Friday, October 19, 2018

The New Tenants

Bill Everett's turn to show us all that he's not only THE expert at drawing creepy 'ol crazy koots, but also the jaw dropping master at illustrating crumbling old house textures and detail. This is a weird one-- OMG that ending, haha... from the September 1953 issue of Uncanny Tales #12.











Haha, just found this picture on tumblr and had to add it to this story... enjoy! --Mr. K

8 comments:

Mestiere said...

Great art. It's so good at showing the ruined state of that house that it's incredible that anyone would sink 5000 dollars (about 47,000 in today's money) on that pile of garbage. Look at the fourth panel, page three. Are the Newtons blind? No, they could see well enough to drive a car. Maybe it's just indoor blindness. Hopefully they also have anosmia so they won't smell the stench coming from Grange's rotting body.

The story takes the trouble of telling us George is really a good guy, he didn't know the men who hired him were bank robbers. But then the story shows him murdering his employer and, indirectly, murdering the Newtons since there is no way Grange's corpse can hold that house. So the big reveal at the end is that George was cuckoo bananas the whole time. I certainly didn't see it coming!

JBM said...

Mr. Everett's art on the hands in this one jumps out at me. They are beautifully drawn and brimming with emotion. I was expecting the Newtons to be the bringers of justice. Thank you Mr. K..

Mr. Cavin said...

Yeah, wow, I agree with everyone about the art. I always expect Everett to dazzle me and he still kind of outdid himself here. This is my favorite mode for the man, kind of grimly cartoony but with all the dynamic verve of the superhero comics he mastered in the forties. All the character designs in this--including the characters that are houses--are crisp, individualized, and enormously charismatic. I'd love to see this one animated.

Todd said...

I'm glad George was OK in the end… even if Mestiere is right about him being "cuckoo bananas." Grange is no loss either way.

Brian Barnes said...

Everett nails this one, as he nailed every one. Every piece of decaying architecture was well done and Grange's face just oozed evil ... t wasn't because he was "old" (the old couple at the end looked fine.) Greed was just chiseled into his face.

The ending ... the whole story was obviously written around it and the writer should have cut back on the dialog a bit ... I loved it. I'm a sucker for a wacky ending as long as it meets the internal consistency of the story, which this one does. Even though it's completely unrealistic.

Caffeinated Joe said...

I really thought George was gonna end up buried in a house collapse. But, so far so good? Fun read.

Mr. Karswell said...

Mr. Karswell added a crazy photo to this crazy story for you crazy fiends

Mr. Cavin said...

Ha!