WEIRD TALES OF THE FUTURE #3 (1952)
BASIL WOLVERTON

Okay, if this one didn't haunt your dreams when you were a kid, I'd be pretty worried. It's a cover only Jeffrey Dahmer and fans of the irrepressible Basil Wolverton could love. This picture fits solidly into one of the two genres that Wolverton excelled at: humor and horror. I'll let you figure out which one it belongs in, but suffice it to say that Basil was equally brilliant at both. He begins with a horror cliche (probably not such a cliche then), of the beautiful, grieving woman bringing roses to the grave of a dearly departed. Then all hell breaks loose, with a quintessential Wolverton Zombie smashing through the ground, toppling tombstones and cracking open caskets for all to see. It's a riotous, uninhibited, gruesome, spectacular picture in the Grand Guignol tradition. It's also the best image from a series that features six all-time classic covers in a mere eight-issue run.

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