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World of Fantasy #1-19 (May 1956 – August 1959).
World of Fantasy was a science fiction/fantasy comic book anthology series published by Marvel Comics' 1950s predecessor company, Atlas Comics. Lasting from 1956 to 1959, it included the work of several notable comics artists, including industry legends Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and Bill Everett.
The Marvel Comics antagonist Shrunken Bones (Dr. Jerry Morgan), of the supervillain team the Headmen, first appeared as a supporting character in a standalone science-fiction story, "Prisoner of the Fantastic Fog", by writer-artist Angelo Torres, in issue #11 (April 1958).
World of Fantasy ran 19 issues, cover-dated May 1956 to August 1959, and was published bi-monthly for all but two issues, #8 and #9 (Aug. & Dec. 1957). It was edited by Stan Lee and written by himself and Atlas staff writers, the latter uncredited except for Carl Wessler.
Bill Everett, creator of the Sub-Mariner during the period fans and historians call the Golden Age of Comic Books, was the title's most frequent cover artist, producing seven. The covers of #15 and #17-19 (Dec. 1958 and April-Aug. 1959) and a story each in #16 and #18 (Feb. and June 1959) marked some of the earliest work of Jack Kirby upon his return to Marvel Comics, after having co-created Captain America in 1940 and leaving the company a year later.
Other artists who contributed at least one story include Golden Age greats Carl Burgos, Kurt Schaffenberger, and Bob Powell; popular artists of the time including Bernard Krigstein, Joe Maneely, Joe Orlando, and Al Williamson; and future Marvel superhero pencilers of the 1960s Silver Age of Comics, including Ross Andru, Dick Ayers, Gene Colan, Don Heck, and Jim Mooney, and inkers Joe Sinnott and Jack Abel.
Bernard Krigstein (March 22, 1919 – January 8, 1990) was an American illustrator and gallery artist who received acclaim for his innovative and influential approach to comic book art, notably in EC Comics. He was known as Bernie Krigstein, and his artwork usually displayed the signature B. Krigstein.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Krigstein was trained as a classical painter. Krigstein's best known work in comic books is the short story "Master Race", originally published in the debut issue (April 1955) of EC Comics' Impact. The protagonist is a former Nazi death camp commandant named Reissman who had managed to elude justice until he is spotted ten years later riding a New York subway. This story was remarkable for its subject matter, since the Holocaust was rarely discussed in popular media of the 1950s, as indicated by the controversy that same year surrounding Alain Resnais's Night and Fog (1955).
Krigstein, who sometimes chafed at the limits of the material EC gave him to illustrate, expanded what had been planned for six-pages into an eight-page story. The results were so striking that the company reworked the issue to accommodate the two extra pages. Krigstein had stretched out certain sequences in purely visual terms; repetitive strobe-like drawings mimic the motion of a passing train, and Commandant Reissman's final moment of life is broken down into four individual poses of desperate physical struggle. Art Spiegelman described the effect in The New Yorker: "The two tiers of wordless staccato panels that climax the story... have often been described as 'cinematic', a phrase thoroughly inadequate to the achievement: Krigstein condenses and distends time itself... Reissman's life floats in space like the suspended matter in a lava lamp. The cumulative effect carries an impact—simultaneously visceral and intellectual—that is unique to comics.
Krigstein also did humor, such as "From Eternity Back to Here" in Mad #12, "Bringing Back Father" in Mad #17 and "Crash McCool" in Mad #26. His wife, Natalie, wrote romance comics during the genre's peak. They had a daughter, Cora, in 1949.
In the early 1960s, Krigstein left comics in order to draw and paint illustrations for magazines, book jackets and record albums, eventually turning away from commercial assignments in order to focus on fine art. In 1962, he took a position at the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan, where he taught for 20 years.
As he told a 1962 interviewer, "It's what happens between these panels that's so fascinating. Look at all that dramatic action that one never gets a chance to see. It's between these panels that the fascinating stuff takes place. And unless the artist would be permitted to delve into that, the form must remain infantile."
He was posthumously inducted into the comic book industry's Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2005.Greg Sadowski's book B. Krigstein, Vol. 1 won the Harvey Award for Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation in 2003, and was also nominated for the Harvey Special Award for Excellence in Presentation in 2003.