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Detective Comics #494 – Don Newton art

Detective Comics v1 #494, 1980 - A medical doctor conceals a secret life, one where he participates in large scale burglaries. The Batmobile careens through the rain in Don Newton's dramatic opening splash. His subsequent pages are adequately drawn, along with varied layouts. Bob Smith's inking does its intended job, providing clarity and definition. The story concludes in the following issue. Read the rest of this entry »

Walt Simonson gallery – Battlestar Galactica issues

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House of Mystery #70 – Jack Kirby art

House of Mystery v1 #70, 1958 - Fantastical creatures appear out of nowhere, panicking the populace of a big city, This story is tailor-made for Jack Kirby, whose imagination knows no bounds when it comes to inventing alien life-forms. Combining characteristics of know animals and insects, the artist leaves some familiarity with the readers. Kirby's illustrations are equally good, rendered in Read the rest of this entry »

Jungle Jim v4 #27 – Steve Ditko / non-attributed Wally Wood art

Jungle Jim v4 #27, 1969 - Steve Ditko contributes three terrific stories in this issue, all of which are enjoyably drawn. Though competently inked, different sources give different credits. Comic book guides have historically credited the inks to one-time Wally Wood assistant, Wayne Howard. The Wally Wood Treasury, however, credits Wood. At closer inspection, details such as the jungle foliage, Read the rest of this entry »

Kong the Untamed #1 – Bernie Wrightson cover

Bernie Wrightson Kong the Untamed v1 #1, 1975 - One of several adventure titles DC launched in the mid 70s, this series about a prehistoric caveboy lasted only a handful of issues. Alfredo Alcala does a capable job on the interior artwork, and the masthead design appears to be his as well. What makes this first issue most noteworthy is Bernie Wrightson's compelling cover. Kong fends off a much Read the rest of this entry »

Creatures on the Loose #10 – Bernie Wrightson art, Jack Kirby reprint

Creatures on the Loose v1 #10, 1971 - Continuing from the mystery series Tower of Shadows, this title would primarily feature fantasy tales and Atlas monster reprints from the 1960s. King Kull makes his first appearance in this issue, becoming Marvel's second sword and sorcery hero after Conan the Barbarian. Bernie Wrightson does an admirable job with his Marvel premiere, employing a variety of Read the rest of this entry »

Love Romances #99 – Jack Kirby art & cover

Jack Kirby Love Romances v1 #99, 1961 - Only marginally better than the previous issue, Jack Kirby's artwork is relatively tame compared to other works from the early 1960s. He illustrates the entire issue, including the poorly composed cover and four tales of nearly the same length. Full page splashes open two of the stories, one overladen with dialogue and the other too lacking in Read the rest of this entry »

Phantom Stranger v2 #12 – Neal Adams cover

Neal Adams Phantom Stranger v2 #12, 1971 - At an old man's bedside, the Phantom Stranger holds a ghostly figure of a young woman. An eerie, gaseous cloud seems to envelop them. Neal Adams' exceptional cover is is artfully drawn and impeccably composed. No dialogue or titling is added to mar the scene's drama. The minimal color palette also works in Adams' favor, drawing more attention to his Read the rest of this entry »

Wagon Train #5 – Alex Toth art

Wagon Train v1 #5, 1960 - Like many Dell Publishing issues during the 1950s and 1960s, this western series coincided with a network television show. The photographic cover features lead actors Ward Bond and Robert Horton. Inside, Alex Toth's short story is the smallest contribution, sandwiched between two main features. His hurried, loosely rendered drawings lack much needed definition. Read the rest of this entry »

Alpha Flight #5 – John Byrne art & cover

John Byrne Alpha Flight v1 #5, 1983 - Introduced in the first issue, the mutant dwarf Puck stars in a solo adventure. The exuberant cover gives a glimpse into his abilities and personality. John Byrne does a capable job with depicting ordinary people in mundane settings (in this case, a hospital and a warehouse). His artistry does come to fore on the action scenes (see interior page above), Read the rest of this entry »