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Thursday, February 16, 2006

EC - Monotony (Krigstein)

art by Bernard Krigstein, story by Al Feldstein
Crime SuspenStories #22 (1954)

This is one of my favourite of the EC crime stories, a clever tale about a banker, somewhat bored with the routine of his work, who accidentally finds a way to skim off some extra money from the account of an elderly customer. He uses increasing amounts of the money in order pursue a lavish lifestyle, until everything, as it must, comes crashing down, although with a few patented EC twists along the way.

Krigstein does a good job on this one. While not one of the stories where he did his experiments with multiple panels and the like, there's still some good storytelling, especially in the set-up on the first page showing the banker's daily routine.

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