I have more of your favorite thing today: COMIC BOOKS.
After days of depression mixed with disgust (too depressed for anger but I definitely could feel it that way if I let myself) over the actions of this "president" (whom I am going to continue to regard with the alleged status quotes provide), I just want to escape into a world that is not complicated by banning muslims, taking away women's choices about their bodies, or trying to ignore and censor science, and comic books has often provided that world.
I split up my comics galleries into three posts, so as to keep this one from being too huge to digest.
All content is re-posted if not with permission at least with credit to a really great blog to follow if you're a comic fan: http://pencilink.blogspot.com/
PENCIL INK (by someone named Ted "Teddy" Ignacio) bills itself as a blog to rate and review vintage comic books featuring the best artists of the 1940s through the 1990s. His list is rather short, but it includes Neal Adams, Jack Kirby, Alex Toth, John Byrne, Don Newton, Jim Starlin, Frank Brunner, Mike Ploog, Marshall Rodgers, Bernie Wrightson, and a few others. I believe I have all the artists featured on this blog entry in that list.
I have added links to all the PENCIL INK pages and copied some of the text for review. All credit to Teddy Ignacio. Follow him on Twitter @Pencilinkblog.
It's a great site, but I must confess that I do not look at it everyday.
This Captain America issue caught my eye as it was one of the earliest Cap issues I ever owned, though not my first.
I wrote of my adoration of Captain America and my first ever Captain America comic here:
I love this Kirby Cap cover for issue 106. It's so dynamic. It embodies the very best of why I love Kirby, but so do some of the Mister Miracle covers in this gallery. The escape artist thing connects well with my love for Houdini.
There's good stuff with John Byrne and The Champions, which is popular again due to a reboot.
There's one of my favorite DEADMAN images of all time. I wrote of DEADMAN here:
For today, enjoy this cover gallery, Mom. Can you see me showing you each issue, one at a time, as I would when a young boy?
Captain America #106 - Jack Kirby art & cover
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Kirby cover pencils (Frank Giacoia inks) = ***
"Cap Goes Wild" Kirby story pencils (Frank Giacoia inks) 25 pages = ****
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #26 - Marshall Rogers art (1st pro work)
Champions #11 - John Byrne artThe Champions v1 #11, 1977 - John Byrne takes over this series just prior to his run on the X-men. This would be his first team book for Marvel, giving the title a fresh contemporary look from the previous issues. Black Goliath joins the team after the cancellation of his own short-lived series, while Hawkeye and the Two Gun Kid make a guest appearance. Even with this multitude of characters, Byrne does a competent job at keeping the scenes organized with minimal confusion. His well-paced layouts also receive an impressive final polish by inker Bob Layton. Other artists in this issue include Gil Kane (cover). This is number 1 of 6 Champions issues with Byrne art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Byrne or Champions issues. See also this blog's Byrne checklist.
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Mister Miracle #4 - Jack Kirby art, cover & reprint
Tomb of Dracula #4 - non-attributed Neal Adams cover
Reflect and connect.
Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.
I miss you so very much, Mom.
Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.
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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1701.28 - 10:10
NOTE on time: When I post late, I had been posting at 7:10 a.m. because Google is on Pacific Time, and so this is really 10:10 EDT. However, it still shows up on the blog in Pacific time. So, I am going to start posting at 10:10 a.m. Pacific time, intending this to be 10:10 Eastern time. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom. But I am not going back and changing all the 7:10 a.m. times. But I will run this note for a while. Mom, you know that I am posting at 10:10 a.m. often because this is the time of your death.