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Donald Duck #26 - Cark Barks art & cover
Carl Barks Donald Duck v1 #26, 1952 - Donald Duck finally debuts in his own self-titled series. The numbering continues from the previous Four Color Comics issues. Carl Barks delivers a delightfully entertaining Halloween tale. Donald refuses to give out treats to his nephews, doling out tricks instead. A witch intervenes on their behalf, pitting her magic against Donald's stubbornness. Carl

Mike Ploog original artwork - Werewolf by Night #13 title page
Mike Ploog In this page from Werewolf by Night #13, you can clearly see Will Eisner's influence in Mike Ploog's work. - - - - - - - - - - Home / Artworks / Ploog artworks ebay  >Ploog original artworks

Star Spangled War Stories #149 - Joe Kubert art, cover & reprint
Joe Kubert Star Spangled War Stories presents Enemy Ace v1 #149, 1970 - Reunited with a ill-tempered colleague from his early flight training days, Enemy Ace tests his own level of trust. The cover and story art share a spaciousness not uncommon throughout Joe Kubert's run. His two-page spread at the beginning is a high point, melding the title with his illustration. This story was later

Richard Dragon, Kung Fu Fighter #8 - Wally Wood art
Richard Dragon, Kung Fu Fighter v1 #8, 1976 - A mediocre splash opens Wally Wood's last effort on the series. Richard Dragon and Lady Shiva confront an old foe in a rather clumsy metaphorical layout. Thankfully, the art on the remaining pages more than compensates. Wood's inks are strongly felt in every scene, in particular Shiva's prisoner interrogation (see interior page below). The sharp

Space Clusters / DC graphic novel #7 - Alex Nino art & cover
Alex Nino Space Clusters / DC graphic novel v1 #7, 1986 - Searching the galaxy for an elusive rogue art smuggler, an officer in the Terran Planetary Corps stops at nothing to find him. At forty-six pages, this is Alex Nino's longest story to date. Filled with spectacular layouts and exceptional drawings, no two compositions are the same, despite the length. The colors are vivid throughout the

Ewoks #10 - mis-attributed Al Williamson art
Ewoks v1 #10, 1986 - Listed in some price guides as having Al Williamson inks, this issue only contains art by Warren Kremer and longtime Spider-man artist John Romita. The story continues from Droids #4, another Star Wars spin-off title under the Star Comics imprint. - - - - - - - - - - Home / Williamson / Ewoks ebay  >Williamson >Ewoks

World's Finest Comics #255 - Steve Ditko, Don Newton art
World's Finest Comics v1 #255, 1979 - Jack Ryder intervenes in a blackmail plot, pitting the Creeper against the the knife-throwing Dagger Lady. Steve Ditko's simplistic drawings are unfortunately all too common in the late bronze age. Bulletman and Bulletgirl guest star in the Shazam feature, aiding the Marvel Family in defeating the seductress Dreamdancer. Don Newton's engaging artwork resides

Zorro / Four Color Comics v2 #960 - Alex Toth art
Walt Disney's Zorro / Four Color Comics v2 #960, 1958 - Zorro temporarily aids the police to upset the plans of a gang of conspirators. The opening page briefly recaps the hero's identity and motivations. For the most part, Alex Toth sticks to the six panel grid for the layouts of both stories. Unlike the previous issue, the artist completes each page with great skill and care. There are many

Sin City trade paperback - Frank Miller cover & reprints
Frank Miller Sin City trade paperback, 1993 - Perhaps the first to house the complete Sin City saga in one place, this trade paperback reprints all 12 episodes of Dark Horse Presents from two years prior. Frank Miller supplies a powerful new cover for the occasion. Another trade paperback was also published in the same year, but with different Miller artwork and a red cover. - - - - - - - -

Marvel Team-Up #27 - Jim Starlin cover
Jim Starlin Marvel Team-Up v1 #27, 1974 - Spider-man and the Incredible Hulk battle it out as a terrified bystander looks on. Jim Starlin's cover leaves little room for breathing space but the carefully designed layout radiates with excitement. A web pattern emerges from the left corner, leading the eye toward the combatants. On the right, the Hulk's brute strength is reinforced by the flying

Tarzan #63 - Russ Manning art
Tarzan v1 #63, 1954 - Their travel halted by warriors, the Brothers of the Spear unknowingly trespass onto the Obelo tribe's territory. Exotic costumes and rich foliage makes this Russ Manning effort more visually interesting. His layouts and sequences also continue to evolve and improve. In a separate tale, Tarzan and Boy aid a female explorer whose bearers turn on her and take her prisoner.

Giant-size Conan the Barbarian #1 - Barry Windsor Smith reprint
Giant-size Conan the Barbarian v1 #1, 1975 - Adapting Robert E. Howard's Hour of the Dragon, Gil Kane and Tom Sutton do a marvelous job with this original Conan story. The main feature is supplemented by a Barry Smith reprint from Conan #3. Cover by Gil Kane and Ernie Chua. - - - - - - - - - - Home / Smith / Conan the Barbarian ebay  >this issue >Smith >Conan the Barbarian

Our Army at War #152 - Joe Kubert art & cover
Joe Kubert Our Army at War v1 #152 featuring Sgt. Rock, 1965 - Transporting a group of young replacements, Rock inspires them with stories of uncommon heroes within Easy company. This full length tale leaves out the usual supporting characters until the end. Joe Kubert obscures the faces of the new soldiers, emphasizing the unit over individuals. Overall, the artwork is bit loose and the

Marvel Premiere #57 / Dr. Who - Walt Simonson cover
Walt Simonson Marvel Premiere v1 #57 featuring Dr. Who, 1981 - Although touted on the cover, the character's first US comics appearance was in Doctor Who and The Daleks in 1966. Marvel begins reprinting stories from their UK editions, featuring writing by Pat Mills. Walt Simonson contributes the original cover, an appropriately quirky portrait of the English time traveler. Despite the cover

World's Finest Comics #167 - Jack Kirby reprint
World's Finest Comics v1 #167, 1967 - Along with the usual Superman/Batman feature, the issue includes a Jack Kirby back-up tale. Originally from House of Secrets #3, this mystery story seems oddly out of place in this superhero series. Other artists in this issue include Curt Swan. - - - - - - - - - - Home / Kirby / World's Finest ebay  >this issue >Kirby >World's Finest

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