Saturday, 26 May 2018

Neal Adams' A View From Without



A View From Without was first published in a semi-underground called Phase in 1971, published by Hot Stuf's Sal Quartuccio, then picked up by Roy Thomas for the first issue of Unknown Worlds Of Science Fiction.
It's Bronze Age Neal Adams at the peak of his powers, and as statement on the Vietnam war ( then still ongoing ), it's incredibly visceral and maybe a little bit shrill, depending on your taste.
It was too much for some people, as seen by UWOSF's letters page:


But looked at purely as technique, it's pretty mind blowing ( which was, of course, the point ). And Neal as the alien looks like he's stepped out of La Jetee.










2 comments:

  1. I still have every issue of UWOSF that i bought as a kid. Those are the only comics I saved, they meant a lot to me. This story is a prime example, very non-mainstream and bold of Roy to republish it in a Marvel mag.

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  2. UWOSF was one of the greats, no doubt about it. Shame it didn't last longer.

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