I cannot imagine how Golden Age comic-book readers reacted to Basil Wolverton’s work.
He routinely worked in such disparate genres as humor, super-heroics, science-fiction and horror, yet his style never bended to the conventions of the assigned story. Rather, Wolverton’s vision bent genre conventions to fit his unique style.
Nothing in the comics field before, during or since Wolverton’s career is quite the same as a story by the artist himself.
The following three-page story originally appeared in Weird Chillers #1 (Key, 1954). “The Man Who Never Smiled” is a short and simple tale that nonetheless achieves a level of freakiness that transcends the years due to Wolverton’s inimitable art.