Trapped In the Nazi Stronghold part 0ne by Norris Burroughs   Leave a comment

In my opinion, the second story in issue #2, Trapped in the Nazi Stronghold is really where Simon and Kirby’s Captain America comes together as a series. This is where the duo of artists begins to have fun telling their stories, and there is a greater commitment towards consistency in the artwork as well.

Certain features in the story’s first panel, such as Cap’s quadriceps leg muscle look to be the drawing work of Reed Crandall, although the composition suggests that it might be a Kirby layout or rough. However, the inking is peculiarly awkward, and the final drawing suffers for that reason. The shading in Cap’s face is  overdone and the inking of the left leg near the knee is clumsy.


Page two looks to be competent Kirby art, and the second panel is inked in a style that reminds me of the origin segment in the first issue. Again, I may be making too much of the crosshatch in that panel, but I believe that this could be a return appearance of the person I tentatively identified as George Klein. Kirby could also have inked panels one and two, but the remainder of the page is difficult to identify.  We are back to rough brushwork in panels five through eight, with very little professional finesse shown there.



Page three is probably drawn by Joe Simon and is inked rather hastily, with the exception of panel two, which has an unusual flavor to it. The two Nazis on the left have a quaint old world look about them, and the one on the far right has that etched look of the inker I’ve named “Illustrator.” We will see more of this look throughout the story, as well as several other distinct styles.



Skipping page four, we proceed to page five where we find a much stronger Kirby presence in the pencils. In panel three, we have a beautiful running and leaping Cap and Bucky, with a classic case of torque in the posing of the figures. Panel five has some wonderfully dynamic interplay with a fight scene, and an instance in panel six where Cap, after slugging his opponent in the previous panel counters with a blow from his shield. This sort of sequential continuity would become a staple in Kirby’s storytelling repertoire. The inking on this page is competent and may contain some Kirby inking in panels three through five as well as work by “Illustrator” in the distinctive facial shading of panel two.



All told, the artwork in this story has generally improved over much of what was previously seen. We will see more of what appears to be Reed Crandall’s art in the following pages featured in our next post. Please stay tuned and keep those opinions coming.



Posted February 17, 2012 by norris burroughs in Uncategorized

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