Monday, January 10, 2011
The Man Who Stole Eternity
From Skywald's 1971 Psycho #3, a gem of a story by Golden Age great, Bill Everett. Everett, who had worked primarily for Timely/Marvel/Atlas, had left the comic book field for a time in the mid '50s, coming back to Marvel with Daredevil #1 in 1964.
This story, "The Man Who Stole Eternity," looks like he put some time into it; it's full of swirls and flourishes, tremendous atmosphere, weird creatures and a sexy girl, the sorts of things he did so well in horror comics work for Atlas in the early 1950s. Gardner Fox, another old-timer, wrote it. Fox, who wrote for nearly everybody in the comic book industry at one time or another, was facile with whatever genre he scripted. Superheroes, science fiction, western, horror...he did it all.
Everett, sadly, died at the young age of 55 in 1973; Fox died at age 75 in 1986. They were both there at the beginnings of the industry, very important in the history of the comics.