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Thor #337 – original Walt SImonson cover

Walt Simonson Published in Thor #337, Walt Simonson's cover heralds the start of his second run on the series. It looks just as impressive without the masthead, in my opinion. See today's posts or more Simonson or Thor issues. See also this blog's Simonson checklist or more artworks. - - - - - - - - - - Find on ebay: >Simonson original art More Simonson posts: Savage Sword #12 Thor #346 Read the rest of this entry »

Deadman #1 – Neal Adams cover & reprints

Neal Adams Deadman v1 #1, 1985 - Printed on Baxter paper, this series re-presents the first Deadman stories from the late 1960s. Almost all feature Neal Adams art, some of his earliest works for DC comics. Specifically, this edition reprints stories from House of Mystery #178, Strange Adventures #205 and #206. Adams also supplies a powerful new cover, capturing the moment of the hero's Read the rest of this entry »

Tally Ho Comics #nn – Frank Frazetta art (1st pro work)

Tally Ho Comics v1 #nn, 1944 - Frank Frazetta's first comic book work was an assistant to John Giunta on this one shot issue from the 1940s. An arctic idol worshiped by Eskimo-like followers comes to life to battle a demonic figure named Fang. The idol curiously holds a tomahawk and smokes a pipe, but more closely resembles a cartoon snowman. Frazetta's handiwork is not clearly evident, but Read the rest of this entry »

Marvel Treasury Edition #7 / Avengers – Jack Kirby cover

Jack Kirby Marvel Treasury Edition v1 #7 / Avengers, 1975 - This collection reprints some of John Buscema's finest stories from Avengers #52, 57, 60 and 83. From the Vision's first appearance to the timely "women's liberation" issue, you can better appreciate the progression of his work on the title. Jack Kirby's cover is by and large disappointing. The multiple figures look hurriedly drawn Read the rest of this entry »

The Unexpected #161 – Bernie Wrightson reprint

The Unexpected v1 #161, 1975 - Within this one hundred pager resides a handful of new stories buffered with horror reprints from the 1960s and early 1970s. Nick Cardy draws one of his more disturbing yet compelling covers that pervade the bronze age. Inside, there is a passable reprint of Bernie Wrightson's "Ball of String" from Unexpected #116. Other artists in this issue include Lee Elias, Read the rest of this entry »

Walt Disney Comics Digest #18 – Carl Barks reprint

Walt Disney Comics Digest v1 #18, 1969 - Celebrating the holidays, this edition features a terrific Carl Barks reprint from Christmas Parade #9 ("Christmas in Duckburg"). Additional stories feature Mickey Mouse, Peter Pan,101 Dalmatians (text story) and more. Other artists in this issue include Paul Murry and Al Hubbard. See today's posts or more Barks or Walt Disney Comics Digest issues. See Read the rest of this entry »

Strange Suspense Stories v4 #2 – Steve Ditko art & cover

Steve Ditko Strange Suspense Stories v4 #2, 1967 - In the 22nd century, World War Three begins its destructive course on Earth. Three men volunteer to travel back in time and change a critical event. Steve Ditko's visions of a high tech future are stunningly portrayed, especially on the opening panel (re-used as the cover). His drawings are clear and sharply rendered. Most memorable is the Read the rest of this entry »

Diary Secrets #25 – Matt Baker cover & reprints

Matt Baker Diary Secrets v1 #25, 1954 - Young lovers steal a kiss through an apartment window, just as the girl's mother enters. Matt Baker employs an triangular layout with masterfully positioned elements. The couple's warm embrace is nicely framed within the window itself and portions of the fire escape. Within the issue, three fine Baker reprints stand out. "Lovelife of an Army Nurse" and " Read the rest of this entry »

Phantom Stranger v2 #10 – Neal Adams cover

Neal Adams Phantom Stranger v2 #10, 1970 - As a lone hand beckons, a young lady descends down a spiral staircase lit only by candlelight. Behind her, the Phantom Stranger's silhouette watches intently. Arguably his best cover on the series, Neal Adams uses heavy cross-hatching effects for enhanced detail and dimension. A squared off archway frames the scene, while allowing room for the Read the rest of this entry »

Western Hearts #2 – Al Williamson / Frank Frazetta art

Western Hearts v1 #2, 1950 - While trailblazing the Southwest, famed scout Kit Carson falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy New Mexico landowner. Al Williamson makes a rare early contribution to the romance genre, although his western tales are plentiful. Ably drawn, this brief story has little action, focusing instead on dialogue and character interactions. Frank Frazetta provides the Read the rest of this entry »