DescriptionAl Feldstein Weird Fantasy #11 Iconic Bombing of Manhattan Cover Original Art (EC, 1952). Legendary 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 magazine ran an illustration of a mushroom cloud over Manhattan, with the headline reading: "Hiroshima, U. S. A.: Can Anything be Done About It?" 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.
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