Monday, June 01, 2009

Horwitz Strange Tales #6: Bramley vs Kirby

I was very, very happy to get this one in the mail this morning. This is issue #6 of the Horwitz series, Strange Tales and the book is virtually a straight reprint of Journey Into Mystery #88.

The best part about this comic is the cover - but then I believe that the Maurice Bramley covers are always the best things about the Horwitz books and this is no exception. The cover itself is not so much a Bramley swipe, but an adaption of the original splash page as drawn by Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers. The key, as it is with virtually all of Bramley's covers, is in the detail. You could argue, and probably quite successfully, that Kirby's original art is very dynamic, but it does lack the sheer detail that Bramley managed to insert into his cover - and if you think I'm joking then check out the detail, even down to the boots.

The one aspect that does let Bramley down is the static pose that he's placed Thor in. His Loki works far better but this is still a splendid cover from an artist who is largely overlooked in this day and age. Check out the planets in the background. Bramley having a bit of a fun with the readers here.

Published circa 1963

Contents: The Vengeance Of Loki by Stan Lee; Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers (Journey Into Mystery #88)
Behind Locked Doors by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Journey Into Mystery #88)
Long Live The Queen by Stan Lee & Don Heck (Journey Into Mystery #88)
Pirates by Maurice Bramley (1page, Australian original)

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