Saturday, January 26, 2008

It!

It’s John Romita’s turn at bat with one of his earliest Atlas assignments, a weird tale of toddler terror, from the same issue of Strange Tales as our other post today. Enjoy!

From the December 1951 issue of Strange Tales #4




9 comments:

Anonymous said...

This story looks like an indirect swipe from a Ray Bradbury story called "The Baby." It differs in the fact that an alien is inhabiting the body of the baby. EC would have handled it a lot better---they did a whole slew of Bradbury adaptations witht e eventual approval of Bradbury himself.

Anonymous said...

EC WOULD HAVE HANDLED IT THE EC WAY, ATLAS HANDLES IT THE ATLAS WAY. ONE IS NO BETTER THAN THE OTHER IN MY OPINION AS BOTH HAVE AN EQUAL NUMBER OF STRENGTHS WORKING IN THEIR FAVOR.

EVEN THIS EARLY IN HIS CAREER I COULD RECOGNIZE ROMITAS WORK. NEAT LITTLE STORY, BABIES ARE KIND OF CREEPY ARENT THEY?

Horror pariah said...

Actually ATLAS DID do an adaption of that Bradbury story,i forgot the title,but the splash had a giant bat on it for no reason and Tony Dipreta drew it.

Karswell said...

Not sure what the Atlas version is called but the EC story I'm familiar with is based on Bradbury's awesome short story entitled The Small Assassin. I also remember a spooky episode of Ray Bradbury Theatre based on it too.

Karswell said...

Also, Shock Suspenstories #7 has an adaptation of The Small Assassin too.

Anonymous said...

The Small Assassin (episode #12 from Ray Bradbury Theatre 1988):
http://home.wlv.ac.uk/~in5379/rbt/12assassin/assassin.htm

Dane said...

This makes me feel better about my decision not to have kids. You just can't trust the little monsters.

Anonymous said...

EC's Bradbury adaptations were sensitively done, with various artists talents used for the various stories. Bernie Krigstein's analytical style of "The Flying Machine," for instance, was a marvelous adaptation.

Karswell said...

>EC's Bradbury adaptations were sensitively done

Agreed. And there's no doubt that EC is tops in translating popular fiction, but they are far from being the only ones. The Hallmark Channel has alot of "sensitivity" too but that doesn't mean they're the best or only ones that can do it.