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Joe Orlando - WEIRD FANTASY (1950-53) #22 Interior Page
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COMMENTS: Pg. 23; Joe Orlando pencils & inks; image size 13" x 18"
Pg. 5 of the story, The Fossil written by Bill Gaines and Al Feldstein
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Pg. 23; Joe Orlando pencils & inks; image size 13" x 18"
Pg. 5 of the story, The Fossil written by Bill Gaines and Al Feldstein

The sci-fi tale "The Fossil" comes from the final issue of Weird Fantasy before it was combined with Weird Science into, what else, Weird Science-Fantasy. Touching on the topics of evolution and the creation of life, this story offers a deep dive into the very origins of a species, with the typical twist ending usually found in these classic EC shorts. This story, written by Bill Gaines and Al Feldstein, was illustrated by the talented and respected Joe Orlando, and this page showcases his easy skill with pacing and framing that moves the story along gracefully from panel to panel. EC pages are very rare to the market, and original art from this iconic publishing house are always of keen interest to fans of pre-code Sci-Fi and Fantasy.

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.