Behind a rather misleadingly tame sounding title, lurks one of the better, and more original satanic stories from ACG’s precode 50’s terror output. Illustrated by Robert McCarty, “The Fantastic Fan” would certainly be worthy of inclusion in DEVIL TALES VOLUME 2– if such a volume were ever to exist (*crosses / inverts fingers!) Thanks again to William Zepf for pointing out this tale to me, and for donating the scans as well! FYI: THOIA is always open to submissions, if you’ve got a good story in mind (preferably one that hasn’t already been posted) and want to share your scans here with everyone, just drop me a line.
From the October-November 1954 issue of Out of the Night #17.
I was reminded that I’ve posted every story from the September 1952 issue of Beware! Terror Tales #3 except for this one, also illustrated by Sheldon Moldoff (see our last post.) So we finally actually accomplished something this month and delivered not one, but TWO complete issues of a classic precode horror comic! Check the THOIA Archive for these other doomed yarns: “The Haunting White Shadow”, and “Death’s Round Trip.”
We’ll see ya in a few with a fantastic ACG story submission. PS: Anyone at SDCC right now?
Another wonderfully atmospheric, and lengthy horror tale from the May 1953 issue of Beware! Terror Tales #7, featuring super spooktacular art from fan fave Sheldon Moldoff. And for anyone keeping track, this wraps up another COMPLETE issue posted here at THOIA! Check the archives for Dripping Terror, The Walking Cadaver, and our previous post, The Man Who Defeated Death!
We’ll be taking a look at some freakily lengthy Fawcett Publications frights for the new few posts, our first from the May 1953 issue of Beware! Terror Tales #7. A fun bit of info: while the entire story itself was reprinted a few times in the following decade, the actual splash page of this story was recycled as well and used as the cover for a 60’s UK reprint series called Voodoo, which apparently reprinted everything from Silver Age Marvel monsteramas to 50’s Iger Shop classics (see the last scan.) More Fawcett up next!
I didn’t mean to leave you all “hanging” at the climax of our last post, so let’s pick up where we sort of left off with a Steve Ditko request that I meant to get to a few weeks ago– here ya go, Dave– it’s a spooky little tale from the Oct ’69 issue of The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves #16. Happy 4th of July, everyone!
If you’ve picked up the latest issue of HAUNTED HORROR, (#22 in stores now!) then by now you’ve already read the assortment of gruesome precode golden hits as chosen by special guest host Mike “The Howler” Howlett for our one of a kind HH Eerie Publications issue! And in honor of this release, THOIA revisits the Eerie Pub remake / redraw of “I Killed Mary” (first posted here back in 2010, and also featured in Mike’s awesome The Worst of Eerie Publications book still available HERE), –and OMG comparing the two again is always a mind bender– that’s quite a gory upgrade from the original Weird Mysteries #8 version from 1954, isn’t it? And to those of you who haven’t picked up the latest issue of HH yet– what’re you waiting for?!
HAUNTED HORROR #22 finally lands in stores this week on Wednesday, July 29th, and it’s the first of what will likely not be the last of many a spectacular “guest host” issues. And we are goddamned proud to present Mike “The Howler” Howlett’s hosting debut spotlighting a terrifying theme that he is of course the bonafide expert on– the Eerie Publications and the original 50’s precode stories that inspired their 60’s / 70’s reprints / redraws! Hell, he even wrote some book/s about ’em, see HERE and HERE! Read Mike’s intro below to get an idea of what this sickening special issue is all about. Then, to get an even more stomach churning idea, read the crazy stories we’ve chosen to present to you in their entirety! That’s right, while some websites give you one FREE story to check out, THOIA gives you TWO! We’ll kick things off with Basil Wolverton’s incredible classic, “Robot Woman”, followed by a rather gruesome delight that will surely leave you all running for your bloody barf bags!
One more tale from DC’s supernatural 70’s, this time from the October – November 1970 issue of House of Secrets #88. And like our last story, it’s a bit predictable in story and climax, but still spooky and fun none the less, and the spectacular art from Dick Dillin on pencils, and Frank Giacoia on inks makes for a really interesting, visually striking chiller. I also recently stumbled onto a cool Virgil Finley illustration that I had never seen before and thought it kind of fit this story, so I tacked it onto the end– enjoy! More petrifying pre code horrors coming up next!
Something to (blood)tide you over with as I work on a much larger post coming up next– this is a quick and predictably fun little nazi terror tale with superbly unpredictable artwork by THOIA fave, Frank Robbins. From the March ’75 issue of Weird War Tales #35. GRR-R-R-RGH-H-H-H-H…
And here we go finally with one more tale from Charlton’s The Thing series, the April 1953 issue of The Thing #8 to be exact… it’s a vampire story full of bloody irony, and if you think that sounds forced and cheesy then just wait until you read it! Art by Bob Forgione who appears to have illustrated this entire issue, it’s fun all the way, but not fun enough for me to want to blog any more Thing stories for awhile– sorry Thing fans! Check back in the fall maybe.