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Sunday, February 19, 2006

EC - Trial by Arms (Wood)

Trial By Arms
art by Wallace Wood, story by Wallace Wood & Jerry De Fuccio
Two-Fisted Tales #34[#17] (1953)

This story is a nice showcase for Wood's artwork, with a middle ages setting that allowed for some elaborate costumes and a lot of silent segments (including three full pages of combat with just brief captions or dialogue on the top tier). The story is simple enough, with one knight accused of killing another, and asking the Duke for trial by combat to prove his innocence. That sets the way for the three pages of Wood drawing the battle, and the finally ending that proves right doesn't always make right, and the illusion of honour is often more desirable than the fact of it.

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