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Beautiful page although I would attribute the inking job to Jumbo John Verpoorten.
Regarding the whole issue, my opinion is that Fearless Frank Giacoia inked the cover and the first 8 pages while Verpoorten did the remaining ones, including this very last page.
I'd say it's Verpoorten, also.
Not sure about the cover, though. Doesn't look much like Giacoia to me. The early pages seem to be a combination of both Giacoia and Verpoorten; and there are a couple of pages with The Falcon towards the end of the book that look like they were done entirely by Giacoia. The rest of the issue appears to be Verpoorten's work alone.
Regardless of the mixture, though, it's a nice looking issue with a great story and lots of excitement. And I've gotta give kudos to Jim Novak, too. He was a pretty good letterer.
Upon closer examination, I agree that Verpoorten did ink the cover as well.
Since it was usually pencilled after interior pages, it makes sense. Jumbo was probably called in on to finish what Giacoia started on this issue.
I also agree that Verpoorten probably assisted Giacoia on some of the first 8 pages but overall it still looks mostly like Giacoia's work. After that, it's all Verpoorten.
...pages 27 and 30 (story pages 15 and 16), with The Falcon. Look how clean and sharp those two pages are. I'd say those are Giacoia pages.
Man--Verpooten's inks seem quite exuberant and over the top. A little too extravagant and flamboyant which comes off kind of sloppy. In my opinion not his best.
Hey--do we know if John Tartaglione had anything to do with inking this issue? Upon further examination it looks more like the same inking style from the CA annual 4 page 36. Could JT have inked some pages in this issue 209 of CA and not get credit?
To tell you the truth, I was thinking the same thing. It does look a little too rough to be Verpoorten's work, doesn't it? And Tartaglione was working in the Marvel office at that time, so I wouldn't be surprised if he did some work on these issues of Cap. It's a real headache determining the actual inkers on a lot of this stuff, since Giacoia was usually the only one who was credited -- but it's obvious he had a ton of help with some of these books. Tartaglione's inking style appeared to be similar to Verpoorten's, only a bit rougher and less delicate. So this page certainly fits the bill.
So is the consensus Tartaglione? If so I'll update the credits.
I beg to differ. I agree on for CA, Annual 4 but that's Jumbo's inks on this page.
It's funny, because if this is Tartaglione his approach to inking Kirby is very different from the way he inked Gene Colan. It's like on Kirby he's using Verpoorten's slick way of inking only not as polished. I think it's John Tartaglione. Hey, Nick--what do you think?
This looks like Verpoorten's work to me, as does the Cap 4 Annual page.
About time you showed up Nick… I agree with you and myself.
That's Verpoorten juicy inking.
I was never totally sold on the Tartaglione speculation. I was going from the page from the CA annual where it was credited to Tartaglione. The inks for Verpoorten appear sloppy to me on both pieces. The woman in the last panel is very Verpoorten like. Do we have a definitive Tartaglione inked page here on WiK?
The Cap Annual 4 page isn't JV but this one looks like it's *partly* him. Consider the possibility that two hands are on the page. Don't have it to hand but 2-3 pages in this issue have this quality IIRC. There's one panel with some space detail or something (from memory) that has shockingly loose inking. If there was a crunch and it was in the office and Frank was striking out for the Nth time, it's hard to say *who* was pitching in to get it out there.