Here we have a fascinating exhibit of two legendary EC Comics artists with widely divergent styles coming together in a once-in-a-lifetime mixture -- Wally Wood pencils and John Severin inks!
I have stated on previous posts how much I respect each of these talented artists. What is unusual here is that it is Severin inking Wood. Both artists have a strong stamp of individuality in their respective styles, and usually any story where they ink another artists pencils, it is their own style which ultimately shines through and stands out. Severin inks over Dick Ayers, looks like Severin...Severin over Trimpe looks like Severin. But, when the pencil artist is as strong as the inker, the result is an exciting blend. For instance, Wood inks on Bob Oskner was to me a joyous blending of styles. So was Wood inks over Gil Kane pencils. Both artists shined through and the individual talents unique to each formed a synergy that was the best of both worlds.
Is that the case here? You tell me.
In the end, the result is astonishing, and the art is excellent. While I love the strange hybrid art that these masters created here, the truth is that the marriage of styles was ultimately not in the best interest for either artist. Personally, I would loved to have seen more from this unlikely team.
This is classic CREEPY, from issue # 91, 1976. Written by Archie Goodwin, this story remains an intriguing study of a collaboration of giants.
*note - originally there was confusion as to the artwork attribution, namely the fact that Severin's name was listed before Wood's (see at bottom of page 1 below)by Warren, which led myself to falsely conclude originally that Severin had penciled and Wood had inked. A closer scrutiny of the artwork and eagle-eyed viewer comments(thank you Tamfos) have, after the fact, resolved the individual art attributions, and I have since updated my original post to reflect the same. Interesting back and forth in the comments section reflect this earlier original misrepresentation. Thank you!
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