Friday, August 8, 2014

The Doubting Thomas

An incredibly generous dollar donation from new THOIA friend, Rachel Shaw, earns her a primo place right here in our musty 'n dusty hallowed horror fame! And with an eternal hearse-load of thanks and applause going way out to her in Albuquerque, NM-- another way we say thanks from our neck of the weird woods is give the people what they want! Rachel expressed a frightening fondness for Atlas tales, so here we go with a week of adventures into the weirdest worlds we can find-- more specifically, the July 1953 issue of Adv. into Weird Worlds #20. THANKS AGAIN, RACHEL!!! :)


Mr. Cavin said...

That was fantastic and the art was spectacular. Every panel of page one was top-notch, as were all the city backgrounds (though the city was not, perhaps, all that Romanian looking). I really thought the color job here was exceptional, too (it usually was at Atlas), with a lot of care in leaving highlights effectively uncolored.

Thanks for helping to keep the home fires burning, Rachel (as well as for the excellent request)! And as always, thanks for doing all the actual work, Karswell.

Grant said...

"I accuse Professor Zmuda of intellectual heresy!"

He makes that sound like an actual charge in a rule book. Charles Fort would have really enjoyed that! (He liked comparing a lot of scientific groups to religious tribunals.)

I agree about this story being a very good one.

Mestiere said...

Well done, Rachel Shaw!

Terrific art.

Let's explore the potential of the twist where the debunker/heretic buster is the actual perpetrator. So many scenarios:

The witch hunter is a witch.

The Pope is a Devil worshipper.

The UFO debunker is an alien.

Senator McCarthy is a Communist.

Fredric Wertham wrote comics.

The doctor is Ebola with a fake mustache.

So much potential!

I liked this story. It was a winner.

Brian Barnes said...

It's striking how good the art is. GCD says Robert McCarty, who did a lot of Atlas work. His expressions are pitch perfect and he spends a lot of time in close-up, or in profile close-ups, and from sneers to fears there isn't a single panel in this that just isn't gorgeous.

His fine shading work is also something to behold. Here's my suggestion, go through his attributed list in GCD and see if you have anymore from him, this is certainly a lost gem of an artist!

The story. Eh. It works. It's really predictable and spends way to much time on a red herring, but it serves it's purpose as a quick little tale.

As Mr. Cavin said, that's some fine coloring, too. Page 1, Panel 2 isn't the most complex coloring job, but usually way more than you could expect from four-color comics.