Frank Giacoia is credited as Frank Ray. Daredevil figure is inked by Wally Wood.
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I know that it's common knowledge that Wood inked all the DD figures in this issue, but taking a closer look at the inks of DD in the first panel, they don't look done by Wood to me. Where are the precise and polished strokes that we were used to see in Wood's work? Yes, the DD in the center panel has his trademark style, but it had to be a very rushed work or Wally had a bad day in this first panel...
Anyway, the original is beautiful and historical, and it's a great thing that you shared it here...
Each time I look at those early issues Giacoia inked, I can't help but wonder why he was not assigned the book on the spot.
And yes, I say this despite Sinnott later amazing work.
Giacoia didn't have Sinnott tendancy to redraw and render figures unnecessary prettier, especially faces. He brang just the right amount of polish while still preserving the rough edges of Kirby's pencils.
As for Wood work on this page… I agree that the DD figure on the first panel is a bit loose but still effective on a comic regular size. I wouldn't describe it as bad or blame Wood for rushing it without behind the scene informations. Other figures are quite good, maybe the production tampered with his work ?
Although I'm a Wood fan, I don't like a mix bag of inkers, I would have prefered Giacoia to ink everything himself.
Wood just redesigned Daredevil's costume and I imagine Jack drew the older version.
I think it's kind of a neat look having two different inkers on a page--and their lines really aren't THAT different. Wood's inks would have REALLY stood out on a Sinnott inked page.
As for Frank not getting the assignment--maybe he turned in the book late. It's pretty well know that Giacoia was not the best at making deadlines. And Vinnie was good for something--his inks prompted the publisher to cough up a few more bucks to hire Joe!
Erik, the lines aren't looking that different but the way Wally inked (or rather redrew) DD's face is quite different.
IAlthough I'm particularly fond of both inkers I still prefer a consistent look for a book.
As for the good coming from the bad, well, I wish the same had happened with Thor.