Journey into Mystery #39 - Wally Wood art

Journey into Mystery v1 #39, 1956 - In this especially profound tale, a brilliant scientist relentlessly pursues his dream of a man living in space. Another man, the pilot chosen to be the first, seems equally dedicated to the cause. Wally Wood draws many of the panels in excruciating detail, including scenes of advanced and complex machinery. The artist displays a high degree of craftsmanship, despite the abundant text and dialogue (see interior page below). Given the many similarities, I wonder if this story was originally slated for EC comics. Other artists in this issue include Bob Forgione and Jack Abel. This is number 1 of 1 Journey into Mystery issues with Wood art and/or covers.
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"The Executioner" Wood story pencils and inks 4 pages = ****

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  1. I notice that Wood also lettered this. One-man show!

  2. Good observation. Also, Wood's work is rarely seen in old Atlas comics.