Sunday, January 15, 2012
Them There Those!
I saw the movie Them! on its first release in 1954, and loved it. I watched a DVD of the film this past October. Except for the caricature of star James Whitmore I barely recognize it from this satire of the film for EC's Panic #7. Jack Mendelsohn wrote it. What makes "Them There Those" stand out is Wallace Wood's excellent artwork.
I loved most of the artwork in Panic, especially stories by the Mad gang of Will Elder, Jack Davis and Wood, but I thought the stories sometimes pale imitations of the much superior Mad. “Them There Those” isn’t bad, but I think had Mad editor Harvey Kurtzman written the script he could have found an element of parody in Them! that would have lifted it several notches.