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Monday, September 05, 2005

EC - A Timely Shock (Kamen)

A Timely Shock
art by Jack Kamen, story by Al Feldstein
Weird Fantasy #10 (1951)

This Jack Kamen illustrated story has a mineralogist going out on a fishing trip in the woods. Despite his desire to get away from his work, he notices an odd outcropping of a quartz-like material. As he examines a sample, a storm comes up and he's struck by lightning.

Recovering, he sees his fishing rod and the rock are gone, and he finds an attractive young woman in the water nearby. She's sure there's no cabin other than hers in the woods, and as she suspects the location of his cabin is empty. Going to her cabin, he also finds out she's a pretty direct woman, wasting no time in proposing. The next day they find out that he's in fact come 100 years into the future thanks to an experimental rock she was working on, and he finds out that a lot of things have changed in the future.

Pretty decent story with an odd surprise ending. As usual for a Kamen story, he takes any chance to draw a woman in a sexy pose, sometimes in quite unlikely ways. I also liked his view of futuristic architecture and design.

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