Sunday, April 29, 2012

Buchanan's Seige

Thomas Buchanan, who runs The Pictorial Arts blog, occasionally posts a cover image featuring his western alter ego, Tom Buchanan, from the Buchanan series published by Fawcett/Gold Medal and written by a number of fine western writers, including William Ard, Brian Garfield, and others. This particular image was posted by Thomas recently for this post, "Under Seige." The Buchanan cover paintings are usually pretty good, and I really like this one. Identifying the artist's model is easy -- the ubiquitous Steve Holland -- but I'm not sure about the artist. There's something about the moment of captured action and the pose with its particular details that reminds me of Neal Adams' work. But the only book covers of which I'm aware that Adams did are the Tarzan covers for Ballantine Books. So, anybody know who this artist might be?

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Jonah Hex: Classic Tales

The cover says Jonah Hex: Classic Tales, the spine says Jonah Hex: Welcome to Paradise. So take your pick. This collects 9 of the early Jonah Hex tales from Weird Western, published by DC Comics. Most of these appeared in the first volume of the big Showcase volume DC published a few years back, but they appear in color here. A nice sampling of scripters and artists: John Albano and Michael Fleisher for the former, Tony deZuniga, Doug Wildey, Noly Panaligan, George Moliterni, and the great Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez for the latter. Good, solid storytelling in the western comics tradition.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Mustang Men

This is a nice, solid western by the always-dependable Ben Haas, under one of his pseudonyms. (Well, I've always found him dependable -- I don't think I've read any of his books yet that I've not enjoyed.)

The Mustang Men is an entry in Haas' Rancho Bravo series. It's the first of them I've read, and it was quite good.

My main point in the post is to share the cover. I think it's very evocative for a western cover painting. The impressionistic style reminds me greatly of Jeff Jones' work, but I don't find a tell-tale signature. Nor did I think he worked in the western genre, but I may be wrong.

Anyone know who did this cover painting?