We're kind of in cute girl mode here at AEET, ain't we? So okay, let's see how this titillating theme applies to today's Friday Frights post with a creepy little classic from the September - October 1952 issue of EC's Weird Fantasy #15, plus awesome art by Jack Kamen! Those of you with a green thumb and / or an eye for gorgeous gams, are sure to find "Petite" to be the perfect plant specimen! We have one more Friday left this month as well, and I do hope that everyone's enjoying the slight shift to sci-fi horror over the last few weeks, stay tombed for more...
Kamen was ECs go to "good girl" artist, it's why Al employed him so well on crime and suspense comics when there was a femme fatale.
The last panel is as horrifying as a panel at the end of an EC horror book, yet it's kind of hopeful at the same time! I guess that's probably one of the great things about sci-fi stories.
Kamen does a couple panel breaks here and there, I always enjoyed that from his work, and he uses it sparingly but to good effect.
I thought the last two pages of this were superb--especially the top of page six, with the spoon shovel and the pencil grave marker. For the record, I think sci-fi horror is my favorite kind. I mean, that's where you get mad scientists and theremin soundtracks and the weirdest possible lighting, right? Weird sci-fi romance? Well, that's just all of the above with a little cheesecake, besides.
This one's actually quite adorable, a teeny tiny pinup model just literally sprouts out of this scientist's plant one day. The ending to this one is kind of sad yet happy at the same time. He went through all that to be with her for the rest of his life only for her to pass away in the fall. On the bright side, she'll be back in 10 years, but she only lives for one season. Why couldn't that plant be a perennial?
Kamen excelled in drawing sleazeballs & beautiful chicks for EC. This time, however, he depicted a romance that`s -Choke!- almost sweet.
This is a great example of an EC artist struggling with their standard HUGE descriptions/word balloons.
It's odd that 'Picto-Fiction' failed, as this really isn't that different! ;)
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