Monday, March 07, 2011

Hidden Gems: DC Comics Presents #84

Let me begin by saying that this is not a great comic book. It's fine as far as mid-80s DC superhero books go, but nothing Earth-shattering occurs. What makes this one notable, however, is that it contains artwork by two of the greatest comic book artists ever to put pen to paper: Jack Kirby and Alex Toth. I don't really want to call it a collaboration, as DC was simply using up the Toth drawn part from inventory leftover from the short-lived Challs feature in Adventure Comics. As for Kirby's contribution; this was one of his final jobs for DC. While I don't think Greg Theakson's inks really adds much to the pencils, he does help bring a fairly consistent look to the artwork and makes the transition between artists less jarring. This is not and essential book to own, but it certainly a curio.


MDG14450 said...

The later run of DC presents had several issues that were more "interesting" than "good"--better than the first years where there were some real dogs.

Pj Perez said...

And even better, at least on the cover, Kirby's Superman face wasn't redrawn!