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Thread: Comic Grail acquired

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    Comic Grail acquired

    So I recently purchases one of my comic grails and it arrived this afternoon. I am not sure how many people here will be familiar with this book, as it's not Marvel/DC heroes, but it is early Joe Kubert work and a book I have wanted since I learned of its existence when I was first getting into Kubert's stuff in the late 90s when I read Fax from Sarajevo for the first time. Never saw a copy in the wild and never saw one online in my comfort zone for price until last week.

    It's Son of Sinbad #1 (there was never a #2) published by St. John's from 1950 with a cover and two stories drawn by Joe Kubert (his signature style was still developing at this point so it's not quite as recognizably Kubert as some of his stuff got to be in the late 50s and into the 60s, but it's still gorgeous Kubert stuff). It's only a 2.0 ish, and someone has touched the color of the cap of one of the figures with a black marker, but I am ok with that considering I thought this was a book I would never realistically own in any condition.



    Very happy. I have been picking up a lot of stuff in recent weeks (Dave Stevens covers, minor Matt Baker books and Wally Wood stuff mostly) but this is by far the crowning book of what I have gotten for me.

    -M
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    Congratulations--great cover!
    WANTED: Dick Grayson SI trousers; gray AJ Mustang horse; POTA Fortress signal-flasher--top mirrored portion or mirror sticker; POTA Forbidden Zone prison doors, walls, bar; minty Wolfman tights; mint Black Knight sword; minty Launcelot boots; Lion Rock (pale) Dracula & Mummy heads; Lion Rock Franky squared boots; Wayne Foundation blue furniture; Flash Gordon/Ming (10") unbroken holsters; CHiPs gloved arms; POTA T2 tan body; CTVT/vintage Friar Tuck robes, BBP TZ Burgess Meredith glasses.

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    What a great looking book! Congrats!

    You’re right... I wouldn’t have guessed Kubert looking at that cover... as a matter of fact, I see more stuff (the faces) that makes me think of Ditko. Wonder if Kubert was ever a Ditko disciple before he found his style?

    Glad it came your way

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    Quote Originally Posted by YoungOnce View Post
    What a great looking book! Congrats!

    You’re right... I wouldn’t have guessed Kubert looking at that cover... as a matter of fact, I see more stuff (the faces) that makes me think of Ditko. Wonder if Kubert was ever a Ditko disciple before he found his style?

    Glad it came your way
    Kubert was long established before Ditko entered the field. Kubert got his first pro work at age 12 in the 40s, (1st pro work was inking a story in Catman #8 from '42), Ditko's 1st published work was I believe Daring Love #1 in '53, so I don't think Ditko was an influence on Kubert. Kubert worked with a lot of companies and in a few packaging houses before ending up at DC for a while (and then on to St. John) and was mentored by guys in the Iger shop and the Eisner shop before coming to DC. His style evolved, but the earliest stuff I've seen that is that signature Kubert style in the ealry Tor stuff he did at St. Johns shortly after this Son of Sinbad book.

    -M

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    Ahhh... thanks for the time-line... interesting stuff.

    So maybe it was the other way around then... Ditko liked Kubert’s stuff...

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    Quote Originally Posted by YoungOnce View Post
    Ahhh... thanks for the time-line... interesting stuff.

    So maybe it was the other way around then... Ditko liked Kubert’s stuff...
    Anything's possible with Ditko. He was always so reticent, so I don't really have a clear idea of his influences (other than Ayn Rand that is). There are a couple of books about Ditko out there that might explore the topic, but I haven't read them.

    -M

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    Congrats. Nothing like scoring a Grail.
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    It looks like Kubert's work on Golden Age Hawkman. Great cover, and congrats!

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    Congratulations -- that looks like a a great book!

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    Hey congrats, looks really displayable.

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