Monday, June 4, 2007

Best of DC Blue Ribbon Digest #20 - Jan. 1982

sgFirst off--the cover. I love this cover. I think its meant to be an homage to a Norman Rockwell-type painting, with the white circle and the whole construction of the piece, which I find charming. I like that the would-be victim is smiling, because he knows that the World's Finest Team are here to save him from the hoodlums. Even the signatures of Ross Andru and Dick Giordano are done in a more painterly style. Nice job, fellas.

Stories include:
"Vengeance of the Tomb-Thing!" by Denny O'Neil, Dick Dillin, and Joe Giella
"A Matter of Light and Death" by Len Wein, Dillin, and Giella
"Fugitive From the Stars" by O'Neil, Dillin, and Giella, and features the extreme rarity of using a Bob Dylan quote on the splash page(wow! Dylan and comics--my two favorite things together!)
and finally, a non-Batman team-up(remember that brief experiment?), "Peril of the Planet-Smashers!" by Wein, Dillin, and Giella, starring Supes and Dr.Fate.

DC helpfully puts an ad for the Dr.Fate back-up that was just starting in The Flash right after the last story. The ad, drawn by Keith Giffen and Larry Mahlstedt, is so nice-looking it almost feels like content, rather than just an ad. Nice!

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