultimately used for Fear #17. See today's posts or more Brunner or Fear issues. See also this blog's Brunner checklist, Top 10 Brunner issues or more artworks. - - - - - - - - - - Find on ebay: >more Brunner original art Read the rest of this entry »

Shadows from Beyond – Steve Ditko cover

Steve Ditko Shadows from Beyond (v2 #50), 1966 - Formerly Unusual Tales, this title inexplicably ends with this one and only issue. Steve Ditko's gravity-defying cover is among his most surreal. Various rooms float in endless space, each tilted to create an interesting pattern of rectangles. Equally mysterious words are positioned around them to heighten the tension. Sadly, no Ditko stories Read the rest of this entry »

Dracula Lives #10 – Neal Adams art

Dracula Lives v1 #10, 1975 - Set in the present day, Lilith, daughter of Dracula, patronizes a small New York City bar in this solo back-up story. Bob Brown's pencils get a considerable boost from the inks of the Crusty Bunkers, a group of collaborative artists which include Neal Adams. They frequently assisted others during the bronze age, with Adams contributing significantly. His hand is Read the rest of this entry »

Flash Gordon v4 #13 – Jeff Jones art

Flash Gordon v4 #13, 1969 - One of Jeff Jones' earliest works, his artwork is unfortunately amateurish. His rendition of Flash Gordon is coarser and less defined than that of his artistic predecessors. He struggles with the figure drawing and composition. Most of the backgrounds are sparse, suggesting an unfinished effort. Still, there are glimpses of his potential here and there in certain Read the rest of this entry »

Haunted #2 – Steve Ditko art & cover

Steve Ditko Haunted v1 #2, 1971 - An American antique dealer travels to an obscure Parisian neighborhood, only to discover a mysterious doorway to the eighteenth century. Steve Ditko initially squanders the title page with an unimaginative layout. Subsequent pages, however, are well designed and visually appealing. Characters' faces and expressions play a vital role in the storytelling. Read the rest of this entry »

Daisy Duck’s Diary / Four Color Comics v2 #1150 – Carl Barks art

Walt Disney's Daisy Duck's Diary / Four Color Comics v2 #1150, 1961 - Carl Barks nearly fills the entire issue (except for the cover) with his delightful artwork. Daisy Duck is paired with different supporting characters in each of the five short stories, including Grandma Duck, Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck and her nieces April, May and June. While the quality of art is consistent throughout, Read the rest of this entry »

Vampirella #44 – Neal Adams art

Vampirella v1 #44, 1975 - Warren Publishing often used their inside front covers as intro pages, usually narrated by the series host. Vampirella sets the tone in this issue, even as she turns away to glimpse the nightmarish creature behind her. Neal Adams' inside cover is sumptuously drawn. His impeccable drawing skills are reinforced by the subtle modeling of light and shade on the figures. Read the rest of this entry »

Frankenstein v3 #4 – Mike Ploog art & cover

Mike Ploog (Monster of) Frankenstein v3 #4, 1973 - Recovering from a shipwreck, the monster tries to save the captain and a cabin boy he befriends. While gathering wood, he remembers the events leading to his eventual encasement in the glacial ice. Mike Ploog's pencils and general layouts are impressive, but he relinquishes the inks on this issue. John Verpoorten's finishes are less sensitive, Read the rest of this entry »

Gunsmoke Western #33 – Al Williamson art

Gunsmoke Western v1 #33, 1956 - After being victimized by robbers, a former medical student forces himself to learn how to shoot. Al Williamson uses more repetitive panels than necessary, but that aside, he displays a greater use of finely detailed lines than previous works. His opening panel of a shootout is among Williamson's best panels from the era (see interior page below). The darker, Read the rest of this entry »