Another Joe Certa story for ya today, this time from the May 1952 issue of Black Cat Mystery #35… looks like he might’ve got an assistant from Bob Powell in a few places here too– the last panel on page two for example, maybe it’s just me but she looks very much like a Powell babe.
After the Joe Certa love demonstrated in our last post comments, I’ve been going through my collection to see what else I can conjure up by him– in the meantime, here’s an encore presentation of one of his more horrific Harvey tales, originally posted here waaaay back in 2007 –and man, I’m just glad it’s flies and not yellow jackets! From the March 1952 issue of Witches Tales #8.
Some terrific moments in this one, courtesy of the bold, no bullshit art stylings of Joe Certa. From the June 1953 issue of Harvey Comics’ Black Cat #44.
Drug experimentation that delivers you into the hands of Death himself! Doesn’t sound too far fetched really– so hang on for the ride of your afterlife in this lengthy, high adventure excursion into hellacious horror from the Sept ’52 issue of Beware! Terror Tales #3.
We interrupt our Beware Terror Tales-A-Thon to bring you this important news flash: Late Monday evening, Mr. Karswell was attacked by an angry swarm of deadly yellow jackets while mowing his backyard. Stung 18 times upon the legs, arms, (and everything in between–ick!), heavy doses of Prednisone and Waldryl (plus a couple Ultrams) were administered. An Epipen was ordered but not needed. Two days later, much progress has been made in the way of recovery, though there is still quite a bit of painful, uh, pain and redness around the ankles where a majority of the stingings occurred. Mr. Karswell hopes to return to the Beware Terror Tales shortly, –in the meantime, here’s an encore presentation of the shiver inducing story HIVE! (art by Lee Elias) first posted here at THOIA waaaay back in 2008. From the March 1953 issue of Tomb of Terror #8.
No Joke– OW!!!
Discovered this online yesterday, even though it was posted back in February by the lovely Svetlana Fedotov (thank you Svetlana!!), –HAUNTED HORROR was reviewed over at the great FANGORIA website– what a tremendous honor!! Click HERE for the amazing write-up. Does anyone know if this article was printed in an actual issue of FANGORIA as well?
Got some stories from Beware! Terror Tales lined up for you in the next few posts– kicking it off with another crooked pair of doomed numbskulls who have it bad enough as is with just each other, let alone getting the supernatural involved in their hopeless escapades. Fun art by Bob McCarty as usual– from the September 1951 issue of Fawcett’s Beware! Terror Tales #3.
Horrific subject matter like STDs and fire arms = no laughing matter. Good thing we have the genius of National Lampoon to put these things into a satirical package and help educate us while making us laugh, or cringe, or sometimes even barf (as NL could sometimes be brilliantly disgusting as well!) Even better when they delivered comic book style articles featuring illustration legends (like Neal Adams on the VD story!) So lighten up– this is The Horrors of it ALL, after all!
From the Oct ’74 issue of National Lampoon Magazine Vol. 55.
I had a request for something by Jack Davis, and though the request from “Spizz?” wasn’t specific about any certain story title or publisher, I’m pretty certain that everyone stopping by this blog has probably already seen their fair share of Jack’s amazing 1950′s EC horror hits. So, instead here’s something that maybe hopefully you haven’t seen, (or haven’t seen in awhile) from the December 1981 issue of Mad #227, –Davis and Silverstone team-up to spoof on the growing phenomenon of the 80′s holiday-themed slasher film– it’s funny stuff, and of course the artwork is superb.
Told ya we’d be back shortly! One more Atlas classic for Rachel (who made an awesomely generous dollar donation last week– thank you, dearie!), –and from the same issue as the last few story posts, an uncredited tale with bite from the July 1953 issue of Adventures into Weird Worlds #20. Thanks again to those of you that participate with engaging comments, as well as those that actually contribute something useful and worthwhile to this blog/ger– you’re the ones that keep me going