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Barry Windsor Smith Gallery – Marvel Comics Presents issues

Marvel Comics Pres. #72 Marvel Comics Pres. #73 Marvel Comics Pres. #74 Marvel Comics Pres. #75 Marvel Comics Pres. #76 Marvel Comics Pres. #77 Marvel Comics Pres. #78 Marvel Comics Pres. #79 Marvel Comics Pres. #80 Marvel Comics Pres. #81 Marvel Comics Pres. #82 Marvel Comics Pres. #83 Marvel Comics Pres. #84 Read the rest of this entry »

Art of Neal Adams vol. 1

Neal Adams Art of Neal Adams volume 1, 1975 - The first book to truly showcase his career's work, the Art of Neal Adams volume one opens with a terrific new cover. Integrating both DC and Marvel heroes in confrontation, the artist diffuses the tension with the inclusion of Atomic Mouse, a Charlton Comics cartoon character. The worm's eye view boasts Adams' mastery of foreshortening, an ability Read the rest of this entry »

Buster Crabbe #4 – Frank Frazetta art & cover

Frank Frazetta Buster Crabbe v1 #4, 1952 - On his first of two covers for the series, Frank Frazetta displays both his artistic strengths and weaknesses. The cowboy leaps from a helicopter to save a damsel in distress, yet his perspective is far from credible. Buster's outstretched arm is poorly foreshortened and the woman is disproportionately too large for her horse (who also seems to be Read the rest of this entry »

Wulf The Barbarian #2 – Neal Adams, Wally Wood art

Wulf The Barbarian v1 #2, 1975 - No less than nine different inkers collaborate on this twenty page story. The art is surprisingly cohesive for so many artists involved. Wally Wood's contributions are the hardest to determine, but the most likely pages 6-9 are most likely by his hand. The most pleasant surprise and strongest pages by far are finished by Neal Adams. His efforts exceed Read the rest of this entry »

Comet #1 – Alex Nino art & cover

Alex Nino The Comet v1 #1, 1983 - Red Circle Comics Group revives several 1940s superhero characters during the 1980s. Carmine Infantino, a preeminent DC silver age artist and editor, steps in to pencil this short-lived series. While not incompatible, Alex Nino's inking is fairly passive and subordinate to the layouts. More often than not, his pen- and brushwork results in a more distinctive Read the rest of this entry »

1st Issue Special #11 / Code Name Assassin – mis-attributed Nestor Redondo art

First Issue Special v1 #11 featuring Code Name Assassin, 1976 - No Nestor Redondo art, despite what some comic book price guides say. The credits on the opening splash state the artist(s) as "The Redondo Studio" and the letters page towards the back of the book reaffirms this fact. It's common knowledge Redondo had a cadre of Filipino artists working with him and their collaborative efforts were Read the rest of this entry »

Marvel Team Up #63 – John Byrne art

Marvel Team-Up v1 #63, 1977 - Spider-man meets Iron Fist for the first time, not long after the cancellation of the kung-fu hero's own series. The same level of artistic skill that John Byrne brought to those issues is evident here. The book opens with a splash page of Iron Fist in mid-kick toward the reader, a stunning visual that commands your attention. This is one of several outstanding Read the rest of this entry »

Limited Collectors Edition #C-59 / Batman’s Strangest Cases – Neal Adams cover & reprints, Berni Wrightson reprint

Neal Adams Limited Collectors Edition v1 #C-59 / Batman's Strangest Cases, 1978 - As opposed to the typical superhero fare, this treasury collects stories with a supernatural bent. Among the reprints are two terrific tales by Neal Adams (Detective Comics #410, Brave and the Bold #93) and one by Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing #7). Enhancing this collection is a brand new Adams cover, featuring Read the rest of this entry »

John Carter Warlord of Mars #26 – Frank Miller cover

Frank Miller John Carter Warlord of Mars v1 #26, 1979 - Unlike the previous issue, Frank Miller's hand is clearly evident here. It is a complex patchwork of multiple figures, but three are emphasized by color. The main characters are in the thick of the action, and the artist's figure drawings are better than most. Foreground swords tilt toward the focal point, a common but effective device Read the rest of this entry »

Vampirella #31 – Frank Frazetta cover

Frank Frazetta Vampirella v1 #31, 1974 - The savage yet sensuous Luana the Beast Girl is prominently featured on Frank Frazetta's last cover for the series. Exotic and beautiful, she's accompanied by a pair of jungle cats and a chimpanzee. Interestingly, the more typical Frazetta theme of a weapon-wielding man and timid female are relegated to the background. This painting was originally Read the rest of this entry »