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Captain America #3 Hunchback three by Norris Burroughs   1 comment

Page ten and eleven are art-wise the weakest of the story. They are still Kirby layouts as far as I can tell, but are so loose that they just barely get over. Still, there is the formidable catapult in the panoramic sixth panel, as well as a very nice lead-in shot of the Hunchback’s hand hedging in the guard lighting a cigarette in panel one. Still, I will skip these pages because they seem to contain very little Kirby or art of any high quality.


On page twelve, we see another panoramic shot, this time of the castle, but the lower panels are quickies, showing that inker that I am identifying as Roussos by default.

Page thirteen is a trifle better, with a fairly nice shot of Captain America’s figure in profile, but I will omit it and cut to the chase, the final climactic fight between Cap and the villain.


Page fourteen looks again like Bernie Klein inks over Kirby layouts, but panel seven is interesting in that it looks a bit like it could be an homage to comic artist Lou Fine. Compare that panel to the fourth in the sequence of the Ray page below.

Both Simon and Kirby were known to have been admirers of Fine’s way with anatomy as well as his panel shapes and tendency to violate the borders with his figure’s limbs and such.


Page fifteen looks like Kirby layouts with Klein inks and perhaps a bit of the heavier hand of Roussos inking the backgrounds. It’s possible that Roussos inks most of the page, because of the weight of the ink line.



Page sixteen seems to have been drawn a bit more crisply by Kirby, and possibly inked by a completely different hand. The poses are dynamic and the page has a good sequential flow. Kirby seems to be on point and enjoying the parry, thrust, move/counter move aspect of the fencing sequence here



The final page, seventeen is almost certainly inked at least partially by Al Avison, who has rendered only one other page in this story, but will make a strong showing in issue four. His look is apparent in Cap’s full standing figure on the left, that violates three panel borders. Bucky and the derby hatted detective are also probably his work.







Posted July 10, 2012 by norris burroughs in Uncategorized

Captain America #3 The Hunchback part 2   Leave a comment

The pace picks up on page five with a staged tournament. The white horse on the left of the long panel five looks fairly Kirby-esque, and Steve Rogers’ dismount in panel seven is nice, but it is inked quickly without much finesse. Still, it is sure enough to carry the narrative.



Page six pumps up the action even more with Cap and Bucky first leaping toward the viewer and a nice perspective shot of an archer in panel two aiming diagonally at panel three. These panels again strike me as strong Kirby page compositions, but much of the drawing is somewhat desultory.

In panel four, Cap’s knee indicates panel five. There is a splendid correlation between the hunchback in panel six preparing to throw a spear and Cap and the pierced figure in panel seven, but Bucky’s figure is quite weak. Again, the inking is nothing to cheer about, but it does the trick, being just bold enough to cut it.



As this process continues, I’m more inclined to see most of this inking and possibly the finished drawing as the work of Bernie Klein, as I compare it to the “Whirlwind” sample. I will post that page again, as I see pages six and seven bear some passing resemblance to it. There is something  in the structure of faces, particularly in nose that leads me to concluding that Klein is the inker.



The next page has a really sweet spiral staircase sequence, and has a great Errol Flynn Robin Hood quality to it, and Cap’s right cross in panel three is vintage Kirby anatomical tour de force with its dynamic extended right leg. The stairway collapse is a bit of a disappointment though. I see this again as predominantly Bernie Klein with Roussos backgrounds



I’ll skip page eight because of the poor reproduction as well as its relative weakness. Suffice it to say that it’s not a bad page, with a pretty cool introduction of a Boris Karloff lookalike named, “Goris Barloff.” We see him again in better light on page nine, with a solidly inked profile in panel three and a fantastic fifth panel that starts with a punch that rocket propels a fleeing Barloff to the exit.


To be Continued

Posted July 9, 2012 by norris burroughs in Uncategorized