Martinex1: In the late Bronze Age, there was an artist from the great city of Detroit who handled the challenges of penciling key Marvel monthlies simultaneously. The artist is of course the wonderful Keith Pollard, and from 1978 through 1980, he had overlapping long stints as penciller on Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-Man, and Thor. The expectation of output at that time was tremendous, and Mr. Pollard turned out some of my favorite comics. Aside from his interior work, he was a go-to cover artist for Marvel. He not only handled the previously mentioned work, but his cover art appeared on titles not limited to Avengers, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Captain America and Power Man. He stayed with Marvel through the 80's with a brief foray into DC for Green Lantern and Vigilante. He is also known for his work in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.
There were a lot of prolific artists of the period such as John Byrne and George Perez, but to put it into perspective Keith Pollard penciled FF from issue 193 to 206 (missing only one issue), ASM 186 to 205 (with others filling in on 6 intermittent issues), and Thor 286 to 320 (missing only 4 issues). By my count and including other sporadic titles, he completed 65 full interiors from April of 1978 to May of 1982. I also counted 81 covers he did during that same period.
That output alone would be tremendous, but his art was also so powerful. As you can tell from the below samples he had a mastery of the Marvel characters and his lines and storytelling are very clear. In the early 90's Keith Pollard stopped working on comics. I sure wish he hadn't because for me that ended a great time for comic covers.
So here is your challenge. You have a single greenback and comics to buy. Note: Once again these comics are in the quarter bin; four-for-a-dollar. Tell us your choices and share your input on Keith Pollard's art and his career and his impact on your collection.
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