I Love Ya But You're Strange - What's With the As, Ls, H and B?

Every day this August I'll be spotlighting strange but ultimately endearing comic stories, one a day (basically, we're talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of past installments of this feature.

Today we look at a bizarre story from 1952's Strange Tales #9 about a man getting involved into a card game where the people are playing for letters. What's the deal with the letters?!!? Read on to find out!

Marty Elkin did the art for this four-pager and I honestly don't know who wrote it. Stan Lee, perhaps?

So anyhow, it is about a grifter who weasels his way into what he thinks is a high stakes poker game...

That is an awesome short story, but man, is it a weird one!!!

What I don't get is - what about the body parts of the other players? Did they just swap each others' parts?

By the way, while it was a fun story, how half-assed was Elkin's art in the story at times? It was like he didn't want to finish drawing some of the faces.

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