As we quickly approach Halloween, it’s time to drag out a 300 year old witch for some THOIA black magic! This one from the July 1953 issue of Baffling Mysteries #16 features some attractive art from Louis Zansky, and a most welcome body count too! What witchy movie am I thinking of?
A double shot of haunted horrors erupted from the bowels of the Earth last week: HAUNTED HORROR #24 from the ongoing bi monthly series, as well as the HH Volume 4 hardcover collection “Candles for the Undead and Much More!” featuring issues 10-12 PLUS bonus tales not found in the individual issues! I have some sneak peeks at each release for you today, and hey– if you’re having trubz finding HAUNTED HORROR in your town, drop me a line– good ‘ol Mr. Karswell has the hook-up for signed back issues and whatever else your screaming soul craves!
While I’m working on a larger Halloween themed post, here’s a minor supernatural quickie with spooky art by Gene Fawcette, from the August 1954 issue of Out of the Shadows #14. This was the final issue of this interesting horror series, and nearly half the stories in this one received the remake / reprint treatment in the Eerie Pubs a few decades later… our current tale in question eventually finding itself retitled “Deadman’s Hands” and appearing in no less than 5 different Eerie issues.
And now, the fourth and final story from the April 1952 issue of Mysterious Adventures #7, dig the previous 3 posts for the other tales. This is a better than average Hollingsworth effort, though typically contains some laughable illustrative moments (like the perspective hand problem in panel 4 on page 5), but overall it’s still a fun entry in one of the better collections from this precode series. Hope everyone enjoyed another full issue presentation here at THOIA— lots more on the way for Halloween— and beyond!
It’s awesome enough to get one Lou Cameron story in a single issue– but getting TWO feels like discovering buried treasure! And this one is indeed a doozy as well, though not as bat shit crazy as the tattoo tale in our last post, but it sure does have its moments– including one particularly painful panel that might make you wince, as well as a superbly spooky ending.
From the April 1952 issue of Mysteries Adventures #7.
Yes, I know the word “tattoo” has 3 T’s in it, but that didn’t stop the still amazingly talented, Lou Cameron from illustrating and delivering what it pretty much the best and most gruesome story in the April 1952 issue of Mysterious Adventures #7. Seriously, this tale is full of awesome WTF. Looking forward to the comments on this one! More from this crazy issue up next too!
Speaking of Crazy, if you’re a fan of the same named silver age magazine published by Marvel, (as well as a fan of the film, The Exorcist), head on over to my other blog for their hilarious spoof from the August 1974 issue of Crazy #6! Just CLICK HERE!
While in Orlando last week for Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights, I picked up a coverless, though very nicely priced, copy of the April 1952 issue of Mysterious Adventures #7 (thank you Colosseum of Comics!) This gem of an issue contains all sorts of insanity and violence, and I do believe we’ll be taking a look at the entire issue throughout this great halloweeny month of October! So hang onto your various body parts, kids, cuz for the next four posts we’ll be gagging on tales about cannibals, zombies, ghost pirates, and deadly tattoos!
The next artist edition in our Chilling Archives of Horror Comics hardcover collection has been announced, and it’s going to be Jay Disbrow’s Monster Invasion! If you’ve been following this blog then you’ve seen a handful of his terrifically crazy, creature-loaded stories posted here over the years, (if not then check the archive), as well as lovingly reprinted in Haunted Horror! Look for this one in stores early 2017, and of course you can pre-order NOW at Amazon by clicking HERE. In the monstery meantime, we have a short ‘n sweet Disbrow tale to get you in the mood for some weird love of another sort– originally presented in the October 1952 issue of Forbidden Worlds #10.
One of my all time favorite precode Harvey stories is “Headless Horror” from the May 1952 issue of Chamber of Chills #8— click HERE to read it in our THOIA Archive! It’s surprisingly gory and superbly atmospheric, and seriously, I like it so much I put it in the “Scarifying Mr. Karswell Issue” of Haunted Horror #14! So again today we have an Eerie Pub remake/redraw, retitled “Horror Without a Head”, and as usual we see an updated Harvey classic (this time with Nestor Olivera art) that is visually moody and cinematic, though I will say the 50’s original is probably more effectively violent because we get to see all that glorious gore in FULL COLOR! Another interesting choice in the remake is to take the fabulous panel from page 6 of the original story and rework it a bit for the new splash. Like our previous posts this month, today’s tale is also from the September 1981 issue of of Terrors of Dracula Vol. 3 #2. Anybody getting tired of these Eerie Pub remakes yet?
Yet another Eerie Pub remake / redraw of a classic precode horror tale, and from the same issue of Terrors of Dracula that we’ve been creepin’ through all this month (see our previous posts) –now, where as most of you have been pleased with the updated artwork we’ve presented thus far, I am fairly certain this time you’ll be less than enthusiastic– though revamping anything originally illustrated by the vastly superior hand of Jack Cole is likely to never stand a chance of being on par, even from someone as interestingly talented as Marchionne. After you read today’s post, click HERE to see the original Jack Cole version, “Hangman’s Horror” which first appeared in the January 1953 issue of Web of Evil #2 —and more recently reprinted in our Jack Cole’s Deadly Horror collection, as well as Haunted Horror #3, (IDW / Yoe Books.)