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Christmas Parade v2 #2 – Carl Barks reprint & partial cover reprint

Walt Disney's Christmas Parade v2 #2, 1963 - Carl Barks' superb original cover has been drastically changed, replacing the Donald Duck figure and simplifying many details. Fortunately, with the exception of the back cover, "A Christmas for Shacktown", the inside front cover and inside back cover remain intact. All contents were originally from Donald Duck / Four Color Comics v2 #367. See Read the rest of this entry »

Roy Rogers and Trigger #125 – mis-attributed Alex Toth art

Roy Rogers and Trigger v1 #125, 1958 - A stand-alone page at the end of this issue educates readers on the old west's prospectors. Overstreet credits Alex Toth, while an online Toth checklist calls it "questionable". Comparing the page to the artist's other works of the same time period, there are similar examples. Still, the men's faces of panel four are the least Toth-like in approach, leading Read the rest of this entry »

Tex Dawson, Gun-slinger #1 – Jim Steranko cover, Al Williamson reprint

Jim Steranko Tex Dawson, Gun-slinger v1 #1, 1973 - Outnumbered and surrounded, the hero stands defiant with smoking pistols in hand. This Jim Steranko cover illustration is well-designed, despite being confined by the title's masthead. A nice touch is the close-up of a would-be killer's hand, placed in the immediate foreground. Darker and more heavily inked hand, it adds depth and context to Read the rest of this entry »

Marvel’s Greatest Comics #41 – Jim Starlin cover, Jack Kirby reprint

Jim Starlin Marvel's Greatest Comics v1 #41, 1973 - Reprinting the team's encounter with the Wanderer (Fantastic Four #54), this issue also sports a brand new Jim Starlin cover. The artist often employed portraiture within scenes for greater emotive effect. In this case, Starlin's youthful enthusiasm is tempered by Joe Sinnott's stiffly applied inks. Though more compelling than his previous Read the rest of this entry »

Star Wars #43 – Al Williamson art, cover & reprint, Frank Miller, John Byrne art

Al Williamson Star Wars v1 #43, 1980 - Nearing the end of The Empire Strikes Back adaptation, this reprint features excellent work by Al Williamson, In addition to re-presenting Marvel Super Special #16, the artist provides a new cover, a splash of Lando Calrissian and a stunning additional page of Luke Skywalker in flight (page 19). As a bonus, five new pin-up pages are added, including Read the rest of this entry »

Tarzan #43 – Russ Manning art

Tarzan v1 #43, 1953 - Now in control of the kingdom and its armies, Dan-El and Natongo (Brothers of the Spear) must plan their next attack against their enemies. Russ Manning continues to struggle finding his own artistic voice. Panels and often entire pages seem lackluster and repetitious. On the positive side, the scenes are not lacking in detail. Other artists in this issue include Jesse Read the rest of this entry »

Fury of Firestorm #31 – non-attributed Alex Nino art

Fury of Firestorm v1 #31, 1984 - The only collaboration between George Tuska and Alex Nino (that I'm aware of) is fraught with stylistic incompatibilities. Nino's hand is most evident on the large panel on page three (see interior page shown below) as the textural quality of his inks enhance an underground setting. Otherwise, the artist adds little improvement over Tuska's domineering pencils. Read the rest of this entry »

Lassie #21 – Matt Baker art

Lassie v1 #21, 1955 - Matt Baker's first of three stories is slow to start, looser, and slightly less detailed than the previous issue. By page three he hits his stride, culminating in some superb panels of a storm at sea. Each tale opens with a relative small panel, confining the tone and excitement of each setting. Baker regardless demonstrates his fine draftsmanship throughout, especially in Read the rest of this entry »

Eerie #3 – Wally Wood art & cover, Joe Kubert art

Wally Wood Eerie v1 #3, 1951 - A small town art competition leads to the emergence of nightmarish demons. Wally Wood supplies partial inks, benefitting the overall art. His front cover and inside front cover (see interior page above), however, have far more aesthetic impact. Note the "headlight" effects on the larger scan, an all-too-common occurrence during this era. Joe Kubert tells of an Read the rest of this entry »

The Cat v2 #4 – Jim Starlin art

(Beware The Claws of) The Cat v2 #4, 1972 - According to the opening credits, both Jim Starlin and Al Weiss share artistic duties for this final issue of the series. Weiss appears to have drawn most of the female figures throughout (including the title character), which are elongated and distorted to the point of inconsistency. With the exception of the first two pages, Starlin appears to have Read the rest of this entry »