Sunday, May 29, 2022

The First Supervillian

Sunday Al Williamson Surprise. Signed Al Williamson, this we we have a short story from Journey Into Mystery #43 that has everything you want from a Williamson story... except maybe the inks. When Williamson returned to Marvel in the eighties and nineties, he showed himself to be the master of finishes. He introduced tenchniques for shading that other have since incorporated. Sometimes you see some of those techniques in his earlier work. Such as the way he uses ben-day dots to do the inage outside the window, or later the diagonal 'hay' he uses to draw a tree. But some of the other inking defentively looks non Williamson and in fact Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr. estimates on that the inking might be by Ralph Mayo. If so, they either worked together really well or Williamson did some of this stuff himself. There are a few hints that this story may have been written by Stan Lee. The job number comes in a row of Lee written (and signed) western stories and ir does use the word 'thru' instead of 'through', as Stan always did.


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