Science gone goofy is a popular theme in pre-code horror, and none came more goof-infused than those featured in ACG’s variety of terrific terror titles. Like this wonky one from the September 1954 issue of Forbidden Worlds #33, art by Lloyd Cynwald (who?) Click HERE for another corpse currently living under the same story title in the THOIA June ’08 Archive– this time from Alex Toth!
Fans of Larry Blamire’s hilarious and loving film series tribute to 50′s sci-fi/horror “The Lost Skeleton”, will be pleased to know that “The Boney One” is planning a third and final appearance to round out this epic trilogy of laughs and spine tingles. Dig into the recently launched (and equally hysterical) The Lost Skeleton Walks Among Us Kickstarter by clicking HERE and be amazed by all the things you can do to contribute and participate so this film can get made!
Larry and Company have been great friends to THOIA over the years, and we couldn’t be more pleased to see this project in the works! And to honor this event, we are dragging out this dusty old A.C. Hollingsworth skeleton classic from the October 1953 issue of Dark Mysteries #14 for one more rousing round of fun as well!
Here’s the wrap-up tale from the May 1951 issue of The Beyond #4, art by Ken Rice– and a serious round of applause is in order for yet another full issue presentation here at THOIA! Check the last couple of posts for the other stories in this issue if you missed them. Lots more hellish horrors coming up all summer so stay cool, and most importantly– STAY TOMBED!
Ace Magazine reprinted this Louis Zansky tale of a concert pianist given the hands of a killer in their final issue of The Beyond #30, but here it is from its first cover story appearance in the May 1951 issue of The Beyond #4 (see our last post for more from this issue, and one more story coming up in our next post too for another FULL ISSUE presentation here at THOIA!)
According to the great Ace Horror website, this is Jim McLaughlin’s first of many appearances at Ace Magazines. It’s kind of a mixed bag visually, but the story is fast paced and fun, and the zombies are quite spooky. Today’s post is rounded out with a True Tales of the Supernatural one-pager.
From the May 1951 issue of The Beyond #4.
I’d love to see a collection of Larry Woromay’s greatest pre code horror hits, because man oh man I dig his fun, noodley slick style from this Atlas era where the art sublimely balances on real and cartoony, (sort of the same reasons why I adore Bill Everett’s unique work so much!) This is a cute little “tail” with a great twist, originally appearing in the October 1952 issue of Astonishing #18 and reprinted in 1975 in Marvel’s Uncanny Tales from the Grave #8.
PANIC!!! Yes, we were just as caught off guard this week by the release of Haunted Horror #11 (in stores now and not the last week of June as we were originally led to believe!) –so get yourself a FREE preview over at CBR by clicking HERE, and of course we’ve got one for ya here at THOIA as well… it’s an encore presentation of a Howard Nostrand story from the December 1953 issue of Witches Tales #22, a tale we first posted here waaaay back in 2008! And how does the rest of the issue stack up, you ponder? Heads! Hands! Zombies! Demons! You know Haunted Horror delivers!
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Here’s a hot little horror tale that originally appeared in the October 1952 issue of Uncanny Tales #3 –click the link to read about Ger’s thoughts on the art. My scans are actually from the reprinted version found in the February 1975 issue of Uncanny Tales from the Grave #8 (note how the cover blurb changed from an “Escape to What??”, into an “Escape into Hell!”) I’ll have another story from this issue in our next post too.
Vampires and hunchbacks highlight this crazy entry from the March 1952 issue of Journey into Fear #6. And after the story, check out the poster for the upcoming Captured Aural Phantasy Theater event at the El Cid on June 1st– all EC fans in LA are required to attend!! Live renditions of pre code horror tales, music, and other thrilling variety for an evening of uncensored awesomeness! You’ll crack UP with Tales from the Comic Book Crack Down! Check out their Facebook page HERE for more info!
Superior Pub’s spin on man into monster mayhem– and this time it’s the shoes with the power to possess! I’d love to see a variation on this concept with a woman as the high heeled killer of men instead. From the July 1952 issue of Journey into Fear #8.