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Journey Into Unknown Worlds #55 – Al Williamson art

Journey Into Unknown Worlds v1 #55, 1957 - Exiled in the frozen arctic, a ruthless dictator forms an unlikely army. Bill Everett's cover depicts them as ice creatures, although they're prehistoric cavemen in the story. Al Williamson and Ralph Mayo illustrate this tale with dependable craft and skill. Confined to only four pages, the artwork employs many panels yet the pacing doesn't fell rushed Read the rest of this entry »

Angel and the Ape #6 – Wally Wood art

Angel and the Ape v1 #6, 1969 - Comparing Bob Oksner's solo cover with his interior stories with Wally Wood, it's easy to see both the similarities and differences between the artists. While both are talented, Wood's sensitive inking elevates both the humorous and suggestive elements. The opening tale has more obvious bondage and cheesecake scenes, but "The Ape of 1,000 Disguises" is generally Read the rest of this entry »

Haunted #6 – Steve Ditko cover

Steve Ditko Haunted v1 #6, 1972 - Darkly lit and heavily textured, Steve Ditko's cover features a man's obsession over a trunk-like funerary urn. Note its fine decorative details and its contrast with the figure's heavily defined shadows. The background seems almost overworked with its abundant cross-hatching. Although it displays no lack of effort, Ditko's cover is less interesting and less Read the rest of this entry »

Two-Fisted Tales #28 – Wally Wood art

Two-Fisted Tales v1 #28, 1952 - This tale about a pivotal battle during the Revolutionary War is told simply and straightforwardly. Rather than focusing on General Washington or his officers, the perspective comes from their rank-and-file soldiers. Several panels call for views of Manhattan from atmospheric heights, attempting to show the two armies' maneuvers over the island. It's not Read the rest of this entry »

Vampirella #27 – Wally Wood, Jeff Jones reprints

Vampirella v1 #27, 1973 - This issue comparably reprints a Wally Wood story from Vampirella #10 and a Jeff Jones tale from Vampirella #12. Pther artists in this issue iclude Esteban Maroto, Jose Bea, Luis Garcia and Felix Mas. See today's posts or more Jones, Wood, or Vampirella issues. See also this blog's Jones checklist or Wood checklist. - - - - - - - - - - Find on ebay: >this issue >Wood > Read the rest of this entry »

Movie Love #8 – Al Williamson / Frank Frazetta art

Movie Love v1 #8, 1958 - Like the title suggests, this series is dedicated to current and past film stars. Corinne Calvert and John Barrymore Jr. grace the cover with their photos, and scenes from the movies Quebec and New Mexico are adapted in comic book form. Also included are short bios of actors John Payne and Montgomery Clift. William Holden's big break is retold, lushly drawn by Al Read the rest of this entry »

The Unexpected #162 – non-attributed Nestor Redondo art, non-attributed Alex Nino art, Jack Kirby reprint

The Unexpected v1 #122, 1975 - Like many DC 100 page super-spectaculars of the 1970s, this issue boasted both new and reprinted material. Nestor Redondo's contents page opens the issue with exquisite detail, depicting a pair of late night grave robbers. Equally stunning is Alex Nino's story of a slew of Satanic murders and the fortune teller who foresees them. His pacing and layout are masterful Read the rest of this entry »

Matt Slade Gunfighter #1 – Al Williamson art

Matt Slade Gunfighter v1 #1, 1956 - A fearful town awaits a man with eighteen notches on his gun-belt, but things aren't always as they seem. This Al Williamson story has generously large panels for only a four page story, but maintains an adequate pace. Angelo Torres' inking is a little too loose in certain scenes and the the proportions of horse and rider on page four, panel four are Read the rest of this entry »

The Cat v2 #1 – Wally Wood art & cover (1st bronze age Cat)

Wally Wood (Beware The Claws of) The Cat v2 #1, 1972 - Containing the first appearance and origin of this feminist super-heroine, this premiere issue also boasts an exceptional cover by Wally Wood. The multi-scene background is complex without being chaotic, thanks to his organized layout and the monochromatic red palette. The Cat's image on the lower right similarly repeats itself on the Read the rest of this entry »

Vampirella #110 – Alex Toth art

Vampirella v1 #110, 1982 - Alex Toth illustrates his second back-up story featuring a 1930's mob hitman nicknamed the Torpedo. Each page strictly adheres to a grid of nine equally sized panels. The effect gives the feel of a newspaper strip from a much older era. The artist's drawings are more graphic than usual, but convey the plot with an almost minimalist clarity. The bottom of page six shows Read the rest of this entry »