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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #595 - New Comic Cover Gallery 2017 pt.3

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #595 - New Comic Cover Gallery 2017 pt.3

Hi Mom,

I love these comic book show and tells.

Once again, I want to give credit to a great blogger in the blogosphere. Ted Ignacio runs a great web site called Pencil Ink, where he posts from his extensive comic book collection dedicated to small list of artists whom he feels are the best artists from the 1940s-1990s.

So here's another installment because when I downloaded a bunch of covers,  I split up the comics into four parts, and this is part three. Here's the previous two:



There's a bunch of comics I love because I own them, such as the John Carter of Mars comic. I will admit that I had not even heard of John Carter until the comics started coming out. With the exception of Tarzan, I discovered all the Howard, Burroughs, and Lovecraft stuff via comic books first. I have now read many of the John Carter novels, though not all of them. Though some purists may criticize the comics, I love them and they have a dear place in my heart. Though I missed a couple of issues, I managed to collect them all during the tail end of my high school years. I now own two different collected volumes.

I also love these Jack Kirby Mister Miracle comics. The escape artist super hero thing really connected with my love for Houdini and magic. And I think this is some of Kirby's most dynamic and exciting work. There's a feeling I get intuitively when I read Kirby's DC work from the 1970s. The comics transport me to a point in my life that was timeless and full of possibility. In fact, the comics feel somewhat hallucinatory, and my connections brings me back to a time in my life or pure imagination, when, protected by my parents from the world, I lived almost entirely in an imaginative world. Thanks, Jack. I need to remember that time often.

But there's something else in those comics or that those comics evoke. Something I can't quite identify. This will require more thought.

The special issue featuring the Superman-Flash race is also a favorite, especially given my admiration of Neal Adams and the beautiful pages he drew for this Treasury issue, admiration shared by Ted Ignacio.

And though I love all these covers otherwise I would not share them, there are two from Marvel's Epic Illustrated especially dear to my heart because I worked at Epic. I had the pleasure of doing a college internship in New York City and being able to go every day to Marvel Comics and work in the Epic Illustrated department. Since the department was near the copy machine, I got to meet many great artists and writers, such as Chris Claremont, Walt Simonson, Kurt Busiek, Elaine Lee, June Brigman, and Bill Sienkiewicz.

Looking back, I wish I had done more to make a place for myself at Marvel Comics and returned there after graduation to work for a few years. My life would have taken a much different path if I had made that choice.





Epic Illustrated #25 - Bernie Wrightson art, Jeff Jones cover

Epic Illustrated v1 #25, 1984 - Regal and serene, Jeff Jones' painted cover is a stark contrast to Bernie Wrightson's artwork inside. When a woman accidentally kills her impulsive husband, she decides to dismember the body. The panels include nudity and excessive violence, themes not unfamiliar to the artist. The disturbing imagery is nonetheless well drawn. In style and execution, the work is comparable to Wrightson's Creepshow movie adaptation. Other artists in this issue include Ken Steacy and John Bolton. This is number 1 of 2 Epic Illustrated issues with Wrightson art and/or covers and number 1 of 1 Epic Illustrated issues with Jones art and/or covers. See today's posts or more JonesWrightson or Epic Illustrated issues. See also this blog's Jones checklistWrightson checklist or Top 10 Wrightson comics.
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John Carter Warlord of Mars #26 - Frank Miller cover

Frank Miller
John Carter Warlord of Mars v1 #26, 1979 - Unlike the previous issue, Frank Miller's hand is clearly evident here. It is a complex patchwork of multiple figures, but three are emphasized by color. The main characters are in the thick of the action, and the artist's figure drawings are better than most. Foreground swords tilt toward the focal point, a common but effective device often used by Miller. As chaotic as the scene looks at first glance, it is surprisingly balanced and well designed. This is number 3 of 3 John Carter Warlord of Mars issues with Miller art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Miller or John Carter Warlord of Mars issues. See also this blog's Frank Miller checklist.
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Limited Collectors Edition #C-48 / Superman vs Flash - non-attributed Neal Adams art

Limited Collectors Edition v1 #C-48 / Superman vs Flash, 1976 - Two spectacular races between Superman and the Flash are reprinted here for the first time. The stories were originally published in Superman #199 and Flash #175. Aside from the Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez cover, the new material includes six superbly drawn pages by Neal Adams. Informative in tone, Superman takes the reader on a tour of his Fortress of Solitude. The treasury-sized format allows for greater detail on some pages, while emphasizing scale on others (see interior page below). Other artists in this issue include Curt Swan and Ross AndruSee today's posts or more Adams or Limited Collectors Edition issues. See also this blog's Adams checklist or Top 10 Adams comics.
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"Superman's Fortress of Solitude" Adams story pencils (Dick Giordano inks) 6 pages = ****
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Neal Adams


Madame Xanadu #1 - Marshall Rogers art

Madame Xanadu v1 #1, 1981 - Madame Xanadu makes an appearance in this one-shot bronze age issue. It contains Marshall Rogers' longest story to date, done at the height of his popularity. Well paced and sequenced, every panel is beautifully drawn and a small masterwork in themselves. The captivating panel sequences on page three and the dramatic full page of two conjured demons on page 19 (see interior page below) are two of the story's many highlights. Mike Kaluta provides the the intricately designed cover, which looks even better repeated on the back cover sans text. His fold-out poster is a pleasant bonus and is lovingly illustrated as well. UK artist Brian Bolland, whose Camelot 3000 series would soon make its debut, also contributes a short science fiction story. This is number 1 of 1 Madame Xanadu issues with Rogers art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Rogers or Madame Xanadu issues. See also this blog's Rogers checklist or Top 10 Rogers comics.





Marvel Treasury Edition #6 / Doctor Strange - Frank Brunner art & cover, Frank Brunner / Neal Adams, Steve Ditko reprint

Marvel Treasury Edition v1 #6 / Doctor Strange, 1975 - Like most of the other treasury editions, this is essentially a compilation of previously published stories. Among these are works by Steve Ditko (Strange Tales #111, Strange Tales #146) and Frank Brunner / Neal Adams (Marvel Premiere #10). As the current Dr. Strange artist at the time, Brunner delivers an exceptional new cover. The hero emerges from a window-like portal while Clea floats mysteriously in the background. The ornate pattern not only reinforces the symmetry of the layout but adds sophistication as well. Brunner also contributes a masterfully composed pin-up page and back cover (see page below). With the exception of Howard the Duck, Dr. Strange would be Brunner's most memorable signature character. Other artists in this issue include Gene Colan, Marie Severin and Dan Adkins. This is number 1 of 2 Marvel Treasury issues with Brunner art, reprints and/or covers. See today's posts or more BrunnerAdamsDitkoDoctor Strange or Marvel Treasury issues. See also this blog's Adams checklistTop 10 Adams comicsBrunner checklistTop 10 Brunner comics or Ditko checklist.



Mister Miracle #2 - Jack Kirby art & cover

Mister Miracle v1 #2, 1971 - Granny Goodness, one of Mister Miracle's deadliest foes, makes her first appearance. Mean and cantankerous, she is arguably one of Jack Kirby's most original characters (among many) within his Fourth World universe. Kirby's cover is disappointingly staid and less dynamic than his usual effort. His interior story, however, starts with a cleverly paced countdown that leads to two explosive splash pages. The machine-tooled frames on the panels of page 1-3 are details added to increase interest without obstructing the main characters. Kirby continues to entertain readers with new ideas, inventive forms and constantly moving visuals. This is number 2 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.
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Jack Kirby





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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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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