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Creepy #125 – Alex Toth, Alex Nino art

Creepy v1 #125, 1981 - A traveling freak show arrives in a small rural town, where crowds immediately flock to see the twisted and bizarre. Alex Toth rarely inked other people's work, but here he supplies finishes over Carmine Infantino's pencils. There's enough similarity in styles to be compatible. Toth does tend to dominate, in this case clearly adding a disturbing dimension to the artwork. Read the rest of this entry »

Gale Storm / Four Color Comics v2 #1105 – Alex Toth art

Oh! Susanna, Gale Storm / Four Color Comics v2 #1105, 1960 - Based on the CBS television show of the same name, the stories mix light romance with humorous situations. Alex Toth's loose, but realistic drawing style (often used for Dell's comic adaptations) suits the tales perfectly. The opening panel of "The Sea Horse" comfortably squeezes in the perspective view of a cruise ship, establishing Read the rest of this entry »

Roy Rogers and Trigger #135 – Russ Manning art

Roy Rogers and Trigger v1 #135, 1958 - A young schoolmarm accompanies her uncle to a western town, only to discover his nefarious dealings. This Dales Evans short seems uncommonly heavy with dialogue, leaving less room than usual for Russ Manning's art. Still, the visual storytelling is clear and competently drawn. Although titled "The Turquoise Belt", the stolen object in question is barely Read the rest of this entry »

Wild Boy of the Congo #13 – Matt Baker cover

Matt Baker Wild Boy of the Congo v1 #13, 1955 - The title character attempts to stop a water buffalo from running amok in this terrific Matt Baker illustration. Unlike many golden age jungle comics, the anatomy of the animals looks fairly convincing. The muted colors are especially beautiful and enhance Baker's fine draftsmanship. On the bottom of the layout, a large splash of water separates Read the rest of this entry »

Classics Illustrated #144 / First Men in the Moon – Al Williamson art

Classics Illustrated v1 #144 / First Men in the Moon, 1958 - Adapting the H. G. Wells novel of the same name, artist George Woodbridge shows a less than impressive effort. At an ample forty-five pages, the publisher's strict panel grid almost always ensures monotonous layouts. Al Williamson, along with Angelo Torres, lends his colleague a hand, contributing at least partial inks. One source Read the rest of this entry »

In Love #5 – Jack Kirby cover

Jack Kirby In Love v1 #5, 1955 - Falling in love with a fireman, a young woman must come to terms with the dangers of his profession. In an issue with mostly forgettable artwork, Jack Kirby provides this tender cover illustration. As a fire continues to blaze in the background, a fireman gets medical attention while in his girlfriend's embrace. Although confined by the large masthead above and Read the rest of this entry »

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 »