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WEIRD FANTASY (1950-53) #17
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5th issue; Feldstein cvr
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off white pgs
5th issue; Feldstein cvr
The tried and true formula of EC’s horror books was deployed with a similar effect in the company’s sci-fi, fantasy, and other genre books. The first ingredient being absolutely stellar artwork by some of the most talented illustrators in the business, next, a compelling title, third a snappy plot with a clear, concise story, and finally, a shock or twist ending. By sticking with this recipe EC carved out a niche for themselves in the comic market at precisely the right moment, cape books were on the wane, without a defined enemy to fight, superhero comics lost their way, and someone had to fill the void. Romance comics and western titles were popular at the time, but nobody quite rose to the occasion like EC. Weird Fantasy #17 (issue #5 in the run) is one of those perfect self-contained EC comics that collectors know and love, and thanks to Frederic Wertham and his ilk, these little gems have grown in stature to assume a legendary perch in the history of the funny book, earning the respect they deserve after attempts to consign them to the dustbin of history. Al Feldstein, Wally Wood, Marie Severin, Jack Kamen, and Harvey Kurtzman have all contributed their considerable talents to the creation of this issue.

Artists Information

Wally Wood is an American comic book artist/ writer who is also one of the founding artist for Mad comics. In addition to penciling numerous comic book pages, Wally also ventured into product illustration, music album covers, and trading cards. Wally's most notable works include the aforementioned Mad comics, Marvel's Daredevil, and Weird-Science Fantasy for EC comics.

Harvey Kurtzman was an American cartoonist and editor. His best-known work includes writing and editing the parodic comic book Mad from 1952 until 1956, and illustrating the Little Annie Fanny strips in Playboy from 1962 until 1988.

Jack Kamen was an American illustrator for books, magazines, comic books and advertising, known for his work illustrating crime, horror, humor, suspense and science fiction stories for EC Comics, for his work in advertising, and for the onscreen artwork he contributed to the 1982 horror anthology film Creepshow.

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