Roy G. Krenkel was always on the fringes of comics but not really someone that might be called a comic book artist. That said, the influence of his glorious linework has strongly impacted comic book art as we know it. Krenkel was an acknowledged influence on the fifties EC sci-fi artists including Frazetta and Al Williamson (who often used him to ghost backgrounds) and, in turn, those two influenced everything from Conan to STAR WARS. GOLDEN AGE COMIC BOOK STORIES highlights a huge collection of Krenkel’s pulp and sci-fi digest illos as well as his one and only solo credited EC story.
THE GRAND COMIC BOOK DATABASE (GCD) should be a one-stop for basic comic book info. They have cover reproductions of nearly every comic book ever made no matter how obscure and often add story info and creator credits (even if the original printing didn’t have any!). Pick your favorite titles and you can spend hours just admiring the covers of every issue. If you’re actually doing research, start here.
The always enjoyable STANLEY STORIES celebrates its 100th post with an interesting but perhaps more in-depth than merited analysis of a reprinted 1943 TOM & JERRY story from OUR GANG COMICS.
Finally, over at my place, we’re up to part five of THE SWORD OF SHANNARA, Gray Morrow’s little-known late seventies newspaper strip adaptation of Terry Brooks’ popular rewrite of THE LORD OF THE RINGS (that would spawn a gazillion sequels). That’s at BOOKSTEVE’S LIBRARY.