Speaking of Rudy Palais, our best fiend, Forlock the Warlock, (aka Craig Yoe), has a personal exhibit on display at the Society of Illustrators/NYC, called “Is THAT Art?” which features an ultra rare, original, unpublished horror cover by Palais himself from Forelock’s very own collection! Get an awesome, up-close look at it– but don’t get too close!! Exhibit runs from now until May 2nd, and also features other original works of art from Harvey Kurtzman, Winsor McCay, Charles Addams, Elzie Segar, Boody Rogers, Steve Ditko, R. Crumb, Matt Baker, John Stanley, Jack Cole, Ed Roth, Jack Kirby, Wally Wood, and lots, lots more! Click HERE for more info!
I unwittingly started a theme this month, that being precode comic horror stories that use themes we see over and over again, like the creeping, murderous, severed hand tale, as well as plots that borrow heavily from literary classics like The Monkey’s Paw. In today’s post, we see a story that borrows from both, and to make things even more demented, it’s illustrated by the king of all that’s demented himself– Rudy Palais! From the April 1952 issue of Black Cat Mystery #34, plus a one page bonus quickie also illo’d by Palais, same issue.
Jon D’Agostino has not one, but two illustrated stories in the October 1953 issue of Dark Mysteries #14 (see our last post too.) And like our last tale, it follows a well tested horror plot we’ve all seen before; this time it’s voodoo from beyond the grave, but it’s still pretty interesting none the lesssssss. Among the problems of the story (of which some things I’ll let you guys point out because I know a few of you think this blog is MST3000– ugh!), is D’Agostino’s inability to draw the leading lady with some consistency from one panel to the next– though I do appreciate that she’s a dead ringer for Cheryl Ladd in the center of page 3! Neat skeleton cover by Hy Fleishman.
A new book with a familiar title, not to be confused with the films of the same name (as well as a certain blog), has anyone read The Horror of it All by Adam Rockoff? Sounds interesting, I always enjoy reading about people’s introduction to the realm of horror as a kid.
Find out more HERE.
A sneak escape from jail, via hiding in a coffin, is an oft-told theme in horror comics with an oft-familiar conclusion. We’ve seen it happen oft-times here at THOIA over the years, and this time it’s from the Oct ’53 issue of Dark Mysteries #14, art by Jon D’Agostino.
This is no April Fool’s joke! At the recent MONSTERPALOOZA 2015 convention, horror FX artist Christopher Nelson showed off some terrifying talent by turning the iconic Creepshow (’82) movie poster into an actual full-sized ticket booth with The Creep as a ticket-taker! Fantastic lighting and detail that seriously leaves this fan of the movie and the comic book in awe!
See a short video clip by clicking HERE!
If you’re a fan of eye injury panels, and ogres with a taste for baby flesh, then today you’ve come to the right place! This seriously bonkers Bill Madden tale was originally featured in the March 1942 issue of Scoop Comics #3, reprinted a few years later in Spotlight Comics (same publisher), and once more in the 80’s by Eclipse Comics. Yes, it’s seriously goofy, but man, it’s still full of horrific moments that easily rival any of the other more notorious titles of the precode era.
As Ted Cruz announces he’s running for president, THOIA launches a more sensible, though no less equally neanderthal-headed operation of horror, –it’s the final freak-out from the Feb-March 1952 issue of Eerie #5! This entire issue is now posted here, check the archives for “Master of the Cats”, The Knife of Jack the Ripper”, and our last post “I Painted Only Terror.”
Two different types of trembling tales o’terror for ya today, the first from the February-March 1952 issue of Avon Periodicals Eerie #5, it’s another yarn about an insane artist that I meant to post earlier this month with Satan’s Pawn (click HERE if you missed it), but due to a case of my own temporary insanity, it’s now paired up rather cooly here instead with a “it’s so silly it’s scary” fun story from my equally insane buddy Craig Yoe-mance and featured in his latest issue of IDW / Yoe Books Weird Love #6! I Paint Only Terror art by Norman Nodel and Vince Alascia, and I Married a Monster art by (according to GCD) Don Perlin, this story originally appeared in the December 1971 issue of Just Married #81. You know I never need an excuse to post an “I Did Something” double feature!
Here’s one from THOIA’s archive by request, and I mean going waaay back to 2007 –you can go back even further to the July 1952 issue of Strange Mysteries #6 where it originally appeared too! I get a lot of requests for stories that have already been posted here over the last 8 years, (Hell, we’ve got over 1500 posts uploaded now, so get searchin’!) You can use the search engine at the top left of the blog to find titles, also: you can use keywords if you’re not sure of an exact title. Try artist, series name, and publisher sometimes works too. Writing to me of course works but it might take me a few days to respond. Thanks again to everyone who comments here, this month is a bit hectic for me but I’ll have more new posts coming up later this week. Thanks– and stay tombed!