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Batman Family #1 – Neal Adams reprint

Batman Family v1 #1, 1975 - Mostly Batman-related reprints comprise the early issues of this series, with occasional new material thrown in for good measure. This premiere boasts a new cover and a terrific new Batgirl-Robin story by Mike Grell. His artwork somewhat compensates for the reprinting of Man-Bat's first appearance in Detective Comics #400. Neal Adams' drawings lose some of their Read the rest of this entry »

Champions #6 – Jack Kirby cover

Jack Kirby The Champions v1 #6, 1976 - No novice to superhero team books, Jack Kirby seems to cram every member onto this layout. As with many Champions covers, Hercules tends to be the dominant figure but the Ghost Rider is noticeably absent. Why the villain would go on the attack while carrying the unconscious Black Widow also seems a stretch. Kirby's clunky style is more prominent than Read the rest of this entry »

Tomahawk #139 – Frank Frazetta reprint, Joe Kubert cover

Joe Kubert (Son of) Tomahawk v1 #139, 1972 - Joe Kubert does a largely satisfactory job on the cover, presenting an ominous warning to those entering a remote town. What makes this issue even more special is a rare Frank Frazetta reprint, originally published in Star Spangled Comics #113. Other artists in this issue include Frank Thorne. See today's posts or more Kubert, Frazetta or Tomahawk Read the rest of this entry »

Annie Oakley #9 – Al Williamson art

Annie Oakley v1 #9, 1956 - Al Williamson employs a rougher style of brushwork on many of his western stories, including this fine example. Though only a mere four pages, the panels are superbly and intricately drawn. The opening page has a typically large panel, in this case featuring the story's central character in full depiction. The frontier settings and naturally pristine backgrounds ( Read the rest of this entry »

Nick Fury, Agent of Shield #10 – non-attributed Barry Windsor Smith art

Nick Fury, Agent of S.h.i.e.l.d. v1 #10, 1969 - The opening splash is similar to Jim Steranko's earlier efforts, no doubt attempting a consistent look and feel for the series. Barry Smith provides uncredited pencils and/or rough layouts that appear sporadically throughout the story. With the exception of the action scenes on pages 2-3, his drawings appear strained and often unrecognizable. Smith Read the rest of this entry »

Howard the Duck #2 – Frank Brunner art & cover, Jim Starlin art

Frank Brunner Howard the Duck v1 #2, 1975 - Howard the Duck goes up against the villainous Space Turnip in this satirical second issue. Frank Brunner's cover combines the superhero and humor genres in a way that's both appealing and entertaining. Credited at the end of the interior story, artist Jim Starlin assists with most of the page layouts. Brunner adheres to them faithfully but both Read the rest of this entry »

Complete Alex Toth Zorro volume 1 – Alex Toth cover & reprints

Complete Alex Toth Zorro volume 1, 1998 - This first volume compiles several of Toth's Zorro issues for Dell publishing. A new introduction by Howard Chaykin shares his insights on the collection, along with a small Toth text illo. In addition, Toth supplies a new cover and interior portrait of Zorro. The stories (all in black and white) are reprinted from Four Color Comics v2 #882 (two stories) Read the rest of this entry »

Kong the Untamed #2 – Bernie Wrightson cover

Bernie Wrightson Kong the Untamed v1 #2, 1975 - The title character rests by a campfire, unaware of the danger that creeps up behind him. Bernie Wrightson's extraordinary cover displays his mastery of light and shadow. The boy's illuminated figure is nicely detailed, his attackers less so as they emerge from the darkness. The brushwork on the distant trees is faintly impressionistic, and the Read the rest of this entry »

‘Mazing Man #12 – Frank Miller cover

Frank Miller  'Mazing Man v1 #12, 1986 - Frank Miller lends his talents to the last cover of this DC humor title. Batman: The Dark Knight premiered the same year, making this an obvious attempt to bring attention to this series. Miller regardless contributes a powerful drawing, made more unmistakable by its spacious white background. Other artists in this issue include Stephen DeStefano. This Read the rest of this entry »

Justice Inc. #1 – Joe Kubert cover

Joe Kubert Justice Inc. v1 #1, 1975 - DC begins the first comic book adaptions of the pulp hero Avenger, created by Kenneth Robeson. The interiors are by Al McWilliams, an artist more often seen in Gold Key comics than DC. Joe Kubert supplies the adventurous cover, showcasing the Avenger with his trademark weapons (named Mike and Ike oddly enough). Kubert is usually at his best on adventure Read the rest of this entry »