Monday, March 10, 2008

Number 272

Distant Shores

Syd Shores was a top artist in the Atlas Comics bullpen during the 1940s and early 1950s. He reappeared in the 1960s, and worked right up until his death at age 59 in 1973.

"I Prowl At Night" is a fine werewolf story drawn for Astonishing #16, August 1952. Too bad the color is printed off-register, but many a well drawn comic book was sabotaged by indifferent printers and mass production on the giant web presses of the day.

This is a page from one of the last things Shores did, from Marvel Comics' Chamber of Chills #1, November 1972.

"Delusions of a Dragon Slayer" is adapted by Gerry Conway from the story by Harlan Ellison. Shores penciled and inked this story. The last panel is turgid for a Code-approved comic of the era.


Karswell said...

Tremendous post Paps! I totally thought when Louise let him out of the locked room that she was going to be some kind of werewolf already... that would have been a typical Atlas twist. But the blood transfusion hook here is really well handled and different, especially in the ironic, sadly poetic final.

Mr. Cavin said...

Reading over these, I often download page or two from a story, just because I want to hang onto a panel or whatever. I downloaded this whole tale, every last page.

And I'd like to add that the "Checked?" panel at he end of page three is a pretty clever little sight gag.

Thank you.

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