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Tom Kraft's picture
Posted by: Tom Kraft | December 31, 2011

Inker for these pages?

I've indicated Joe Simon but based on Patrick's quotes and information in the forum's Golden Age topic it is less likely to be Joe. Could it be Mort Meskin?

An interesting feature of this page is that the inker scrapped the paper to make motion lines instead of white-out, but used white-out in other places (perhaps by someone else). Did Joe ever do this?

John S.'s picture
Posted by: John S. | December 31, 2011

Inker

Looks like Kirby's inking to me.

patrick ford's picture
Posted by: patrick ford | December 31, 2011

Marvin Stein?

It doesn't look like Simon or Kirby to me.
It's got to be the same guy who inked this:
http://whatifkirby.com/gallery/comic-art-listings/alarming-tales-issue-2...
and this:
http://whatifkirby.com/gallery/comic-art-listings/alarming-tales-issue-2...
The inking isn't as tight as the Space Busters page inked by Stein, but he seems like the best bet.
http://whatifkirby.com/gallery/comic-art-listings/space-busters-promotion-1

patrick ford's picture
Posted by: patrick ford | December 31, 2011

White Paint

One thing I notice about the Marvin Stein inked "Space Busters" page and the "Alarming Tales" pages possibly inked by Stein, is the use of white-out used as paint for special effects as opposed to white-out used as a correction tool.

John S.'s picture
Posted by: John S. | December 31, 2011

Could be Stein...

He was certainly an accomplished inker, if that phenomenal Space Busters stuff was any indication. But I think I'm going to stick with Kirby on this one. These pages have a lot of the same stylistic cues as Jack's other inking from this period, like the work he did on Yellow Claw, for instance. There's also a fair bit of similarity, in my opinion, to some of Jack's early Golden Age material, like the Vision stories. Plus there's still some "picket fence" hatching in evidence, which Kirby used extensively in the late forties and early fifties. So overall, I'd say it adds up to a late-fifties Jack Kirby ink job.

Tom Kraft's picture
Posted by: Tom Kraft | December 31, 2011

For Now

For now I've updated the inking credits to Marvin Stein first and Joe Simon second.

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Posted by: patrick ford | December 31, 2011

Shop Inking

John, I do see some similarity to the early 50's S&K studio shop style. However when I look at the new DC Omnibus which collects a ton of material from the same era as the Alarming Tales stories what I notice is Kirby had modified his inking style. In general Roz outlined figures with a pen, and then Kirby added blacks, and shading. It's a fascinating mix of bold abstracted black shapes, and where it's needed highly detailed cross-hatching done with a pen. The same delicate hatching shows up in a superb Alarming Tales story inked by Kirby which is at Heritage auctions. Like this site you have to be registered and logged in to make full use of the features at Heritage.
http://comics.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=809&lotNo=4349#Photo
Compare to these pages also inked by Kirby:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lfryOhiYON8/TbraGWsIteI/AAAAAAAAQfw/GNXnKd5Oxi...
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZamSC9DM6sM/TbrZ3R4NEjI/AAAAAAAAQfQ/lDckGA7QWG...

Here is a story by Stein from Alarming Tales.
http://comics.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=14052&lotNo=18074#Photo

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