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Piracy #2 - Wally Wood, Al Williamson art

Piracy v1 #2 ec comic book cover art by Reed Crandall
Piracy v1 #2, 1954 - In his tale of skin diver's search for a sunken galleon, Al Williamson's contemporary style seems particularly well suited. Several panels are burdened with abundant text and dialogue (page two especially), yet his drawings maintain a high standard. Augmented by Angelo Torres' inks, the underwater scenes are eerie and convincing (see interior page). Wally Wood tells of an intense dislike between a ship captain and his crewman. The artist fills each page with a plethora of details including the frigate's rigging, masts and woodwork. Framed and open panels toggle back and forth, increasing variety and interest. Wood's EC artwork is often exquisite and this issue is no exception. These stories were later reprinted in Piracy v2 #2. Other artists in this issue include Jack Davis and Reed Crandall (art and cover). This is number 2 of 2 Piracy issues with Wood art and/or covers and number 2 of 2 Piracy issues with Williamson art and/or covers.
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"A Fitting End" Wood story pencils and inks 6 pages = ****
"The Shell Game" Williamson story pencils (Angelo Torres inks) 6 pages = ***

Wally Wood
Piracy v1 #2 ec comic book page art by Al Williamson
Al Williamson
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