Monday, March 21, 2011

Big Town-Manny Stallman/John Giunta-1955

Although the art here looks vaguely to me like Gil Kane crossed with Win Mortimer and inked in the oh-so-smooth, minimalist style of Pete Morisi, the real combination is just as odd by modern standards. GCD credits not just this story of National's BIG TOWN but the entire issue to the once prolific but now much maligned--if remembered at all--Manny Stallman, inked by the equally out of fashion but once very influential (he mentored Frazetta for example) John Giunta! BIG TOWN was another of DC's radio-show based titles, this one, like a couple of the others, lasting years beyond the long-running series about a crusading newspaper reporter (that had originally starred Edward G. Robinson!).

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