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Unfortunately this is no better than previous “reprints” in that the artwork has clearly been touched up. I have every issue of Fighting American (this story is from #4) and the linework is not as thick as it often appears here, and in some spots it is obvious it has been touched up as lines which were thin on the comic book page are thick here. The reaason I tracked down the original comics is because of how unhappy I was with the way the art looked in the previous reprints.
Mendryk responds to JVH’s comment here: http://kirbymuseum.org/blogs/simonandkirby/archives/3808
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