Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Byrne-ing to Read/Tuesday Team-up: "Where is Karen Page?" by Wolfman, Byrne, and Mooney

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! I'm sure you've heard it said many times, "John Byrne worked on just about every major Marvel comic except Dr. Strange." It's a fairly accurate statement. Early in his Marvel career, one of Jocular John's most offbeat assignments was a two-part crossover between Daredevil and Ghost Rider. No jive! If I'm lyin', I'm dyin'! Seems that DD's former love, Karen Page, did a stint as a supporting character in Ghost Rider's mag for a while, opening the door for the superhero who dressed like the devil to team up with the guy who got his powers from the devil. Don'tcha just love those ka-razee Groovy Age coincidences? Anyway, today we'll dig on the first part of the crossover from Daredevil #138 (July 1976). The story is by regular (at that time) DD series writer Marv Wolfman and inked by the veteran madman Jim Mooney. Mooney's inks over Byrne's pencils are interesting, to say the least. While Mooney's inks are usually completely overpowering, you can see Byrne's style come through pretty strongly in most places. Sometimes they mesh quite nicely (the splash, page 16, and the final page, especially), while other times--not so much (pages 6 and 15). But that's just Ol' Groove's opinion. Check it out for yourself...

















Be on the lookout next Tuesday for the Ghost Rider half of this BYRNE-ING TO READ/TUESDAY TEAM-UP extravaganza, baby!

2 comments:

  1. Greetings, Groove!

    Thanks for posting, as I never even dreamed that Daredevil existed before the hallowed issue #158! ;)

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  2. Wow...another walk into my childhood. This is what collecting comics was all about - your favorite hero,a guest star & classic Byrne artwork. The panel of Ghost Rider's head always bothered me in a good way, Byrne drew Ghost Rider with eyeballs!

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