Sunday, August 10, 2014

Reading Room OUT OF THIS WORLD "Man-Eating Lizards"

It's fun to see early work by a talent who would become one of the all-time greats...
...like this rarely-seen work by a then-teenaged Joe Kubert!
Note: may be NSFW due to racial stereotypes common to the era.
Oddly, the Pacific Islanders are colored green in this tale from Avon's Out of This World (1950) one-shot.
But when this story appeared several years earlier in Avon's Eerie Comics #1 (1947), they were various shades of brown and tan...
There's no explanation for the change to the coloring, especially since all the other color elements remained the same in both versions!
While artist Joe Kubert went on to become one of the icons of graphic storytelling, writer Edward Bellin disappeared from comics after scripting just this and one other story...which also appeared in that issue of Eerie Comics.
But that's not the end of the story!
Bellin (actually "Edward J Bellin") was an early pen-name for a writer already well-established in science-fiction/fantasy...Cyril M. Kornbluth...who was looking to expand beyond the prose market into other media, including comics, radio, and television.
Kornbluth had used the name on one of his earliest short stories, "No Place to Go", and decided to reuse it years later for his comics work.
Who sez comics ain't educational?

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