Tuesday, March 01, 2022

The Rise and Fall of a Western Town

Sunday Al Williamson Day. 

I almost forgot to do my weekly duty and bring you another story Al Williamson did for Timely Atlas. This time it is a very special one and I am relying on the unmissable Atlas Tales website to confirm it is inked by Al Williamson. But the pencilling (of course) is by none other than Reed Crandall. Williamson and Crandall worked together often in the late fifties, but this may be one of the first times. 

Reed Crandaal did a lot of work for Stan Lee after EC folded, but never as much as much as Al Williamson. Seeing them together is a feast for the eye. Crandell usually inked his own work, but here Williamson lifts it to another level. Stan Lee spins an atypical tale, overwrites it a bit, but all in all it works for me. Not in the last place because of that striking first page.


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