Monday, August 11, 2014

Where Man-Eaters Walk

We're chomping away on the July '53 issue of Advs into Weird Worlds #20, and here's a story featuring the magnificently odd art stylings of Joe Maneely. Hope everyone is enjoying this issue so far-- and hey Rachel, you're THOIA Thank You gift is in the mail! :)


Brian Barnes said...

This story is actually pretty depressing -- some of the panels, like page 4, panel 3, are right out of the later superhero era of Marvel. If only Maneely would have made it that far. While the hatch work and shading are very pre-code, Maneely could do other styles and he really would have been one of the greats of the Marvel superhero explosion.

Jesse looks a bit like 40s Dr. Sivana!

Mestiere said...

What fun!

The story and the character of Jesse is clearly inspired in the 1940 movie Dr. Cyclops.

They were still showing Africans with bones through the nose. Africans never wear bones through the nose. That is only found in New Guinea, a large island to the north of Australia, three-quarters of the way to the opposite side of the world from Africa. The natives of New Guinea, who are Melanesians, are less related to Africans than Africans are to Europeans despite having dark skin.

Jesse might have been The Man of the Future but he followed a familiar pattern seen in many prodigies. He peaked early (Jesse invented his shrinking gas while still a child) and then amounted to nothing.

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Lanford Ripley said...

It would be good to post the prequel to this story "The Empty Room," from Adventures Into Weird Worlds #19 when issue #20 is posted in its entirety.


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Mr. Cavin said...

I'm always curious whether stories like this, with titles that really bear little resemblance to the finished piece, evolve away from, or toward, their bizarre names. Did the African adventure-horror part of this story, with its potential scary animals and cannibals, initially take up more conceptual real estate? Or is it possible they already had the headline lettering left over from another project, and so wrote a handful of nonsense into one of the panels just to justify that transplanted title? I mean, it's hard to believe that anyone really looked at this story about future men and mad science and shrinking and and proudly declared "it's those implausible savages that really encapsulate the idea here!"

Man, Maneely was great!

Grant said...

It's also interesting that the "savages" end up coming to the rescue of the rest of the world (whether they know it or not). I don't know how rare that is in an early story like this, but it has to be PRETTY rare.

Another story this one looks ahead to of course is THE SIXTH FINGER, the famous OUTER LIMITS episode. Including the idea of the character trying to justify terrorizing the world by saying that it's self-preservation.