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.
I still owe you guys some promised stories from Charlton’s THE THING series, but now I’m having scanner issues and it will have to be delayed yet again!! Arghhh!! All apologies, folks, they don’t call this place THE HORRORS OF IT ALL for nothing! In the meantime, here’s a funny old 4-page Bill Everett story I had on hand that I actually donated to another blog years ago, but it never officially found its way back here to THOIA— until now! Kooky-spooky wax museum shenanigans that originally appeared in the February 1954 issue of Crazy #3, and then apparently slightly updated for the December 1974 issue of Arrgh! #1.
In the comments of our last horror western post, Glowworm suggested that a better example of this goofy genre mash-up was this tale of weird witchcraft and supernatural shenanigans found in the November 1953 issue of ACG’s Adventures into the Unknown #49, with art by Robert McCarty—so here ya’s go! S’posin’ I’ll agree that the artwork is certainly an improvement, and the story is indeed a real hoot… but I reckon it’s all just a bit more modern than traditional “old west” in my humble opinion. After you read today’s tale, check out another creepy old west chiller, The Ballad of Doc Satan in the THOIA 2009 Archive by clicking HERE! And as always, thanks to each and every one of you that continue to comment and provide feedback / suggestions. It’s what makes bloggin’ fun!
Had a request for “something stupid”, so here ya go, funny guy. From the Oct ’54 issue of Tales of Horror #13, pretty sure it doesn’t get much stupider than this– which means “A MUST READ!”
FYI: back to THE THING up next…
One thing you can always count on in creepy old horror stories and film, is someone inheriting something evil. Usually it’s a haunted mansion or cursed castle, or some eerie inanimate object or something– but this time it’s a playhouse! And like our last post, this tale is also from the May ’53 issue of The Thing #8, this time illustrated by Bob Forgione. We might take a look at another story from this wild and uneven issue in our next post too –so stay tombed!
We’re getting back into stories from Charlton’s The Thing series, and if you thought the tales I posted earlier this month (and last) were freakin’ weird, wait until you get a load of this bloody WTF head scratcher of vengeance! From the May 1953 issue of The Thing #8, art by John Belfi.
We’ll return to more stories from THE THING series shortly, but first we have another request for a Jack Davis post, (I get Jack Davis requests weekly, btw!) And since the requestee wasn’t very specific, thank god, I’m keeping the EC’s locked up and digging into my 70’s MAD paperback collection instead, thus dragging out this shivery chuckle fest, (written by Dick De Bartolo), and wonderfully illustrated by our man in question, the great Jack Davis— a man who, despite a few false death rumors over the last few years, is actually very much still alive a lot! This gag filled horror gem appeared in The Return of a Mad Look at Old Movies #P4200, from March 1970.
Finally getting things going here in May, and we’re picking up where we left off last month with another tale from the June 1952 issue of Charlton’s The Thing #3. This one just happens to be the kooky cover story too about a fluff ball cloud demon with a Gene Simmons tongue, and features art by Albert Tyler who not only worked on a lot of St. John’s precode horror titles like Weird Horrors and Strange Terrors, but also many crime caper comics as well like Lawbreakers, Crime and Justice, Racket Squad, and Super Spy.
We got a little bit busy around here this month, many apologies for the lack of updates– but why don’t we seal up the so long sucker tomb on April 2016 with a story from the June 1952 issue of The Thing #3, (also includes the inside front cover “Weird Wonders” bonus page), as well as deliver a promise (fingers crossed) to post a few more tales from this pricey Thing series in May!