art by Al Williamson & Frank Frazetta, story by Al Feldstein
Crime SuspenStories #17 (1953)
Knowing that this is a story drawn by Al Williamson and Frank Frazetta, is anyone surprised that it features sexy women and rugged men?
I didn't think so.
Frazetta did most of his few stories at EC with Williamson, and it's a really nice combination. Frazetta's influence nicely softens Williamson's usual hard-line, fitting this combination romance/crime story, and all the female figure rendering is as sexy as you'd expect from the two.
This story features a ranch hand getting close to the lady owner of the Circle-Diamond, parlaying her affections to an easy foreman job. Soon enough he gets bored with her, refusing to be tied down, and starts spending time with a sexy singer in town, completely unapologetic to both when confronted. That kind of behaviour is rarely rewarded in comics that trade in the twist ending, and so it is here.
Note: among the features of the upcoming "Picto-Fiction" hardcover set is an unpublished and unfinished Frazetta story.