Can you recognize whose pencils lie under Al Williamson's inks here?
into the Unknown 107 (Apr/59) is
the third issue to carry credits on the stories' splash pages. The
artist on "You Never Can Tell" is given as Williamson.
Art-spotters have noticed that it doesn't really look like his solo
work; at present, the Grand Comics Database IDs Williamson as the
penciller and Jack Davis as the inker. Others like James Vadeboncoeur
Jr. have zeroed in on the pencils as the non-Williamson component.
Many of the other pages and panels might have been a distraction in the identification process; I cherry-picked these. Williamson has inked this artist elsewhere with a much lighter hand.
I doubt that Williamson called up the uncredited one offering a ghost-penciling job. I'd posit that, instead, he had this inking job on hand from another publisher—say Harvey—when the book it
was meant for was canceled. Eventually he brought it to ACG.
The writer's credit is to "Kermit Lundgren" (Richard Hughes), and I
don't see any reason to say he didn't do the final script; the
lettering is certainly ACG's. Under the circumstances I've imagined, the original artist might well have
written as he drew, lettering in pencil; editor Hughes, just like some other editor-writers, then revised to fit his one-man house style.
So—do you see who I see?