Avon comics

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A selection of the frontispieces by Everett Raymond Kinstler for a variety of Avon comics. They appeared on the inside front cover, usually a spot for the top-dollar advertiser, so I’m not sure if these were fillers (subsequent Avon comics discontinued the practice) or a way to draw the reader in from the first turn of the page. There was a frontispiece artist called Louis Ravelli who was also pretty good, but Kinstler’s style is, I think, terrific.

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WITCHCRAFT, September-October 1952, Vol. 1, No. 4
WITCHCRAFT, March 1953, Vol. 1, No. 6
JESSE JAMES, November 1952, Vol. 1, No. 9
KIT CARSON, December 1951, Vol. 1, No. 3
WITCHCRAFT, December-January 1952-1953, Vol. 1, No. 5
NIGHT OF MYSTERY, 1953
CHIEF VICTORIO’S APACHE MASSACRE, 1951
CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, 1952
GANGSTERS AND GUN MOLLS, December 1951, Vol. 1, No. 2
THE PHANTOM WITCH DOCTOR, 1952

Is this one of those less-than-technical, “I’ll hit ‘em high, you hit 'em low” types of situations? Because that woman is … she’s blasting that alien dude right in the junk. I’m assuming these aliens have junk, of course, given the expression of absolute disgust on the face of the green guy on the left.

Art is by Wally Wood and Joe Orlando.

(from Space Detective #2)