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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #581 - New Comic Cover Gallery 2017 pt.2


Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #581 - New Comic Cover Gallery 2017 pt.2

Hi Mom, I have been busy studying for a test and catching up on work that did not get done last week. I am more or less caught up, and test studying is going a little slowly, but it is in process.

So, to make up time, I am posting another comic book cover gallery. When I posted the previous cover gallery


on January 28th, I had split all the covers I wanted to share in three parts, so here's part two of three.

I imagine you reading some of these comics because when you were a young girl, you liked the romance comics, which means you may have looked at some of these great comics by Matt Baker.

One of my favorite comics book artists of all time is John Romita, who got his start in romance comics. I wrote about my love for Romita, Sr. here:


But Matt Baker is just as amazing and almost unknown, especially among the majority of comic fans. Only the most hardcore fans who dig deep and those who study the history of the genre (many artists) know Baker's work, much of which was unattributed during his life.

Tragically, Baker died of a heart attack at the age of 37, in 1959, just as the comic industry was about to enter its Silver Age. It would be great to have seen what work Baker could have produced had he lived.

Also, it's worth noting that Baker was African-American. He is believed to be the first African-American artist in comics, at least he is the first one to receive credit by name.

Matt Baker Wiki with links to other resources.

Here's something cool. Baker's picture novel, It Rhymes With Lust, is available for download at the Digital Comic museum HERE.

Mom, so as we imagine that I am showing you these comics one by one, and we are talking a bout about them, discussing my love for capes, which is evident in several choices here, such as The Phantom Stranger, Warlock, and also Dracula.

The inclusion of Tomb of Dracula  #6 is notable as my first Dracula comic from childhood, and so I add the tag here for "My Oldest," which is my category collecting posts that relate to my oldest comics. There's a similar MY OLDEST CATEGORY at my T-shirt Blog: LINK HERE.

Again credit to the Pencil Ink blogger Ted Ignacio with links and some of his text, reprinted here, with due credit given.

Enjoy looking at all the art.




1st Issue Special #12 / Starman - Joe Kubert cover

First Issue Special v1 #12 featuring Starman, 1976 - DC introduces its bronze age version of Starman, a separate version of the golden age hero with no common traits. Joe Kubert draws an appropriately bold cover of the alien superhero, dodging a flying saucer's blast. The World Trade Center is prominently displayed in the background, though not in the story itself. Kubert's impressive effort is far superior to the interior art by Mike Vosburg. The issue also includes a fine Neal Adams public service ad, which appeared in several DC titles around the same month. This is number 2 of 2 First Issue Special issues with Kubert art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kubert or 1st Issue Special issues. See also this blog's Kubert checklist.
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Tomb of Dracula #6 - Neal Adams cover

Tomb of Dracula v1 #6, 1973 - The title character leans over his victim, only to be startled by a monstrosity. Neal Adams' superb drawing is a tad looser than his other bronze age covers for Marvel. The inks suggest another hand, perhaps frequent collaborator Dick Giordano. Curiously, the lighting on the figures is inconsistent, with the monster lit from below, Dracula from the right and the woman not at all. Despite that small distraction, Adams does an aesthetically pleasing job overall. Other artists in this issue include Gene Colan and Tom Palmer. This is number 3 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.
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Adams cover pencils (DIck GIordano inks) = ***







Warlock v2 #2 - Jim Starlin cover & reprints

Warlock v2 #2, 1982 - Reprints of Strange Tales #180 (remaining pages), Strange Tales #181 and Warlock #9 reside in this edition. Accompanying them is a new Jim Starlin cover, recreating Warlock's battle with the Magus. The hero reels from the impact of the attack, his body momentarily suspended in space. Superbly drawn, it's easily the most dynamic cover of this series. This is number 2 of 6 Warlock v2 issues with Starlin art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Starlin or Warlock issues. See also this blog's Starlin checklist or Top 10 Starlin comics.



Weird War Tales v1 #31, 1974 - Though set on an alien world, Alex Nino's apocalyptic tale seems all too familiar. The costumes seem to be inspired by ancient Aztec civilization, as well as one of their violent rituals. The graphically textured style is one the artist is well known for. His distorted figures and faces are mildly disturbing, yet indisputably fascinating. Full page splashes are uncommon in Nino's bronze age works, yet this story begins with a stunning illustration boldly composed and full of complexity. Other artists in this issue include Franc Reyes, Bill Draut and Luis Domingez (cover). This is number 8 of 13 Weird War Tales issues with Nino art. See today's posts or more Nino or Weird War Tales issues. See also this blog's Nino checklist.
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"Doomsday" Nino story pencils and inks 6 pages = ***



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 - 1702.07 - 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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