Hey, Mom! The Explanation.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #571 - New Comic Cover Gallery 2017 pt.1

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #571 - New Comic Cover Gallery 2017 pt.1

Hey Mom,

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

Captain America v1 #106, 1968 - Jack Kirby continues his exceptional streak on this series. This frenetic cover, however, has always baffled me due to its poor foreshortening of limbs. A replicate Steve Rogers threatens the real Cap, though it's not especially obvious until you read the story. The antagonist's arms and legs seem stunted, almost dwarf-like in nature. Inside, Kirby delivers over twenty pages of superbly drawn and composed pages. Two splashes help in the pacing, including one of the hero in dramatic mid-leap. This is number 7 of 34 Captain America issues with Kirby art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kirby or Captain America issues. See also this blog's Kirby checklist.
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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)

Deadly Hands of Kung Fu v1 #26, 1976 - A pleasant surprise awaits those who open this kung-fu themed magazine. Marshall Rogers does his first work for Marvel with an inside front cover illustration of Bruce Lee. Graphically rendered, the kung fu legend's muscles are taut and well defined. His hands extend toward the reader in an interesting maze of black and white shapes. This duel portrait is capably designed, and prefaces Rogers' excellent work to come in this series. Other artists in this issue include Jim Sherman, Tony DeZuniga and the Tribe. This is number 1 of 3 Deadly Hands of Kung Fu issues with Rogers art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Rogers or Deadly Hands of Kung Fu issues. See also more firsts, this blog's Rogers checklist or Top 10 Rogers comics.





Champions #11 - John Byrne art

 The 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

Mister Miracle v1 #4, 1971 - Big Barda, the woman warrior of Apokolips, makes her first appearance in this issue. She would become a significant supporting character on the series and a key ally of Mister Miracle. The frenetic, action-packing scenes are made more so with Jack Kirby's roomy panels. Most pages are quartered into four sections, each painstakingly designed, especially pages 1-3. High points include the relatively quiet opening splash of Barda in full military regalia and a demonstration of her brute strength on page six, panel five. Kirby allows too many text elements to muddy up the cover, but note how the stone arch in the background conveniently follows the curve of the masthead. Golden age Simon & Kirby reprints also begin with this issue (in this case Detective Comics #82). This is number 4 of 18 Mr. Miracle issues with Kirby art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kirby or Mister Miracle issues. See also this blog's Kirby checklist.




Tomb of Dracula #4 - non-attributed Neal Adams cover

Tomb of Dracula v1 #4, 1972 - Not widely known, this early Tomb of Dracula cover was heavily reworked from a Neal Adams illustration. The two villagers are all that remain from the original, their stances and facial expressions consistent with the artist's style. The encroaching vampires and background were added by John Romita, presumably to satisfy the publisher's request (I have yet to see a scan of the original). Other artists in this issue include Gene Colan and Tom Palmer. This is number 2 of 3 Tomb of Dracula issues with Adams art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Adams or Tomb of Dracula issues. See also this blog's Adams checklist or Top 10 Adams comics.


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.
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