Everybody knows Marvel Comics.
Back in the late 40's and 50's Timely/Marvel was also known by the name ATLAS.
These pre- Marvel-Age Atlas comics are some of the coolest comics of the 50's, because Stan Lee always had wonderful artists in his 'bullpen'. Before Jack Kirby emerged as Marvel's #1 artist in the 60's, Stan Lee's favorite go-to artist was the multi-talented Joe Maneely.
Joe Maneely had a unique artistic style where he developed a beautiful hatching technique for shading his characters. He drew the successful syndicated newspaper comic strip 'MRS. LYONS CUBS', written by Stan Lee. He is perhaps most famous for his wonderfully detailed and historically accurate rendition of THE BLACK KNIGHT. Known for his amazing speed as well as his beautiful detailing, Maneely's work was soon gracing covers for nearly every comic in Atlas' line. His talent allowed him to vary his style to fit several genres without missing a beat, and his art for romance comics was as good as his sports comics, and his westerns, and his science fiction/fantasy, and his humor, and his horror comics...ah yes, his horror comics!
Maneely's eye for details helped him to create some truly incredible horror imagery of the 50's, including one of the all-time greatest pre-code horror covers,
ASTONISHING #30 from 1954.
Sadly, the world of comic books lost one of it's greatest talents in 1958, when after a night of drinking with companions from the Atlas bullpen, including pal Bill Everett, Joe Maneely was killed in a tragic train accident. He was 32 years old.
From SUSPENSE # 23, 1952, comes our tale from the team of Lee and Maneely, with it's tongue firmly in it's cheek. It's horror with a patented Stan Lee humorous twist ending, drawn with glorious and revolting perfection by the inspiring Joe Maneely.
For a treat, you can click here and go to THE HORRORS OF IT ALL to see another classic Atlas horror story by another comic book legend, Bill Everett, the cover story from the same issue! Don't miss it!