Al Feldstein Weird Fantasy #11 Iconic
Bombing of Manhattan Cover Original Art (EC, 1952).
EC artist Al Feldstein spotlights a heart-stopping scene of atomic
warfare in this cover based on the yarn, "10th at Noon."
Feldstein's razor-sharp brush strokes and dramatic perspective
prove brilliant in heightening the sense of disaster of this cosmic
attack on Manhattan, and his science fiction landscape recalls the
detailed, and famous "atomic attack" paintings of Chesley
Bonestell. The August 5, 1950 cover of Collier's
ran an illustration of a mushroom cloud over Manhattan, with the
headline reading: "Hiroshima, U. S. A.: Can Anything be Done
Written by John Lear, with paintings by Chesley
Bonestell and Birney Lettick, Collier's
obliterates New York
through horrifying words and pictures. The first page of the
article explains "the story of this story": "For five years now
the world has lived with the dreadful knowledge that atomic warfare
is possible. Since last September, when the President announced
publicly that the Russians too had produced an atomic explosion,
this nation has lived face to face with the terrifying realization
that an attack with atomic weapons could be made against us. But,
until now, no responsible voice has evaluated the problem
constructively, in words everybody can understand. This article
performs that service. Collier's gives it more
than customary space in the conviction that, when the danger is
delineated and the means to combat it effectively is made clear,
democracy will have an infinitely stronger chance to survive."
It was no doubt one of the most frightening images to ever grace
the cover of a major American magazine. This iconic EC scene, a
comic book twist on this nightmare of the Cold War era, has an
image area of 13.5" x 19.25", and the art is in Excellent
condition. From the Jerry Weist Collection.
Al Feldstein:(American, b. 1925) is a comic book editor, writer, and artist, and was one of the key talents at EC. After attending the High School of Music and Art, he began his career in the comic book field at the Iger shop in 1941. Feldstein joined EC in 1947, and worked there until his retirement in 1985. He drew for EC's love, crime, and western features, before the company started its more famous line of horror, science-fiction and suspense comics, known to EC fans as the New Trend. Feldstein cut back on most of his drawing activities during the mid-fifties, and became one of the New Trend's most prolific and innovative writers. When Harvey Kurtzman left EC after a dispute with Publisher William Gaines over creative control of Mad, Feldstein was made the title's new editor. Under his editorship, many of the magazine's now classic features came to life, such as Dave Berg's Lighter Side, Al Jaffee's fold-ins, Mort Drucker's movie parodies, and Antonio Prohias' Spy vs. Spy. After his retirement in 1984, Feldstein became a fine artist, and has also re-created many of his classic covers as large paintings.
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