Wednesday, October 31, 2012


It's Halloween, and since zombies are the "hot" monsters of the year...
...we thought a first-person confessional about being one of the undead seemed apropos!
The artist of this kool klassic tale from ACG's Adventures into the Unknown #50 (1953) is the highly-underrated Lin Streeter who produced over 200 stories covering every genre for a variety of publishers from 1940 to 1954.
The writer, though not credited, is probably editor Richard Hughes, who wrote the vast majority of ACG's output under a variety of pseudonyms.
Join us next week as we present another tale your grandparents didn't want your parents to see!

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Monday, October 29, 2012


From the company that brought you the Golden Age Captain Marvel...
...came this almost EC Comics-level series hosted by Dr Death!
Many fans don't realize Fawcett Comics also did horror comics almost on a par with EC's gruesome classics.
Beware: Terror Tales, This Magazine is Haunted, Worlds Beyond/Worlds of Fear, Strange Suspense Stories, and Unknown Worlds/Strange Stories from Another World anthologies featured art by legends Bob Powell, Bernard Bailey, Mike Sekowsky, and Sheldon Moldoff, among others.
When the titles were acquired by Charlton Comics after Fawcett ceased operations in 1954, few stories in inventory were usable without major revisions since Charlton was now following the Comics Code.
As a result, though they had the rights to do so, Charlton didn't reprint the vast majority of the stories, and the few they did had major changes to conform to the new standards.
(We've presented examples of such changes HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.)
This particular tale from This Magazine is Haunted #4 (1952) was illustrated by the co-creator of The Spectre, Bernard Bailey.
"Constant Eye" has only been reprinted twice, once in the 1980s, and currently, in IDW's Haunted Horror anthology.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

WEB OF EVIL "Vengeful Curse"

Curses on those who open tombs are as old as mankind itself...
...but what about those who put a fresh body into an ancient burial site?
Jack Cole, best-known for creating Plastic Man and doing great spot cartoons for Playboy, wrote and illustrated this tale from Quality Comics' Web of Evil #5 (1953).
He also did the most famous story lambasted in Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent; "Murder, Morphine, and Me", which we posted HERE.
BTW, "Vengeful Curse" has been reprinted twice, first in Quality's one-shot Intrigue in 1955, then in IDW's Haunted Horror #1 this month.
It was redrawn for Horror Tales V5N4 in 1973 using the exact same script, but the art on the re-do by Hector Castellon is vastly inferior.
And, to add insult to injury, it was uncreatively re-titled "Bloody Demon".

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

CRIME DETECTOR "Ultimate Destiny"

Some horror comics tales of the 1950s have a real "nightmare" feel...
...such as this rarely-seen story by an underrated master of the genre!
Note: the final page was printed sideways as a single page, but we think it works better as a two-page spread, so...
The writer for this cool comic classic from Timor's Crime Detector #5 (1954) is unknown, but the distinctive art is by Jay Disbrow, who had a long career in comics from 1948 to 2005!
His last new work was the Internet comic Aroc of Zenith, which ran for 312 pages from 2000 to 2005, and you can find HERE.
Note: this story had been reprinted only in b/w until its recent republication in IDW's Haunted Horror.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

BLACK MAGIC "Slaughter-House!"

If you think finding employment is difficult now...
...imagine what it'd be like when your boss is an invading tentacled alien!
This tale of interstellar labor relations from Prize Comics' Black Magic #31 (1954) was illustrated by the legendary duo of Joe Simon & Jack Kirby, though who penciled what and who inked what has been disputed by aficionados.
Personally, I think Kirby penciled and Simon inked.
As to who wrote it, since both Simon & Kirby co-edited the book, it's more than likely they both scripted it.
Note: this story had never been reprinted until it's recent second publication in IDW's Haunted Horror.
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Monday, October 15, 2012

BAFFLING MYSTERIES "Black Magic in a Slinky Gown"

Do spiders creep you out?
Maybe there's a legitimate reason for your fear...
Note: the original comic was water and mold-damaged, so the scans show a number of stains.
We hope this doesn't detract from your enjoyment of the story.
While the writer is unknown, the penciler of this tale from Ace's Baffling Mysteries #6 (1952) is clearly Mike Sekowsky.
Surprisingly, this story had never been reprinted before it's re-appearance in the new IDW anthology Haunted Horror!