RIP Earl Norem, American artist primarily known for his painted covers for men’s-adventure magazines and black-and-white comics mags affiliated with the Marvel Comics division. Over his long career, Norem also illustrated covers for novels and gaming books, as well as movie posters, baseball programs, and trading cards.
We continue honoring the life and legacy of actor Christopher Lee, who recently passed away at the age of 93, –and here’s another black and white, blood sucker classic that was originally posted here a few years ago (again for those of you who are new to THOIA.) From the debut issue of Creepy #1, and later reprinted in the Sept. ’79 issue of Dracula ’79, aka Warren Presents #5– more specifically, this “collector’s edition” magazine features an incredible painting of Chris Lee on the cover.
We lost the last of the iconic, golden age horror greats yesterday, and we will honor his legacy throughout the month with tales related to his amazing life and career. To many, the man was Dracula, so what better place to start than with an encore presentation of the Bram Stoker classic, “Dracula’s Guest” adapted by Frank Bolle in 1966 for Christopher Lee’s Treasury of Terror paperback (originally featured here at THOIA back in 2010.)
Rest in peace, dear Prince of Darkness.
Ready for a trippy, nightmarish descent into horror, as only the great Lou Cameron would deliver it? This is not your typical THOIA type tale, though it is full of surreal panels and oddball creeps ‘n creatures. This is also the final story scanned from the April 1954 issue of Baffling Mysteries #20, check the archives for the other 3 classics from this collection: “Tune of the Zombie Queen”, “Hostage of the Unearthly”, and “When Voodoo Drums Rumble.”
We haven’t invoked any voodoo evil around here in a while, so howz’about a weird ‘n tricky one from the April 1954 issue of Baffling Mysteries #20, plus a baffling bonus quickie from the same issue. We may as well finish out this issue with our next post too, it’s an even more bizarre story featuring art by Lou Cameron–stay tombed for it later this week!
Awesome Arizona artistic, Layla, is not only a fantastic drummer, cosplay costume creator, and tee shirt designer, she’s also a top notch prop master. Check out this amazing Little Shop of Horrors inspired, and fully functioning venus flytrap (meaning the head moves up, down, and side to side, and the mouth opens and closes) that she recently constructed from scratch.
She’s currently building one for me too, and man, I totally cannot wait to feed my enemies to it! Anyone interested in one for themselves, or if you have an idea for something else you’d possibly like to see turned into a reality, just drop Layla a message HERE for price quotes Seriously, she can make ANYTHING!
And keeping with the carnivorous plant theme, here’s a re-colored / reprinted Dick Briefer tale that originally appeared in the October-November 1954 issue of Frankenstein #33.
THE HORRORS OF IT ALL rises from the ashes of a much needed vacation with a hot little curse to set your weird weekend on fire! The always slick, and exceptionally sexy bad girl art from Ace great, Lin Streeter, really turns up the hellacious heat on this one– from the January 1953 issue of The Beyond #18. GCD says the cover art is by Gene Colan.
We reach the final story post from the new issue of HAUNTED HORROR… yes, we thought we’d give you a full taste of issue #16 to see what you’re missing (if you happen to be one of those types that doesn’t buy new comics!) Lots more on the way from HAUNTED HORROR, as well as THE HORRORS OF IT ALL— umm, as soon as I get back from a quickie vacation. See ya’ll in a week, THOIA returns next weekend with another terrifying tomb of frights and delights!
Originally presented in the Dec ’52 issue of Strange Suspense Stories #4 (art by George Evans.)
From an age when brains looked more like armadillos, it’s yet another revolting scientific development (aka FULL FREE PREVIEW) from HAUNTED HORROR #16! Originally presented in the May 1953 issue of Mysteries #1 –the artist is also an (Iger Shop) mystery.