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.Greeting reader! I am the most famous TIGER in history! You may be wondering how I can be so famous if YOU don't recognize me -- but trust me, you DO know me! I'll reveal my secret after this, the conclusion of our TIGER LEAGUE of AMERICA series, from WF #119 (August 1961), by Jerry Coleman (story), Dick Sprang (pencils) and Stan Kaye (inks). It's called, fittingly, "The Secret of Tigerman!"

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WF #119, COVER BY CURT SWAN AND STAN KAYE

THE STORY BEGINS!
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THE ABUSE CONTINUES...
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THE TYGER by WILLIAM BLAKE
History’s most famous tiger appeared in a poem written -- and illustrated -- by English poet William Blake (1757-1827). Blake attended Henry Pars's drawing school in the Strand, was apprenticed to an engraver, and set up his own engraving business in 1784. Many of Blake's best poems are found in Songs of Innocence (1789) and Songs of Experience (1794), two collections of poems which examine human nature and society.

Blake’s poems were not typeset -- Blake engraved them on backgrounds he drew himself. Printed copies were then colored by hand. Because spellings were not standardized when Blake wrote, some of the spelling in this poem may odd or old-fashioned. Presented below, as he originally appeared, drawn by the poet/artist himself... the world’s most famous tiger, star of William Blake’s immortal poem, “The Tyger.”
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In this poem, Blake marvels at the power of the being who created the tiger: God. With the practiced eye of an engraver, Blake observes the "fearful symmetry" of the tiger's markings, and wonders how the animal’s brain was forged: "What the hammer... what furnace... what the anvil?"

Finally, Blake wonders how the same God that made the meek lamb could also have created the ferocious tiger. The poem ends on the same question with which it started, but instead of "What immortal hand or eye COULD," it now reads "DARE frame thy fearful symmetry," intensifying awe of the tyger’s creator to the ultimate degree.
ARTICLE ADAPTED FROM: http://www.universalteacher.org.uk/poetry/blake.htm

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