Monday, June 13, 2016

The Unexpected #128 - Bernie Wrightson art


The Unexpected v1 #128, 1971 - Of the five stories in this "bigger and better" issue, two are reprints from earlier decades within the same mystery genre. A miserly collector of antiques unexpectedly discovers a dimensional portal, and Bernie Wrightson illustrates his tale in stunning detail. Like much of his early bronze age works, the characters' faces are ghoulishly distorted at times (an influence of Graham Ingels at EC Comics). Still, there is an overall dark sumptuousness to his panels that easily exceeds the rest of the book. Note that Wrightson playfully inserted his name on the painting's title plate on the last page. Other artists in this issue include Bob Brown, Frank Giacoia, Sid Greene and Nick Cardy (cover). This is number 4 of 4 Unexpected issues with Wrightson art and/or covers (not including reprints).
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"There's More Than One Way To Get Framed" Wrightson story pencils and inks 9 pages = ***

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