Saturday, October 6, 2012

DC Comics Presents #36 - Jim Starlin art & cover


DC Comics Presents v1 #36, 1981 - The third Starman (Prince Gavyn), introduced only a year before in Adventure Comics #467, joins forces with Superman against the alien Mongul. Unlike previous issues in this series, Jim Starlin handles both pencilling and inking chores. The resulting pages are visually engaging, combining inventive layouts with precise rendering. Perhaps most compelling is the expertly choreographed fight between Superman and Mongul on pages 19-21. This is number 5 of 7 DC Comics Presents issues with Starlin art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Starlin or DC Comics Presents issues. See also this blog's Starlin checklist or Top 10 Starlin comics.
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Starlin cover pencils and inks = ***
"Whatever Happend to Starman?" Starlin story pencils and inks 25 pages = ****
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2 comments to date:

Tim Butler said...

One of the best, most relentless super fights in comics. All the more so, because it's basically a pointless diversion. I always got a morbid sense of satisfaction in watching Superman getting pounded flat. I would, routinely, reach for this one whenever I wanted to show my friends how a fight should be depicted in comics. Great review.

Ted I said...

I agree. Jim Starlin fight scenes were among the best choreographed in comics, second only to Jack Kirby. Thanks for your comments.