Great comic! The cover is one you could use to teach people how to do covers. The focal visual point is the Ghost in White, which grabs your eye, and the rails have the effect of having the action come toward the viewer. Everything else is perfectly balanced. Unlike some of Baker covers there is a good deal of detail in this and none of it wasted.
The thing I liked most about the whole book is the garish coloring. Somebody had a ball coloring this, playing around and experimenting, most of the time, the colors work to enhance the mood of the storytelling.
The standout story is the Infantino/Kubert. Kubert really brings out the best in Infantino, they are an excellent team. But the layouts are Infantino and each panel is worth going back and looking at again. And I’m not a huge Infantino fan. And yes, Bowers, there is a Ditko feel to some figures. But the story is excellent too, unlike the others in the book which are mostly same old, same old.
Unusually for the period, the Tuska story looks like he phoned it in, he usually did much better work.
Giunta does an excellent job inking Barry. Love the mist in the first panel. Story is pretty average, but its worth reading for Barry’s take on it.
‘Portrait of Death’. George Roussos is not a favorite of mine. I have always believed his inking style butchered Kirby’s pencils in his Marvel days. Never understood why he seems to have been such a popular inker in the business. But looking at his work here, I can appreciate him a bit more.
His shading here creates a very dark, atmospheric world and here again the coloring, although garish, illuminates things effectively. Look at the eyes in panel 4 page 4 and the last panel on page 5, for example.
The two one-pagers compliment the book well enough, making it a comic you would have been very happy to have picked up off the newsstand.
I found that I had already downloaded this, but nice to have the motivation to look more closely at it.
This is the sort of book you would want to show someone to demonstrate how good the Golden Age could be.