Friday, September 13, 2013

Comic Collection Pick Ups

Landed a few more vintage comics for my collection.

I nabbed this lower grade copy of STRANGE TALES #107. These days this issue is in high demand because of the Sub-Mariner/Human Torch battle story. The feature story is not very good--scripted by Larry Leiber and written and penciled by Dick Ayers. Ayers was not one of Marvel's better writers in those days...there's a goofy quality to his stories that never sat well with me. Yeah, I know that they're for kids--but some of them were too silly for me even when I was a child.

Kirby was so creative that it's hard to fathom how he did it. Here we see his S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury and Hyrdra ideas. These are iconic works that are still being exploited today to the tune of well over a billion dollars. And Kirby got none of that reward and his family gets none of that profit, all because of a thieving bastard shill.
I bought a number of war comics by Sam Glanzman. Glanzman is probably the best war comics writer/artist to work the industry. The guy is brilliant and is one of the most underappreciated comic creators in the industry.


Henry R. Kujawa said...

The first comic-books we ever got were from a coffee shop magazine rack on the Chesapeake Bay ferry boat back in the summer of '63.

It really reflects our different personalities and tastes, that my brother got a WAR comic, and I got a western-- about a HORSE.

Yep-- he got BATTLEFIELD ACTION, I got BLACK FURY. (Sounds like an early-70's comic, don't it? heh) Both Charltons, and both, oddly enough, with Luis Dominguez art in it (he was a good friend of Arnold Drake).

The BA comic had a cover and story by SAM GLANZMAN! When I looked back on it decades later, I initially mistook him for Gene Colan. He was that "different" from the other guys.

James Robert Smith said...

One of the best things that Marvel did way back when they were publishing all of those graphic novels was to do that Glanzman autobiography. A SAILOR'S STORY? I've forgotten the title, but not the book. In fact, I wouldn't mind owning that one again.