There are some genuinely beautiful drawings here and there (especially that splash page!), but Williamson's storytelling hadn't yet come into full flower. Amazing the amount of work that he (and other former E.C. artists like Angelo Torres, Bernard Krigstein, etc.) put into these Atlas stories which paid almost half the page rates E.C. did. I give my old friend kudos for artistic integrity, but low marks for business savvy. At least Frazetta had a very good, steady wage on "Li'l Abner" (from 1954-1963) when the comics industry had largely collapsed.
A steady wage, perhaps, but Frank eventually regretted those long years doing that ghost work.
Fortunately for Frazetta he asked Capp for a raise in 1963; instead, his salary was cut in half, and Frank walked out. Then Roy Krenkel graciously gave Frank the connection with his clients Ace and Lancer, and the rest is history...after Frank spent a year trying shake free the cartoonish bent in his work and to regain his illustrator's 'hand' after 9 years of drawing Dogpatch characters. That was his regret, that he didn't continue to keep his realism chops sharp---but he overcame that problem. Sadly, Al Williamson and Wallace Wood stayed in comics too long. Williamson ended up having to become a hack inker in order to make a living, and Wood, having severe health problems from overwork, exacerbated by tobacco and alcohol, committed suicide. Both men should have gone on to other, more profitable venues and left comics behind, like Frazetta did.
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