Black Cat 50, 1954

Black Cat 50, 1954

A bar of radium and a melting face. This is a classic horror comic cover by any measure. There is a story inside this comic titled "White Heat," which involves deadly radiation, but it does not feature the scene pictured on the cover.

The identity of this cover's artist has been the subject of some dispute. The Overstreet Price Guide (and many others) credit Warren Kremer, an artist I admire and respect greatly. However, after much consideration I have come to the conclusion that the artwork shows every sign of being by Harvey cover art regular Lee Elias. I'm pleased to see that the absolutely wonderful Grand Comic Database Project agrees with me.