Friday, February 04, 2011
The Ghastly Killers
Gather 'round, murder fans. I've got some tales for you from this charmingly titled ME comic book, The Killers #2, 1948. I've chosen two because they're drawn by "Ghastly" Graham Ingels during his pre-EC days. The story of the Assassins is based on truth with the usual disclaimer: "true" in comics is a concept usually stretched beyond recognition. I'm not going to make any political observations about the story that could apply to the times in which we live. Make of the story what you will.
"Drums of the Jungle" is a more routine jungle story set in South Africa, but with "natives" who with their long straight hair look as if they'd be more at home in the Amazon.
After looking at Ogden Whitney's artwork for over 50 years my observation on this cover is that it may be the most violent he ever drew. Those who know him strictly as the Herbie artist, ACG stalwart for years, and a Golden Age career drawing Skyman, may also be surprised at this illustration. I was.