The negative space with all the bricks -- from the haunted areas to the prison -- is pretty unique for this time period, as far as I've seen.Did anybody notice the trick with the guards? One wonders if that was in the script or the artist just did it himself.
Joe Certa is like a 1970's underground comix artist working in the 1950's. Strong and attention grabbing. Thanks for posting.
Better, of the 18 stings, 3 ate still bothering me a bit and got infected so now I'm on an anti biotic for that-- but much better. The grass is quite tall still, haha... thanks for asking :)
I agree with you guys, Certa is somewhat overlooked... maybe I'll pull a few more of his stories for more of a looksee in the coming posts
I'd love to see more. Honestly, I'd love to see the originals. Certa must grip his brush in an angry fist. These are some very florid and expressive marks.Also the Elias cover on this ish is one of my favorite pre-code covers of all. Black Cat Mysteries nearly always had great covers.
I've seen some trigger-happy police and prison guards in these stories, but those two take the prize. There's almost no way the writer could have been remotely sympathetic with them. In fact, the artist makes them as unpleasant-looking as possible. Not "grizzled" prison guards, but instead, just plain weird-looking.
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