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1984 #4 – Alex Nino art

1984 (magazine) v1 #4, 1978 - Alex Nino illustrates a distant future where women are sacrificed to an unseen beatnik god. The artist employs an unusual and little used format, drawing the story vertically rather than horizontally. Additionally, he imposes a six and seven panel vertical grid on every page that extends an illusion of height. He varies the readers' points of view and carefully Read the rest of this entry »

D-Day #2 – Wally Wood art

D-Day v1 #2, 1964 - Wally Wood rarely drew for Charlton comics, making this issue a standout. The artist contributes four stories, although they seem to vary both in quality and execution. Assuming Wood had various assistants working for him, his hand is less evident in "D-Day for the Fighting Airborne", "Iwo Jima" and "Underwater Avenger". The latter looks especially poor by comparison. The Read the rest of this entry »

Doomsday +1 #1 – John Byrne art & cover

John Byrne Doomsday Plus One v1 #1, 1975 - One of John Byrne's earliest works is this sci-fi post-apocalyptic series. A team of astronauts returns to Earth after a nuclear war, not too dissimilarly from the Planet of the Apes films. The large panels and free flowing layouts have the spontaneity and appeal of a budding young comic book artist. Page five (see interior page below) nicely captures Read the rest of this entry »

Shield #2 – Jim Steranko cover, Jack Kirby reprint

Jim Steranko Nick Fury and his Agents of S.h.i.e.l.d. v1 #2, 1973 - Jim Steranko illustrates a patriotic flag-themed cover not dissimilar to an earlier effort on Strange Tales #167. Just like the previous version, Nick Fury dominates the layout, making him the focal point. His Shield comrades flank him on both sides, filling up the negative space. They diminish in size, creating the illusion Read the rest of this entry »

First Romance #42 – Jack Kirby cover

Jack Kirby First Romance magazine v1 #42, 1956 - An adoring couple has difficulty saying goodbye, while a bus driver waits impatiently for his passenger (assuming the headline refers to a different story inside). Jack Kirby's artwork is basic, but not entirely recognizable. The inker (not Kirby) begins to veer off into a different style. Only a semblance of Kirby's pencils remain. Other Read the rest of this entry »

Grimm’s Ghost Stories #8 – Al Williamson art

Grimm’s Ghost Stories v1 #8, 1973 - Al Williamson contributes a ghostly story between two sisters competing for a valuable necklace. The splash page of a car arriving at an old mansion is both foreboding and cinematic. It evokes a similar mood to that of the Dark Shadows television series of the same time period. While slightly shorter in page length than his first effort, his inking and layouts Read the rest of this entry »

Shield #1 – Jim Steranko cover

(Nick Fury and his Agents of) S.h.i.e.l.d. v1 #1, 1973 - This short-lived reprint series contains Nick Fury tales from earlier Strange Tales issues. Jim Steranko, who drew many of these stories, commemorates this first issue with a brand new cover. Fury dodges fire in an underwater attack scene, his gun pointing up toward the masthead. Unusually composed, his figure stretches out in all Read the rest of this entry »

Emergency #2 – John Byrne art

Emergency v1 #2, 1975 - In the premiere issue of this television-based series, John Byrne drew the main feature and majority of pages. Here he only contributes three illustrations for a text story at the issue's end. Like most of his early Charlton work, there is more enthusiasm than craft in the drawings. Still, you can recognize the early stages of his distinctive style. Byrne's efforts still Read the rest of this entry »

Power Man and Iron Fist #72 – Frank Miller cover

Frank Miller Power Man v1 #72, 1981 - On this action-packed cover, Frank Miller places Power Man, Iron Fist and their antagonist within a manageable layout. The figures descend in size, leading the eye from the masthead to the brightly lit foreground to the darkened background. Other artists in this issue include Kerry Gammill and Ricardo Villamonte. This is number 6 of 9 Power Man issues with Read the rest of this entry »

Frontline Combat v2 #7 – Wally Wood reprint

Frontline Combat v2 #7, 1997 - Packed full of war stories from the 1950s, this series reprints the classic EC comics in their entirety (except for the advertisements). This edition just happens to have early artwork by Wally Wood, reprinted from Frontline Combat #7. Other artists in this issue include Harvey Kurztman. See today's posts or more Wood or Frontline Combat issues. See also this Read the rest of this entry »