Lot 69 of 340:
The THING! #17 * 4.0 * Steve DITKO Cover  

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Title:
The THING! No. 17

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Charlton

Date:
November, 1954

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VG (4.0) or better. A solid copy, clean and flat with some cover rubs, light sun shadow to back cover, very slight center crease. Cream to off-white pages. Steve Ditko cover. Art by Steve Kirkel, Dick Ayres, Bob Powell. Last ish.

Alice visits Wonderland, proceeds to kill everyone she meets (Malice in Wonderland?); man kills uncle with acid, goes on booze & sex spree, gets crushed in wine press; Ditkoesque character spouts Ayn Randisms: "I'll stay as far away from these human sheep as possible. I can't stand their stupid chatter!" 

Charlton paid the lowest rates in the comics biz and had an air of disreputability. "Charlton Publications... was owned by two men who met in prison. John Santangelo, Sr., a Sicilian immigrant, was a former bricklayer whose first publishing endeavors resulted in a conviction for copyright infringement. While serving [time], he met Ed Levy, a disbarred lawyer, and the two of them decided to start a new publishing company. They called it Charlton... It was to be an above-board organization, though a whiff of the Mafia seemed to pervade Santangelo's demeanor. (Many of the people behind the distribution and trucking of periodicals are said to have had ties to organized crime.)" -Bill Schelly, Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America [Fantagraphics: 2015].

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