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.)
Doesn’t seem right posting stories from an Eerie Pub issue without uploading at least one blood spurtin’ Dick Ayers tale too! And like our last post, “The Dead Demons” is from the same Terrors of Dracula issue as our double vampire freak-out, though the story itself was originally a Harvey story as well, and titled “Ferry of the Dead” from the August 1951 issue of Chamber of Chills Magazine #22. And since I’ve apparently never posted that Golden Oldie here at THOIA, let’s immediately correct that first, shall we? So read ’em and weep, fiends… which one is better?
We’ve unearthed the Sept ’81 issue of Terrors of Dracula Vol. 3 #2 (which turned out to be the very last issue of this short-lived Eerie Pub series), for a double header of blood sucker fun. “Vampire” was originally a precode Harvey horror tale and was featured in the Jan ’53 issue of Tomb of Terror #7 as “Shadow of Death”–compare to the original version HERE! —while “The Strange Vampire” originally appeared in the Dec ’51 issue of Web of Mystery #6 as Ace’s “The Vampire’s Weird Duel”, but unfortunately I don’t have that issue for comparison. Anyway, which tale has more bite?
Someone tumblr’d this wonderful tribute to Atlas comic’s Strange Tales, mashed with the wildly popular new Netflix original series, Stranger Things— but it was unfortunately tumblr’d without giving an artist credit, arghh! Does anyone know who created this? Love it.
We’ve seen this type of story around here before: a rich asshole schemer ignores eerie warnings and awakens the vengeful supernatural– but Ernie Chua delivers a really petrifying panel of pissed off dead at the top of page 5 (it’s somehow even creepier than Nick Cardy’s awesome cover art), plus a really cool, freak-out splash too, and that my friends makes this post essential for the THOIA Archive! From the August 1973 issue of The Unexpected #149. FYI: Fans of The Spectre should keep their eyes peeled for a certain police officer guest star possibly implied in today’s tale as well…
Have I ever posted a story about an evil genie here? I was asked if I had from someone looking for a particular tale, so I quickly went through my archive to check, and low and behold it’s hard to believe that with over 1,900 posts I somehow haven’t at this point– I mean, it really does appear that this subject matter has indeed eluded the haunted halls of Mr. Karswell’s domain– but if someone knows otherwise, please let us know in the comments! In the meantime, here’s a good one from the August 1953 issue of Tales of Horror #6, art by Rocco Masterserio… and I’ll see what other gruesome genies I have bottled up in my collection for future posts too! ::POOF!::
The IDW / Yoe Books horror continues this week, as we see the release of two terrors in stores on 8/17– HAUNTED HORROR #23, as well as Mike Howlett’s sssssensational new entry in the Chilling Archives of Horror Comics, SNAKES TALES (click HERE for more info.) Seriously, what could possibly go better with tales of monsters and the supernatural, than a hardcover collection of precode coiled creeps?!! And as always, THOIA has a double doozy dose of FULL STORY preview action for you from each: “Help Us to Die!” originally appeared in the October 1953 issue of Eerie #13, while the Bernie Krigstein classic, “The Fangs of Death” first appeared in the February 1954 issue of Nightmare #11. Slither on over to your favorite comic shop tomorrow and get a stranglehold on both releases, you surely won’t want to miss out– so strike fast!!!
Good friend and occasional HAUNTED HORROR story contributor, Tommy Stanziola, donated the scans for our last post (click HERE if you missed it), as well as the scans for today’s post from the July-August 1954 issue of Voodoo #16. “Horror Unlimeted” is a fun tale that– wait a second, that’s NOT how you spell “unlimited!!!” Anyway, Tommy says this one “scared the shit out of me as a kid!” –let’s see what it does to you! And speaking of Voodoo, you can now pre-order The Complete Voodoo Vol. 2 from IDW / Yoe Books Chilling Archives of Horror Comics hardcover collection series, coming in November! Just click HERE after you read today’s story! Special thanks again to Tommy for the scans!
Sticking with the precode crime comic theme (see our last post too), here we have the gruesomely infamous “tongues” tale from the March 1953 issue of Lawbreakers Suspense Stories #11. Scans are provided by my awesome friend and HAUNTED HORROR contributor, Tommy Stanziola, who warned me ahead of time that his copy of this issue was badly stapled and the color printing slightly off register… but despite some blurry dialog sliding into the gutter, and cherry Kool-Aid mustaches on the ladies, I believe you guys are really going to enjoy this one– just keep your hand clamped over your mouth near the final pages! Another gem from Tommy coming up next too!