Exceptionally drawn, this Barry Smith cover was originally slated for New Mutants #43.

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Time Warp v1 #1, 1979 - One of DC's few science fiction titles during the bronze age, Time Warp displays a collection of short stories within the large dollar format. Steve Ditko's pair of stories set the tone, generally meeting expectations. "Forecast", the shorter tale, is more graphically interesting despite the page length. Don Newton's tale of a planetary rescue is competently drawn, despite the small panel sizes. Other artists in this issue include Rich Buckler, Dick Giordano, Tom Sutton, Jim Aparo, Jerry Grandenetti and Michael Kaluta (cover). This is number 1 of 4 Time Warp issues with Ditko art and/or covers and number 1 of 5 Time Warp issues with Newton art and/or covers.
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"Forecast" Ditko story pencils and inks 3 pages = ***
"Rescue" Newton story pencils (Dan Adkins inks) 6 pages = ***

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 Matt Baker
Teen-age Temptations v1 #7, 1954 - In "No Hiding Place", Marla finds a small town to restart her life, only to be blackmailed about her sordid past. Matt Baker's cover is interestingly composed, with its strong diagonal emphasis. His story art, unfortunately, is less impressive. The layouts are conservative and his pencils are mostly hidden by Jim Mooney's inks. The opening splash is quite frankly unrecognizable. "I Married a Bigamist" features small town girl Marla, who runs off to wed a salesman that's already married. Baker's artwork employs varied panel shapes and compositions. His thoughtfully drawn settings and characters make this tale the standout of the entire issue. This is number 7 of 9 Teenage Temptations issues with Baker art and/or covers.
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"No Hiding Place" Baker story pencils (Jim Mooney inks) 9 pages = **

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Frank Miller
What If (Phoenix had not died?) v1 #27, 1981 - The landmark issue X-men #137 is newly interpreted with an alternate ending. The cover by Frank Miller is not among his best efforts. The composition is all too common and the drawings are hurriedly drawn. The edges of the Phoenix's flame is too prominent, moving the character into a separate, unintended space. The remaining X-men appear too loosely defined and poorly executed. Oddly enough, Phoenix's rendition bears a strong resemblance to the artist Alex Nino. Other artists in this issue include Jerry Bingham, John Stuart, Ron Wilson and Bruce Patterson. This is the number 1 of 3 What If issues with Miller art and/or covers.
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Neal Adams
Our Fighting Forces v1 #147, 1974 - Drawn from a madman's perspective, a tightly-gripped gun becomes the main focal point of the cover. Neal Adams increases depth by placing the main characters in mid-ground with German tanks in the far distance. Impeccably drawn, the artist reserves most of the details in the foreground. Adams also intensifies the scene by crowding the hand with barriers on either side. This is his sole effort on this war title. Other artists in this issue include John Severin. This is number 1 of 1 Our Fighting Forces issues with Adams art and/or covers. 
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Western Roundup v1 #20, 1957 - Saving the best for last, this Dell Giant finishes off with a Dale Evans story by Russ Manning. Just like the fable, a boy with a reputation for mischief runs afoul of real danger. Manning's polished lines give the drawings a sharpness that stands out from the rest of the book. His depictions of western-era interiors on certain pages (pgs 4, 5 and others) are utterly convincing. Another tale, "Tension in Tumbleweed", has been credited to Alex Toth in some comic guides, but other sources dispute this and I have to agree. Toth's work does appear in 2 other issues of Western Roundup. This is number 7 of 10 Western Roundup issues with Manning art and/or covers.
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Nestor Redondo

Eerie v3 #136, 1982 - Brightly colored in flaming hues, this magazine cover introduces a new intergalactic hero. Fending off a volcano creature, Starlad stands his ground in this fine Nestor Redondo painting. The richness in color and skillful gradations are hallmarks of a seasoned veteran. Interestingly, the accompanying story art inside (by Vic Catan) mimics Redondo's lush style but lacks nuance upon closer inspection. Other artists in this issue include Howard Chaykin, Rudy Nebres, Luis Bermejo, Bill Draut, Fred Carrillo and E.R. Cruz.
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Jim Starlin (1949-) - After serving his country in Vietnam, Starlin pursued his artistic talents in earnest during the 1970s. His muscular, exaggerated style was perfectly suited for Marvel. His first professional assignment was partially inking John Romita's pencils in Amazing Spider-man #113. Soon afterward, he would begin experimenting with layouts and repetitive sequencing. He also had a dynamic figure drawing style that was evident on Captain Marvel, Strange Tales and Warlock. In the latter titles, Starlin would develop new levels of complexity in his artwork. After a stint at DC during the 1980s, Marvel lured him back with the prospect of launching his own creator-owned series Dreadstar. To his credit, many of Starlin's imagery and ideas appear decades later in today's Avengers movies. More on wikipedia

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Joe Kubert
Tarzan of the Apes v1 #224, 1972 - When word of Queen La's troubles reaches Tarzan, he immediately returns to her fabled kingdom. Joe Kubert contrasts the opulence of Opar against the savagery of its primitive residents. His pacing and layouts are purposefully planned. Kubert's most aggressive imagery is saved for the story's climax, as La's giant deformed brother is ordered to execute her. His brutish size and strength is emphasized through the artist's clever use of large vertical panels. This is number 17 of 43 Tarzan issues with Kubert art and/or covers (not including reprints).
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Death Is My Brother" Kubert story pencils and inks 18 pages = ***

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Machine Man (limited series) v2 #4, 1985 - A final battle between the Iron Man of 2020 and Machine Man comprise the anticipated climax of this limited series. Unlike the previous three issues, Barry Windsor Smith produces the artwork in its entirety. The layouts, pacing and above all, the drawings are breathtaking. The fight scenes are violent but not gratuitous, yet beautifully choreographed. Other pages are equally impressive, including the group dynamics of the opening splash, the expansive citywide view from above (see interior page below) and poignant farewells in the epilogue. This is Smith at his very best. This is number 4 of 4 Machine Man v2 issues with Smith art and/or covers.
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"Victory"
Smith story pencils and inks 23 pages = *****

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Creepy v1 #92, 1977 - Reprinting the cover from Eerie v3 #23, the issue contains both new and old material. Frank Frazetta's original is far better, having fewer page elements to compete with. Other artists in this issue include John Severin, Richard Corben, Ramon Torrents, Russ Heath, Esteban Maroto, Jose Sanchez and Leo Duranona.

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Rampaging Hulk v1 #3, 1977 - Walt Simonson's third and final story art for the series mostly struggles to be recognizable. Alfredo Alcala, a fine artist in his own right, overwhelms the pencils with his distinctive inking. Despite the innovative panel layout on page 16 and the climactic spread of the Hulk defeating his foe on pages 32-33, Simonson's style is barely evident. Other artists in this issue include Sal Buscema, Rudy Nebres and Earl Norem (cover). This is number 3 of 3 Rampaging Hulk issues with Simonson art and/or covers.
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