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Don Newton gallery – Charlton covers

Ghostly Tales #115 Many Ghosts... #49 Teen Confessions #90 Teen Confessions #89 Haunted #21 Ghostly Haunts #42 Ghost Manor #22 Monster Hunters #1 Haunted Love #8 Haunted #22 Haunted Love #9 Read the rest of this entry »

Savage Sword of Conan #34 – Mike Ploog art

Savage Sword of Conan v1 #34, 1978 - Most likely drawn a few years earlier, "Mirrors of Tuzun Thune" features a restless King Kull seeking a new challenge. He finds it in the house of a Valusian wizard, where he encounters mystical mirrors that reveal the past, future and other worlds. Mike Ploog's pencils stand on their own, without the embellishment of an inker. Some of the finer strokes Read the rest of this entry »

Inside Crime #3 – Wally Wood art

Inside Crime v1 #3, 1950 - Continuing the numbering from My Intimate Affair, this first issue changes genres from romance to crime. In "The Shanghai Chicken", a San Francisco thug makes a living knocking out victims and putting them aboard ships as unwilling crewmen. This early Wally Wood tale is glaringly primitive, struggling with the rudiments of drawing and design. Some pages are Read the rest of this entry »

Tarzan #217 – Joe Kubert art & cover

Joe Kubert Tarzan of the Apes v1 #217, 1972 - Hearing of a black queen that enslaves her subjects, Tarzan travels to uncharted territory to investigate. Joe Kubert continues his run on the series, employing a two-page splash and several large panels to showcase his artistry. Tarzan comes face-to-face with a coal-black lion in the most startling sequence of the story. Kubert's cover is more Read the rest of this entry »

Fightin’ Marines #17 – mis-attributed Matt Baker art, non-attributed Baker reprint

Fightin' Marines v1 #17, 1955 - Charlton takes over this war title from St. John, publishing reprints from earlier issues (including some of the covers). This edition features a Canteen Kate reprint from Fightin' Marines #7. Comic book price guides have mis-labeled this story as new Matt Baker work. Other artists in this issue include Bill Molno and Gene Colan. See today's posts or more Baker or Read the rest of this entry »

Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves #1 – Steve Ditko art

Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves v1 #1, 1967 - After discovering the statues of a roman soldier and his beloved, an archeologist is approached by the souls trapped inside. This premiere issue introduces Dr. Graves, an investigator of the paranormal. Steve Ditko's name adds to the prestige of the issue, but unfortunately his artwork is uncharacteristically rigid. Pat Boyette's inks overwhelm the pencils Read the rest of this entry »

Iron Man #163 – Jim Starlin cover

Jim Starlin Iron Man v1 #163, 1982 - Iron Man's figure seems initially awkward, but Jim Starlin's severe tilt of the horizon makes it almost justifiable. While not always successful, the clean white background makes it easy to frame the characters and focal point of the scene. Starlin's division of space is skillfully balanced, perfecting the layout. The placement of two chess pieces not only Read the rest of this entry »

Abbott and Costello #10 – Joe Kubert art

Abbott and Costello v1 #10, 1950 - A Son of Sinbad tale appears inexplicably in this title starring the comedic duo of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. A few months earlier, the character appeared in Son of Sinbad #1, his one and only other appearance in comics (besides a 1953 reprint). Joe Kubert, whose superb artwork graced the earlier issue, also drew this seemingly misplaced story. Even Read the rest of this entry »

Superman #400 – Jim Steranko, Jack Kirby, Bernie Wrightson, Al Williamson, Steve Ditko, Walt Simonson, Frank Miller, Marshall Rogers, John Byrne art

Superman #400, 1984 - This thick anniversary issue boasts many of comicdom's best writers and artists. A select handful drew story pages while most did single page pin-ups. Some of the more unexpected contributors include the French artist Moebius, Will Eisner (creator of the Spirit), Wendy Pini (Elfquest), Jerry Robinson (golden age Batman artist) and Leonard Starr of Little Orphan Annie Read the rest of this entry »

Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction #2 – Alex Nino, Frank Brunner art

Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction v1 #2, 1975 - Frank Brunner draws the issue's prologue and epilogue, bookending a varied collection of stories inside. Not particularly special, his pages swipe quite a few panels from Neal Adams' work in other comics. Klaus Janson's inks only seem to reinforce the method. Other artists in this issue include Michael Kaluta, Bruce Jones, Rick Bryant, Rico Rival Read the rest of this entry »