Is it getting hotter in here? Are you sweating profusely? This can only mean one thing– another Devil tale at THOIA today! Actually all that sweat can mean another thing– a Rudy Palais story, though this particular yarn of his isn’t as sweaty as most. Long time followers of this blog may also be experiencing a wave of devilish deja vu, as they’ll possibly remember that I first posted this cursed classic from the July 1952 issue of Chamber of Chills #10 over half a decade ago. But as part of an unending contract I signed many many moons ago (don’t ask), it’s now time to take another look at it and raise a little Hell. And yes, unfortunately it will not be featured in DEVIL TALES either, the reason being that we chose to save it for another upcoming book in the IDW / Yoe Book Chilling Archive –more news on that COMING SOON, although I’m sure it’s not tough to figure out the subject since it’s already been mentioned here in the intro 😉
My new DEVIL TALES collection from IDW / Yoe Books was originally supposed to be in stores last week, but the date has been pushed back a bit to February 16th now. To celebrate the release, I had a smoldering pile of left-over devil stories (tales NOT featured in the collection) ready to help hellishly hype it all this month– and obviously we’re still going with that plan because today I have a few more! If anyone has a problem with this theme, you can take it up with ‘Ol Beelzebub himself! “Death Wins the Fall” is from the March 1954 issue of Horrific #10, art by Max Elkin, and “The Devil’s Chamber” is a one-page filler tale from the August 1952 issue of Adventures into the Unknown #34, art by Milk Knopf.
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During the 1950’s pre-code era, Ace Comics was home to some of the most imaginative of Devil Tales. Now as we continue spiraling down into the fiery pit of Hell itself with satanic stories of eternal pure evil, we let loose with another eerie example from the March ’52 issue of Baffling Mysteries #7, highlighted by art from the always amazing Lou Cameron! Today’s post is also rounded out with a baffling bonus one-page excursion into Hades from the July ’53 issue of Baffling Mysteries #16.
Another devilish tale that I wish we could’ve fit into my DEVIL TALES collection (available Feb. 9th, click HERE to order NOW!) –with scans also supplied by our fellow cohort in evil, Mike Howlett (see last post as well), this is a frighteningly fun yarn from Hell illustrated by underrated artist Hy Fleishman. Originally presented in the December 1952 issue of Weird Mysteries #2 (which contains one of my all time favorite comic book covers ever too), Stanley Morse later reprinted this one in the August 1954 issue of Mister Mystery #18, which is in fact a complete reprint of the entire contents of WM#2 but with different cover art.
From the April 1954 issue of Weird Mysteries #4, this is a left-over tale of terror that, despite some smokin’ artwork from Ross Andru, didn’t quite cut the spicy hot mustard for inclusion into the DEVIL TALES collection (in stores February 2nd now!) Thanks again to Howlin’ Mike Howlett for generously donating these scans though– I mean, god help us all but there’s also always the possibility of a goddamned DEVIL TALES 2 collection too someday, I suppose– AIEEEEEE!
Putrid Pedro Cabezuelo from Rue Morgue Magazine recently dropped by Karswell Kastle to ask me some questions about our horrific new HAUNTED LOVE mini series from IDW / Yoe Books creeping up on you this Februtalary! Get the full scary scoop in the Jan / Feb #163 issue on stands NOW!
My new DEVIL TALES collection from IDW / Yoe Books was originally slated for release later this month, but according to most pre-order sites (like Amazon HERE), it now appears to be erupting from the bowels of the Earth sometime in February. No biggy, in the meantime let’s just finally get 2016 rollin’ around here and take a look at two devilish Bill Everett classics, both pulled from the mustier, earlier nether regions of the THOIA Archive. “Satan is Waitin'” is from the hellarious March 1952 issue of Wild #2, and “The Pit of Horror!” originally appeared in the September 1952 issue of Adventures into Weird Worlds #10. NOTE: Neither of these stories are featured in DEVIL TALES –as with EC, we must unfortunately steer clear of precode Atlas tales too –but the point for the next month or so will be to get all of you into a seriously sinful mood… all we ask is that you sign your name below with a comment or two! Lots more d/evil on the way, and Happy New Fears, everyone!
Ending 2015 on a witchy note with a 10-page Sheldon Moldoff doozy from the February 1953 issue of This Magazine is Haunted #9. I sincerely hope everyone enjoyed this year of posts, as well as all of the IDW / Yoe Books projects your humble host has been involved with. Lots more precode horrors on the way (in web and print form for 2016), you know the routine– STAY TOMBED!
A chilly Christmas classic from the THOIA archive returns, originally presented in Weird Thrillers #3 from 1952, and this one highlighted by a terrific terror team-up of pencil and ink artistry– including Howard Nostrand, Martin Epp, and clearly Bob Powell!
Happy Horrordays, everyone!
Got another one from the same issue of Marvel’s Giant-Size Chillers (as seen in our last post), this one a request from “Greg from the Grave” who had this issue as a kid and wanted to revisit the story about “the haunted house that tells the story.” Well, this is the one my friend, and it’s by Tom Sutton, deliverin’ his usual awesome art, as well as a little bit of Harvey Kurtzman-esque humor tossed into the mix. I like these types of tales told from an inanimate object point of view– for another example check the archive for “I, The Coffin” (the second story after you click the link.)