Thursday, October 19, 2017

He Walks Through Walls

A fun lil tale illustrated by John Forte wraps up another full issue presentation here at THOIA, that being the Oct '54 issue of Marvel Tales #127-- check the last few posts for info and links about the other four stories already in the archive.









6 comments:

glowworm2 said...

Oh this one is hilarious! "I can walk through things now. What should I do with this power? Oh, I know, I'll rob my own bank!" Also, the bit where he winds up in the middle of his family and friends in just his towel--hilarious! We need more superhero origin stories like this! (Even though, this guy certainly wasn't a hero and didn't get to keep his powers for very long.)

Caffeinated Joe said...

Twist end, but I was thinking he was going to be unable to LEAVE vault and suffocate. This is creepier!

NightlySun said...

Sensational!

Mr. Cavin said...

Those fools aren't going to be laughing when that face starts to smell. Then it's gonna be like the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, only in super slow motion.

I get that drawing in perspective is really hard, and that comics artists didn't really have a ton of time to navigate a new learning curve for each assignment. But, man, wow, Forte was not particularly capable in this area, failing to land anywhere near a convincing one-point perspective, even when actually including the necessary grids into the image itself. It's astonishing that they chose this artist to do a story about walls. But he certainly delivered one of the more mind-bending splash panels I've ever seen.

Mr. Cavin said...

PS: I do not mean to be too stuffy about the technical qualities of John Forte's art here. I think he is otherwise quite good. Especially the hair. This guy drew excellent hair! Perhaps the next table over had a guy with spot-on technical drafting skills, who could draw lovely, vibrant perspectives all the way to six-point fisheyes without batting an lash--but whose hairdos all looked like globs of melted plastic Devo wigs. I like to imagine that guy put to work slaving over an unflattering werewolf story. Oh, the completely fabricated irony of it all!

Brian Barnes said...

This one was awesome. I saw the ending coming a mile away; I was sure his power would run-out mid-phasing somewhere ... but they caught me. While that came true, the actual shocker was it becoming what they thought was a carved head. Well set up, well executed, and well done.

While I agree with Mr. Cavin on the perspective problems, I like the art. The figures are good, the sci-fi through the wall stuff and the electric charge all work.