Monster of the Mire!

by on Dec.11, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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Some of you know I’ve been working on a Swamp Monsters book for IDW / Yoe Books (more info on that coming soon!), and over the last year of dredging around the old long boxes for suitably themed stories, I found this creep-filled, adventurously Scooby Doo-esque story (not included in my book) from the September 1950 issue of Doll Man #30. And while I typically don’t post much “hero” stuff, I thought this was just fun enough to include here, in particular for the brilliantly brisk writing, (Darrel Dane’s dialog is dynamite, haha), and the super great artwork by Bill Quackenbush (?)

And no offense, Doll Man, but I think we all know who the real doll of this story is…

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Vampires! Voodoo! Vengeance!

by on Dec.07, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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I saved these last two tales from the August 1952 issue of Mysterious Adventures #9 so we could put them together in a doomed Double Feature and compare to see which one is more hilariously inept in the storytelling. One is clearly miles better than the other (in the art department too), and seriously, OMG WTF is going on with putting narrative blocks at the bottom of a panel?!! Also– put skulls EVERYWHERE! It doesn’t get much worse, or better (depending on your POV) than these two creepy clunkers– and that, my friends, is why I love precode horror so stupid stinkin’ much! Fun fun fun, and a perfectly putrid wrap-up to this FULL ISSUE presentation. Oh, and since it is December, I thought I’d throw in a xmas ghost just for some additional spooky spice! A big thanks again to Danger Diablo for the super scans to this insane issue!



Huh??!!

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Terror of the Lion’s Revenge!

by on Dec.04, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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Here we go with the next traumatic tale in our look at the August 1952 issue of Mysterious Adventures #9. And like our last post, it contains yet another tried ‘n true story plot that found its way into many a precode yarn –our last post being the fake your own death for money scheme gone wrong–, while today’s terror trope is to put a conniving white guy into a jungle full of riches and superstition and see what happens. Do we know what happens? Oh yes, hahaha. And it’s always a cause for celebration when we can add another horrific Hy Fleishman illustrated story to the THOIA Archive too!

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The Terror of the Lively Corpse

by on Dec.01, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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After two full months of Atlas classics, it’s time to delve back into the macabre mix of other precode 50’s publishers. And since it’s December already, I thought we’d kick off our first week of posts here with a FULL ISSUE presentation from Mysterious Adventures #9, published in August 1952 (all scans provided by diabolik deaddio, —THE Tommy Stanziola!) This is a totally batshit crazy issue as you will see, and the lead-off story is a good example of terrifying things yet to come! Good lord, how many times have we seen this disastrous ending happen here at THOIA over the years?!! I seriously will never get enough of that “Don’t do it, you dummy!” plot…

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Deadline / Beware of the Chair!

by on Nov.28, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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It’s a perfect day for a double execution, as we wrap-up our Stan Lee Tribute Fest of 2018 with a double header of doom! Stan penned the first story, with art by John Romita, while our second tale is a request fulfillment for more Joe Sinnott! Always glad to oblige that request. Both stories are from the June 1953 issue of Men’s Adventures #22, highlighted with a spectacularly spooky cover by Bill Everett! Hope everyone enjoyed this 2 month stretch of precode Atlas horror classics, –and don’t forget to give another toast to the one who made it all possible! RIP to The Man.

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Monkey Face!

by on Nov.25, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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The Planet of Living Death

by on Nov.22, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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Another one from the September 1953 issue of Menace #7, and this time Stan teamed up terrifically with Russ Heath for a sci-fi shocker to shiver your spines from beyond the screaming stars! How great is the design of those aliens? I totally love the first panel on the last page… it’s like Collin’s having a chit chat with the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

And wow– that’s another FULL ISSUE presentation here at THOIA as well! Check the archive for The Witch in the Woods, Your Name is Frankenstein (my fave!), and of course our previous post, Fresh Out of Flesh! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone too, and be sure to give a big thankful salute to Stan today for all of these wonderful, timeless treasures that he gave us… not a turkey in the bunch!

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Fresh Out of Flesh!

by on Nov.20, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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Sometimes it’s hard to believe that I’ve been chuggin’ this blog along since 2007, and as we are sure to finally reach 2,000 posts sometime in the upcoming year, the inevitable question I occasionally get asked is, “When does THOIA finally run fresh out of stories to post?” and to be honest, I really have no answer for that question. It seems that every time I turn to my collection I discover more gems that I have somehow overlooked in the past. But I do know of someone who is seriously fresh out of flesh– AIEEEEEE! –as we continue chugging’ along on our Stan Lee Tribute Fest! From the Sept. ’53 issue of Menace #7, artwork by Syd Shores!

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A Vampire is Born

by on Nov.17, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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THOIA’s Stan Lee Tribute Fest continues with another weird one penned by The Man, this time from the June 1953 issue of Menace #4, and highlighted with really outstanding, atmospheric art by Fred Kida. Younger readers may find the ending to indeed be maddening, that is, if you are part of the historically challenged generation… so when you do get to the final panel, just insert your own current *CHOKE!* candidate’s face for the modern day, *UGH!* updated version. *GAG!*

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Poor Mister Watkins

by on Nov.14, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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Well, despite what I said in our last story post, it doesn’t seem right to end our Atlas Fest just yet. Unless you’ve been living on a desert island for the last few days, you have no doubt heard the sad news of Stan Lee’s passing at the age of 95. So around here that means we’re going to extend this Atlas tribute for the rest of November, and in particular we will be looking at sensationally spooky stories scripted by super Stan himself. Think of it as an early xmas present from Mr. Karswell, and The Man himself. Only gone a few days, and already missed being the understatement of the year.

From the March ’53 issue of Menace #1, (art by Werner Roth.)

And don’t miss “One Head Too Many!” in the THOIA 2007 Archive! CLICK HERE!!

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