Someone tumblr’d this wonderful tribute to Atlas comic’s Strange Tales, mashed with the wildly popular new Netflix original series, Stranger Things— but it was unfortunately tumblr’d without giving an artist credit, arghh! Does anyone know who created this? Love it.
We’ve seen this type of story around here before: a rich asshole schemer ignores eerie warnings and awakens the vengeful supernatural– but Ernie Chua delivers a really petrifying panel of pissed off dead at the top of page 5 (it’s somehow even creepier than Nick Cardy’s awesome cover art), plus a really cool, freak-out splash too, and that my friends makes this post essential for the THOIA Archive! From the August 1973 issue of The Unexpected #149. FYI: Fans of The Spectre should keep their eyes peeled for a certain police officer guest star possibly implied in today’s tale as well…
Have I ever posted a story about an evil genie here? I was asked if I had from someone looking for a particular tale, so I quickly went through my archive to check, and low and behold it’s hard to believe that with over 1,900 posts I somehow haven’t at this point– I mean, it really does appear that this subject matter has indeed eluded the haunted halls of Mr. Karswell’s domain– but if someone knows otherwise, please let us know in the comments! In the meantime, here’s a good one from the August 1953 issue of Tales of Horror #6, art by Rocco Masterserio… and I’ll see what other gruesome genies I have bottled up in my collection for future posts too! ::POOF!::
The IDW / Yoe Books horror continues this week, as we see the release of two terrors in stores on 8/17– HAUNTED HORROR #23, as well as Mike Howlett’s sssssensational new entry in the Chilling Archives of Horror Comics, SNAKES TALES (click HERE for more info.) Seriously, what could possibly go better with tales of monsters and the supernatural, than a hardcover collection of precode coiled creeps?!! And as always, THOIA has a double doozy dose of FULL STORY preview action for you from each: “Help Us to Die!” originally appeared in the October 1953 issue of Eerie #13, while the Bernie Krigstein classic, “The Fangs of Death” first appeared in the February 1954 issue of Nightmare #11. Slither on over to your favorite comic shop tomorrow and get a stranglehold on both releases, you surely won’t want to miss out– so strike fast!!!
Good friend and occasional HAUNTED HORROR story contributor, Tommy Stanziola, donated the scans for our last post (click HERE if you missed it), as well as the scans for today’s post from the July-August 1954 issue of Voodoo #16. “Horror Unlimeted” is a fun tale that– wait a second, that’s NOT how you spell “unlimited!!!” Anyway, Tommy says this one “scared the shit out of me as a kid!” –let’s see what it does to you! And speaking of Voodoo, you can now pre-order The Complete Voodoo Vol. 2 from IDW / Yoe Books Chilling Archives of Horror Comics hardcover collection series, coming in November! Just click HERE after you read today’s story! Special thanks again to Tommy for the scans!
Sticking with the precode crime comic theme (see our last post too), here we have the gruesomely infamous “tongues” tale from the March 1953 issue of Lawbreakers Suspense Stories #11. Scans are provided by my awesome friend and HAUNTED HORROR contributor, Tommy Stanziola, who warned me ahead of time that his copy of this issue was badly stapled and the color printing slightly off register… but despite some blurry dialog sliding into the gutter, and cherry Kool-Aid mustaches on the ladies, I believe you guys are really going to enjoy this one– just keep your hand clamped over your mouth near the final pages! Another gem from Tommy coming up next too!
You didn’t really think we’d allow the passing of legendary comic messiah, Jack Davis, to go by without posting a story, did you? CHOKE! But instead of going the all too obvious route around here with a trip to the Crypt, the Vault, or the Haunt, let’s instead lure out the August – September 1952 issue of Crime SuspenStories #12 for a murderously intense, (or did I mean funny?), double blast ending tale that will either give you a real charge, or leave you feeling all wet! It’s a story I’ve probably read 10,000 times in my life and will continue to read 10,000 more.
And once again, farewells and eternal thanks to the guy who made my life of art appreciation and comic book collecting everything– to the greatest of the greats, the world most certainly will never be the same without you.
Behind a rather misleadingly tame sounding title, lurks one of the better, and more original satanic stories from ACG’s precode 50’s terror output. Illustrated by Robert McCarty, “The Fantastic Fan” would certainly be worthy of inclusion in DEVIL TALES VOLUME 2– if such a volume were ever to exist (*crosses / inverts fingers!) Thanks again to William Zepf for pointing out this tale to me, and for donating the scans as well! FYI: THOIA is always open to submissions, if you’ve got a good story in mind (preferably one that hasn’t already been posted) and want to share your scans here with everyone, just drop me a line.
From the October-November 1954 issue of Out of the Night #17.
I was reminded that I’ve posted every story from the September 1952 issue of Beware! Terror Tales #3 except for this one, also illustrated by Sheldon Moldoff (see our last post.) So we finally actually accomplished something this month and delivered not one, but TWO complete issues of a classic precode horror comic! Check the THOIA Archive for these other doomed yarns: “The Haunting White Shadow”, and “Death’s Round Trip.”
We’ll see ya in a few with a fantastic ACG story submission. PS: Anyone at SDCC right now?