Sunday, June 6, 2010

Al Williamson's "Telephone from the Tomb"

Consider, if you will, a lazy Sunday afternoon. You're sitting back in your easy chair, reading a stack of Groovy Age comics. You're relaxed. Getting drowsy. The phone rings. You've just entered...the NoNap Zone. Now, that's a bit of bad luck, but not nearly as bad as the sorry fortune poor Johnny Baby encounters in this Al Williamson illustrated tale of tension, "Telephone from the Tomb." Yes, that's right...exit the NoNap Zone. Enter...The Twilight Zone #51 (May 1973).


  1. Are you sure this is McWilliams? Looks a lot like SECRET AGENT CORRIGAN when done by Al Williamson to me but it's clearly NOT Williamson. I would have guessed perhaps Angelo Torres. Even the layouts look all wrong for McWilliams' style to me.

  2. On second look, this actually could be Williamson in spite of the lack of his trademarks (like the spotted something that's in all his work).

  3. the art here is by Al Williamson

  4. It is, indeed, Williamson. Sorry for the confusion, guys. My brain and my fingers weren't cooperating with one another the day I wrote that post up.

  5. 100% Al Williamson.

    There are certain postures and angles at which al draws most f his pictures and as someone who has grown up with Agent X9, I can bet my bottom dollar for the confirmation that this artwork belongs to Al Williamson.

    P.S: Do you know that he used to take photographs of himself and used them as models for his drawings?

  6. Love that! I can't find any record of him doing Charlton romance stories, but his work looks so familiar...

  7. Those who are accustomed with Al's Art style, can easily verify his trademark art in page 3(1st Panel) and Page 6 (1st Panel).

    Those are his trademark works.

  8. Always great to see Al Williamson art.

  9. I'm a big fan of the old horror anthology comics. But try as I might, I just can't get into the Gold Key books. The art is just lackluster in my eyes.

    It's like getting a Charlton ghost comic, but without anything from Steve Ditko, Don Newton or a handful of other top-notch artists who make the Charlton books worth reading.

    And the painted covers have always looked weird to me.

  10. Learn more about legendary comics artist Al Williamson in this Mr. Media interview with his friend and artist Mark Schultz, in which he discusses the book Al Williamson’s Flash Gordon: A Lifelong Vision of the Heroic.



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