Sunday, March 19, 2006

EC - Alamo (Severin)

Alamo
art by John Severin, story by Harvey Kurtzman
Two-Fisted Tales #28[#11] (1952)

This story is of course about the fall of the Alamo in 1836 Texas, as told by the thoughts of a private in Santa Anna's army as he faces the last five Texan survivors after the battle. There's an interesting page structure for the main story pages, where the first panel is set after the battle, the rest being a flashback, with three panels in the top tier generally establishing the scene, then four fast panels in the middle tier, with a lot more of the battle and then a wide panoramic panel in the final tier. Having four stories in an issue gives you a chance to sometimes play around with the structure like that and see how it works, I guess.

Severin doing the 19th century is always good to see, and the story does a nice job of making the reluctant Mexican private seem sympathetic, while of course ending with a "Remember the Alamo" battle cry caption.

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