Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Part One)

While the Feb. '55 issue of This is Suspense #23 is technically the first issue of this short lived series (formerly known as Strange Suspense Stories) it is also the last pre-code issue. And however you look at it, whether kicking things off big, or the sad end to an "anything goes" era, you certainly can't go wrong with a reprint of Wally Wood's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (originally featured in the May '50 issue of A Star Presentation #3.) This is definitely not Wood's best work, but it's still tremendous fun seeing him hone his imaginative skill during this phase of his career.















(to be continued...)

10 comments:

Alexander said...

Harry Jekyll? Isn't it Henry Jekyll?
Still pretty entertaining adaptation though.

Mykal said...

Karswell: Second rate Wood is still pretty first rate. You can still spot a Wood woman a mile away. I like this a great deal and thought it had some great moments, like the panels on page 12 of the characters in the foggy night. I haven't seen much from this phase of his career, and I love the way these pages are colored. - Mykal

Anonymous said...

TOOK ME ALL MORNING TO READ THIS BUT I LIKED IT ALOT. AND IT SEEMS PRETTY FAITHFUL TO THE ORIGINAL VERSION TOO WHICH I HAVE ACUALLY READ BELIEVE IT OR NOT! I WOULD NEVER HAVE GUESSED THIS WAS WALLY WOOD THOUGH........

prof. grewbeard said...

barely recognizable as Wood but still a cut above, waiting with feverish anticipation for part two..

Pappy said...

Here comes the sun, Karswell, old bean. It was actually Harry Harrison, George Harrison being a member of some old British pop-rock band...I think they had a coupla hits a long time ago.

Karswell said...

> It was actually Harry Harrison

Haha, thanks for the correction Pappy-- Overstreet threw me a curve! Part Two coming up next! Fangs for the comments, gents!

Turok1952 said...

I am perhaps the last of my generation not to know the way this ends, and I intend to find out from this version.
Gadzooks, the little blondie hustler is preferable over that priggish gal Jekyll is so smitten over.

Anonymous said...

Nice first half to the story, and I am looking forward to the rest. This is a perplexing mix of good and no so good art though. I have to wonder if this was a rush job for Wally Wood.

THE APOCOLYTE said...

Though the art isn't as tight and finished as his later work, in retrospect one can see early Wood honing his skills. His trademark women, for example, haven't quite been developed at this point, and much of this story may not have a familiar look at all to fans of Wood's later work. Young Wally Wood was heavily influenced by Will Eisner's SPIRIT, and in many of these panels you can get a real sense of that influence, especially in the streetlamp lit corners and shadowy alleyways, as well as the odd angled overhead shots.
Cool story. Can't wait for Pt. 2!

Mike H said...

I've had this book for a while but haven't read it yet. It's going to move up in the pile now!