Friday, June 18, 2010

#7 - Top 12 Favorite Comic Book Short Stories

Telescope - Tales from the Crypt #45 (Dec-Jan, 1955)
Carl Wessler & Jack Davis, 7 pages

This is the only EC horror story in my top 12 (although a few have an EC vibe, and I have one EC noir/crime tale). It's a fun little story about a shipwreck survivor's search for a meal. The problem is, a rat also survived and has the same idea. It's a fairly typical EC yarn, with plenty of black humour and a very nice pay-off. It is elevated to classic status by the brilliant Jack Davis artwork (he also supplied the cover). He is a true master of the artform, and I am always surprised when his name isn't included in lists of all-time greats. This one puts a smile on my face each and every time I read it.


Ryan K Lindsay said...

I always loved this story. The reveal at the end was the sort of thing EC always did perfectly. But I would put a few other EC stories ahead of this one, personally. Perhaps I should mock up a post...

Thanks for the reminder, I'll dig this comic out soon.

Scott M said...

Glad you liked the post. It's a really funny and gross story - but it works as well today as it did back then.