Billy the Kid Adventure Magazine v1 #3, 1950 - Coming to the aid of a rancher, Rock Hudson and Bacon Bob run afoul of a villainous cowboy named Blackie and his trained cougar. Both Al Williamson's pencils and Frank Frazetta's inks give form and weight to the various western characters. The figure drawings are dynamically posed and in almost constant movement. Like their other collaborations, the artists' respective styles share just enough in common to work seamlessly together. Their renditions are ultimately attractive and compelling (enough to warrant later reprinting in John Wayne Adventure Comics #25). By comparison, "The Honor of Billy the Kid" reveals  Williamson clearly struggling on his own. His drawings lack both the precision and polish of the previous tale. Still, as a whole, this issue is the most aesthetically pleasing of the entire series. Other artists in this issue include Art Helfant and Leon WinikThis is number 1 of 1 Billy the Kid Adventure Magazine issues with Williamson art and/or covers and number 1 of 1 Billy the Kid Adventure Magazine issues with Frazetta art and/or covers (not including reprints).
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"The Honor of Billy the Kid" Williamson pencils and inks 8 pages = **

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Haunt of Horror v2 #1, 1974 - A lengthy text story features art by Walt Simonson, interspersed among several pages. The largest is nearly a two page spread toward the beginning. Unfortunately, his art shows more enthusiasm than skill, suggesting this was done a few years earlier than publication. This is number 2 of 2 Haunt of Horror issues with Simonson art and/or covers. Other artists in this issue include Ralph Reese and Alfredo Alcala.
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"Heartstop" Simonson pencils and inks 16 text illos (black and white) = **

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Matt Baker
Teen-age Romances v1 #19, 1951 - Matt Baker fills this entire issue with his resplendent drawings. Six stories of varying lengths chronicle the love lives of different women and the choices they make. Thematically, the most interesting is "Window Shopping for Love", where a girl becomes enamored with a painting at first, then the male model that posed for it. Artistically, all six tales are preciously rendered. To offset large amounts of dialogue and narration, the artist uses graphic devices (scrolls, hearts, etc.) to maintain the reader's interest. Baker's elegant cover replicates the opening scene in "I Betrayed My Sweetheart" and improves upon it further by streamlining the layout (this same story was later reprinted in Going Steady #14). This is number 19 of 42 Teen-age Romances issues with Baker art and/or covers.
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"Jealousy Made Me a Liar" Baker story pencils and inks 2 pages (black & white) = ***
"I Was Always On the Make" Baker story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***
"I Was an Opportunist" Baker story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***
"They Whispered Shameless" Baker story pencils and inks 6 pages = ***
"Window Shopping for Love" Baker story pencils and inks 3 pages = ***

"I Betrayed My Sweetheart" Baker story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***

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Eclipse Monthly v1 #3, 1983 - In the third installment of Cap'n Quick and a Foozle, Marshall Rogers' art continues to innovate and entertain. The last three pages are particularly good due to the seemingly elastic panel shapes. Steve Ditko's Static makes his 3rd appearance as well. Some pages have too many panels with too much dialogue. Still, the artist compensates with his eclectic drawing style and visual effects. Other artists in this issue include Gene Colan. This is number 3 of 5 Eclipse Monthly issues with Rogers art and/or covers and number 3 of 3 Eclipse Monthly issues with Ditko art and/or covers.
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"Never Trust a Foozle"
Rogers pencils and inks 10 pages = ***

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From Beyond the Unknown v1 #2, 1970 - Trying to resurrect the science fiction genre, DC publishes this reprint-heavy series. This second issue features an Alex Toth tale originally printed in Strange Adventures #12. Other artists in this issue include Carmine Infantino and Bernard Sachs.

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From Beyond the Unknown v1
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Red Sonja v3 #3, 1983 - As invaders lay siege on the walled city of Alwazar, Red Sonja allies herself with its defenders. For a second time, Nestor Redondo provide the inks for Mary Wilshire's pencils/layouts, with splendid results. Most impressive is the two-page panoramic spread of the city (pages 2-3). Redondo's detailed landscape adds grandeur and scale, setting the story's tone from the beginning. Curiously, the artist only inks the first 19 of 38 total pages, relinquishing the rest to Rudy Nebres, Danny Bulanadi and Akin & Garvey. This is number 2 of 2 Red Sonja v3 issues with Redondo art and/or covers.
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Carl Barks

Unpublished original artwork from Uncle Scrooge #8. The artist often drew his originals in half-pages, combining them in the final production.  Barks edited his own stories, omitting scenes where he deemed necessary.


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Man-Thing v1 #10, 1974 - A demonic gorgon is manifested by an old woman's hatred, threatening her husband and their loyal canine. Mike Ploog's drawings are marginally better than his previous issue. As the story progresses, his style asserts itself over the sometimes sloppy inks of Frank Chiaramonte. The climactic confrontation between demon and Man-Thing (pgs. 22-26) shows Ploog at his spontaneous best. Cover by Gil Kane and Tom Palmer. This is number 6 of 7 Man-Thing issues with Ploog art and/or covers.
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"Nobody Dies Forever" Ploog story pencils (Frank Chiaramonte inks) 17 pages = ***

Man-Thing v1 #10 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book page art by Mike Ploog
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Neal Adams
Superman v1 #317, 1977 - Embittered with rage, Superman seems to threaten anyone in his close proximity. Other artists in this issue include Curt Swan. Neal Adams' layout is straightforward, but uses radial lines to increase the scene's intensity. The hero's face is shadowed, suggesting a darker side to his persona. Adams delivers a work of high emotional and visual impact.
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Weird Mystery Tales v1 #5, 1973 - A young woman's relentless nightmares lead her to the actual house portrayed in her dreams. Alex Nino's overly distorted figures and faces capture the mood perfectly. His graphically sharp style is effective and unnerving. Impeccable layouts and sequences (see interior page below) further add to the story's eeriness. Other artists in this issue include Alfredo Alcala, Rico Rival and Jack Sparling (cover). This is number 1 of 6 Weird Mystery Tales issues with Nino art and/or covers.
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"Dream House" Nino story pencils and inks 6 pages = ***

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