Monday, April 8, 2013

Infantino Month Part 2: "When Dead Men Walk"

 Second up for Infantino month is this moody story from Phantom Stranger #1 in 1952. It was featured in DC’s mostly lackluster Greatest 1950’s Stories Ever Told collection, and all in all it’s a fairly standard occult detective story, but god is that art gorgeous! All © DC.

 For some reason, when this story was reprinted in 1969, parts of it were extensively re-drawn. This was during Infantino’s reign as DC’s editorial director, shortly before becoming publisher, so he must not have felt too sentimental about seeing this story re-worked. Apparently it was changed to feel more cinematic. Still, the moodiness of that original splash is hard to beat.

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