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Friday, August 19, 2005

Weird Wonder Tales #6 - The Man in the Crazy Maze

A 7-page Kirby/Ayers reprint from STRANGE TALES #100 (1962) in this story, featuring a failing amusement park owner who designs an impossible to solve maze in order to prop up his business. There are some neat little visual bits in the designs inside the maze, although really, they'd have been pretty expensive to build for a failing amusement park. Trap doors, upsidedown rooms, optical illusions. The door giving off an electrical shock would also seem to be a health code violation.

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Eventually he kills a reporter who threatens to expose him, and then confronts the owner of a rival maze (were mazes really all the rage back in the 1960s?), who turns out to be...

Well, the story (in both the original and reprint) say the rival is "Fate", but some of the lettering and art on the last page looks to be changed, so I think it was originally supposed to be something more demonic, maybe "Satan", and changed at the last minute.

Visually a very fun story, especially the weird maze on the first page and all the weird perspective bits inside the maze.

Published 1974

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