Thursday Story Strip Day.
I can't say I am a huge fan of Sy Barry's work. For much of the fifties he was employed by DC as a house inker and as such he was used to push a slick house style that beat down every form of individuality of their pencilers. Some didn't come out of it well, like Gene Colan, but even those who seemed to fit into it, like Carmine Infantino and Gil Kane, did much better work when they inked their own pencils. But when Sy left DC and took over the Phantom strip, he showed he was a very accomplished artist on his own and he not only kept the feature going but made it an international success. Maybe he was not the brilliant and singular character artist his brother Dan (the Flash Gordon artist) was, but what he created was nice to look at, as you can see here. I have been trying to find the starting point of his run, but other than the fact that it must have been somewhere in 1961/62 I didn't get.