Friday, 1 July 2016

'ALIAS WOOD & JONES' DEPT: THE MUMMY...



You're right!  The title of this post makes no sense at all.  It's a
forced wordplay on 'ALIAS SMITH & JONES', the '70s TV show.
Not to worry 'though, I'm about to redeem myself with this superbly-
drawn comic strip adaptation of the 1931 UNIVERSAL movie - 'The
MUMMY'.  Drawn by RUSS JONES (not RUSS HEATH, as I absent-
mindedly typed in a previous post) and WALLY WOOD, it's a feast for
the eyes.  Curiously, only WW gets a mention in the credits, but later
sources cite Jones as well, 'though I'm not sure in what capacity.
Did he pencil and Woody ink, or was it a bit of both?  If any-
one knows for sure, let me know, willya?

I've got a coloured version of this strip, which I'd originally in-
tended to post, but I'll save that for another time.  Here's the black
and white first printing of the tale from MONSTER WORLD #1.
And I've included the cover at the end, so that you know what
you're looking for when you scurry over to eBay.  Enjoy.






14 comments:

TC said...

I didn't know if anyone besides me remembered Alias Smith & Jones. It was an obvious attempt to do Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid as a TV series.

I also didn't know that another artist worked on the Mummy comic. It looked like Wally Wood's style to me. I have no clue whether Jones did pencils and Wood inks, or vice versa.

The adaptation appears to have mixed up the characters of Dr. Muller and Sir Joseph.

Monster World #1 also had articles/features on Lionel Atwill (the "Mad Doctor of the Horror Films") the 1950's Black Sleep movie (IIRC, the six stars included Rathbone, Chaney, and Carradine), and a "Mr. Magoo Meets Frankenstein" cartoon.

Kid said...

I remember when 'Alias Smith & Jones' first started on British TV, TC - shame about what happened to Pete Duel. Woody had a studio of artists that worked as his 'assistants' to a greater or lesser degree. Unless Woody was only doing inking, the assistants usually didn't get a mention. Obviously Russ Jones must have been mainly responsible for the pencilling in the case of 'The Mummy's Hand', but involved in a different way with 'The Mummy'.

Phil S said...

That is some gorgeous are right there. And I have to say I'm not familiar enough with Russ Jones to see anything but Wood in that art. However I'm going to link this to my FB.

Kid said...

You feel free, Phil. Link away. I'd have loved to have seen them do Frankenstein - the Boris Karloff version.

Colin Jones said...

It was only about 18 months ago that I discovered Pete Duel had died in 1971 - all those times I watched Alias Smith & Jones and I didn't know he was dead !!

Kid said...

I knew at the time, CJ, because it was all over the news. Roger Davis did his best, but the series didn't last too long after that. Pete Duel had a brother (also an actor) who apparently looked very like him - I wonder if they ever considered offering him the part?

Dunsade Dave said...

That is gorgeous art. Page 5, panel 3 is one of the creepiest drawings I think I've ever seen! I love Wally Wood's sci-fi stuff he drew for EC. I knew he'd done comparatively little pencilling on big-name superhero titles, but just checked Wikipedia and was surprised by just how little- I'd have loved to have seen him have a year or two drawing Batman.

Incidentally Kid, I found this while skulking around the web: Al Williamson pencils inked by Wally Wood. What a combo! http://www.comics.org/issue/696960/cover/4/

Kid said...

Took a look at that link, DD - very nicely done. However, the guy's legs look a little short in relation to his body (ever the critic). As for Wood, I suppose we should be thankful for his Daredevil and T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents strips, eh?

Dunsade Dave said...

The Daredevil issue drawn by Wally Wood where he fights the Sub-Mariner is one of my favorite single issues ever. It's right up there with Fantastic Four 51 and Amazing Spider-Man 50 for me as one of Marvel's finest Silver Age moments.

Kid said...

Daredevil #7, if I remember correctly. I don't have the original issue, but I DO have various reprints of it. As you say, DD, one of Marvel's finest.

Neil Hansen said...

Just gorgeous stuff. Many thanks!

Kid said...

My pleasure, NH. Glad you enjoyed it.

TC said...

I remember seeing the news about Pete Duel in 1971, when I was almost 13. Colin probably would have been four or five at the time, and naturally would have no memory of it. (Similarly, I have no memory of hearing about the deaths of Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, or even President Kennedy at the time they happened.)

I don't know whether Geoffrey Duel was ever considered as a replacement. I remember seeing him as Billy the Kid in an early 1970's John Wayne Western, Chisum. Other than that, he seems to have mostly played secondary parts in made-for-TV movies and in episodes of various TV series. I even had a little trouble keeping it straight which brother was which, as the only thing I really knew either of them for was playing an outlaw in a Western.

Kid said...

I suppose it would depend on just how similar he was to his brother in looks and speech. Too much, and it might've seemed a bit strange to viewers; not enough, and there probably wouldn't have been much point casting him in the role. The best of those two options would probably be the first, but he would need to have been Pete's identical twin in every respect for such a switch to work.

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