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    Wally Wood Crime SuspenStories #3 Complete 6-page Story "Faced With Horror" Original Art (EC, 1951). Here's a two-fisted shocker for hard-boiled fiction aficionados, EC fan-addicts, and Wally Wood enthusiasts. Wood's mastery at staging crime capers and his moody noir background illustrations were a superb fit for the Crime SuspenStories yarns. Every panel is a masterwork of tense, electrifying drama -- and the payoff panel of plastic surgery gone bad is enough to scare anyone who's thinking of going under the knife witless.
    Our consignor strongly suspects that the springboard for this story was that great bit of black humor, Arsenic and Old Lace. Gangster Johnny Brewster (played by Boris Karloff on Broadway) gets plastic surgery to hide his features, but finds that the plastic surgeon, in a fit of whimsy, no doubt, has given him the features of -- Boris Karloff! What Broadway played purely for laughs, Wally Wood and the EC gang give us as wicked horror, but true to EC form, the laughs are not optional -- and the humor is as deliciously black, if not more so, than the play itself.
    And note that glass in the lower right hand corner of the first page splash -- that amazing glass appears to have swallowed a bullet whole without shattering -- and with no exit wound? Is this a bit of Wally Wood (pre-MAD) visual tongue-in-cheek? No matter, it is as visually compelling as the rest of the story: the Bogart-like swirl of smoke in the final panel of page 4 (that powerful profile image brilliantly echoing the last panel of the preceding page); the calendar pin-up of Tatjana on page 3 (one of many homages Wood drew to his first wife); the Harvey Kurtman-like choreography in the plastic surgeon's "dance of death" at the bottom of page five, and in the panel just above that, you gotta love that knight-on-a-black-charger table lamp! Who else but Wood could give us such delightful visual details? The answer is clear, no one, but Wood!
    Each page from this EC classic has an image area of 13" x 18", and aside from a few lettering corrections, the art is in Excellent condition.

    More information about Wally Wood, also known as Wood, Wally, Wallace Wood.

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