Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"Better Off Dead" & "Horror Club"

Two more grisly ones from Horror Tales Vol. 2, No. 1. First up is Better Off Dead, which the issue’s Table of Contents introduces this way: ”At the peak of his career the physicians forced him to retire because of a bum ticker. A startling, horrifying tale of a man who was called incurable.”

The art here is Larry Woromay, whose work for Eerie Pub. always had a very distinctive, loose look. The more I see of Woromay, the more I like. His gore, (intestines, aortas, etc) always had a nice, rubbery, living look. Of course, if I am mistaken in this identification, please don’t be shy in letting me know! Download Better Off Dead!

The second story, Horror Club is by Oscar Fraga (signed). Table of Contents says: “They came in search of happiness, romance, and even marriage, only to learn the club was really the yawning pit of hell. Wan’na join?” Hmmm. The Yawning Pit of Hell – I think that was a club I used to love back in the day. Download Horror Club!

Frankly, regarding that last story - I still think Dawn looked pretty hot. Perhaps I've said too much.

Join me next time for The Witch and The Werewolf & The Spirits - both from this same issue!

14 comments:

prof. grewbeard said...

"What's behind the mask? Sorry I ever ask!..."

Mykal said...

Prof.: That's a lesson we must learn again and again an again . . ."

Karswell said...

Cool stuff as always Mykal! Woromay's style is very loose here, but apparently he wasn't always like that because a few of his pre-code tales I've seen show a much more precise and stylized artist... check out TWANNG! for example:

http://thehorrorsofitall.blogspot.com/2008/05/twanng.html

prof. grewbeard said...

hey Mykal, can you help me out? the first Eerie Publications mag i ever laid my eyes on(but was too afraid of to even consider taking it home, not that my parents would have let me)had a back cover that featured a man skinned alive and his skin(in one piece, intact, like a suit!)left pinned to a wall with a knife(as i remember it)and this image has haunted me ever since, do you have this one? i would love to solve this mystery, it's one of my earliest memories, period!...

Mykal said...

Karwell: The link you provided for that earlier Woromay story seemed to get fumbled in comments, so I'll put it in again HERE!

It's a cool one, and thanks for the kind words!

Prof.: I can't find the issue you mean, but I hope Mike Howlett can chime in - he's forgotten more about the slim-drenched world of Eerie Pub than I ever knew! Check out his forthcoming opus in the sidebar. If Mike can nail it, I'll hunt it down like the slavering dog it is and post it. -- Mykal

Mike H said...

Another wonderful double header! I'm a huge fan of Larry Woromay.

The story the Prof. is having nightmarish memories about is Corpses of the Jury, which originally appeared in Ajax's Voodoo #5 (Jan. 1953). The Pubs reprinted it twice... in WEIRD V2 #1 (12/66), and TALES OF VOODOO V2 #4 (9/69).

"...a grisly red dripping thing..."

Nice!

Mykal said...

Mike: Atta boy! I knew you would come shining through!

Prof.: None of my usual sources (including ebay) seem to have either mag available, and I don't see the original Ajax tale posted over at Karswell's. Perhaps Karsell has in posting schedule? But I will find it, oh yes I will, and get back to you. -
- Mykal

Mike H said...

I can get it scanned later in the week... with a subtle reminder!

Mykal said...

Mike: Excellent - and don't be subtle, my friend! This is hardly the blog for the subtle approach! -- Mykal

prof. grewbeard said...

wow, thanx guys, a nightmare come true!...

Karswell said...

I don't have that issue of Voodoo, but I have a friend who probably does so I just asked him for the scans... if he's got 'em I'll post them in April. (Mykal, drop me a line if The Howler gets you the Eerie Pub scans, maybe we can post them both at the same time.)

Mykal said...

Karswell: That sounds cool. Will do! -- Mykal

THE APOCOLYTE said...

Enjoying this grisly black and white gore-fest, Mykal!

It's a lot of fun to read these now, for as a youth, alas, I steered clear of these publications. I would look at them in the stores, but I rarely laid down my hard earned cash for 'em...wish I had now!

Wanted to mention that I agree with Karswell and Mike H about Woromay's art, in that a lot of the comics I have featuring his art, he shows the ability to change his style much like a chameleon. Many people don't know his name, but I think this guy was one of those insung greats of the comics biz.

Keep up the gorey work!

Mykal said...

pocolyte: Another Woromay fan! I love that Karswell linked up to that Woromay story over at his place. I think he has others as well. I find with Woromay a consistent thread of "cartoony" for lack of a better word.

My youthful response was the opposite of yours with regard to Eerie Publications. I all but slobbered. All else seemed grey and dull by comparison. I shoved the high quality Warren mags aside to get to them. But then, I always did like splashy, loud, bold, and cheap! Unfortunately, I used them like the cheap sluts they were, tossing them aside when finished. Now I have to buy them all over again! And they still make me slobber.

Thanks for hopping on the gore-fest, my friend! – Mykal