Sunday Meskin Measures.
Now that my far from complete set of House of Secrets stories by Mort Meskin has run it's course, I am forced to look back at the earlier House of Mystery. And I am glad I did, as it leads me to this terrific, atmospheric story. When things started to go bad at Prize, Meskin returned to DC. It was not a resounding succes. Although he had been a major influence in the forties, his style and possibly his unassuming manner were not what the DC editors were loking for. he did a couple of war stories that were nog well recieved and soon sidestepped to the fantasy books, where he became one of the regulars. This is the third stry he did for House of Mystery and it seems he really gave it his best shot. A couple of years ago I might have suggested he may have had help from another artist on a story like this, but now I am not sure. It may just have been a case of Meskin hiself trying to fit into the DC mold. Still, enough of his own traces remain, including some panel that look they have been carved out of blackness instead of being drawn black on whote - just like his work in the mid forties. Impresive stuff... and ther is more in the next couple of weeks.