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Joe Orlando - WEIRD SCIENCE (1950-53) #18 Interior Page
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COMMENTS: Pg. 29; Joe Orlando pencils & inks; image size 13" x 18"
Pg. 6 of the Story, Disassembled! written by Bill Gaines & Al Feldstein
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Pg. 29; Joe Orlando pencils & inks; image size 13" x 18"
Pg. 6 of the Story, Disassembled! written by Bill Gaines & Al Feldstein

This amazing Joe Orlando page from the deeply disturbing tale "Disassembled" is part of the lead up to a grisly crescendo, as was typical of EC stories, but this shock twist is a real humdinger. The Al Feldstein and Bill Gaines script for this story would fit in prefectly as an episode of "The Twilight Zone", it has flying saucers, robots, crop circles, and a mysterious narrator weaving the tale of his own demise. Pre-code Horror pages are popular items at auction, as collectors of the genre are extremely devoted, and when the pages originate from EC, you can bet the interest intensifies. It is stories just like this one that led to the creation of the Comics Code Authority.

Artist Information

Joseph "Joe" Orlando was an Italian American illustrator, writer, editor and cartoonist during a lengthy career spanning six decades. Orlando began his career as Wally Wood's assistant in 1949 and by 1951 was a regular staff artist at E.C. Comics, creating stories for many of their titles, notably providing the artwork for the story Judgment Day in Weird Fantasy #18, an early commentary on racial injustice. After E.C. Orlando would contribute to the Warren magazines Creepy and Eerie, providing both artwork and editorial input. At DC in the 60's Orlando would co-create the Inferior Five and Swinging with Scooter. DC moved Orlando into editorial where he would work for most of the rest of his career, working on numerous titles he would revive horror comics with House of Secrets and House of Mystery. It was Orlando who encouraged Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson to create the Swap Thing in House of Secrets #92. Orlando also worked in toy design, packaging and advertising; sales of Sea-Monkeys escalated considerably after Orlando drew a series of unusual advertisements visualizing the creatures' enchanted and peaceful undersea kingdom. He would eventually become the associate publisher of Mad and the vice president of DC Comics, where he edited numerous titles and ran DC's Special Projects department.