Tuesday, March 13, 2007

EC - African Scream (Wood)

African Scream!
art by Wallace Wood, story by Al Feldstein
Panic #2 (1954)

Hitting all of the pop-culture touchstones of the 1950s, this story is a parody of the 1951 movie AFRICAN QUEEN, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. Or in this case, "Yogert" and "Heartburn", traveling on a steamboat in Africa, fighting Germans in the early days of World War One.



I'm not familiar with the original movie, but there's enough background in here that you don't need to be. It's typical of Wood's Mad/Panic work of the era, with a lot of weird random background jokes and really good cartoony versions of the celebrities being parodied. I also thought that the script did a good job of capturing Hepburn's distinctive voice.

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