Tuesday, March 16, 2010

"The Bloody Thing!" and "Gruesome Shock!"

Here come two more slices of life from Tales From The Tomb Vol. 2 No. 1. Artist identification for this post was provided by Eerie Publishing expert and solid citizen, Mike Howlett (more about Mike a bit later).

Our first story, The Bloody Thing, rollicks for a brisk 5 pages with the speed of a tornado, completely eschewing humdrum affairs like plot in favor of the grotesque whirlwind (which is just the way I like it). The art is by Carl Burgos, and I just can’t feast enough on his big, thick brushwork. Burgos was one of the art editors with Eerie Publications, and was elected to the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1996. He passed away in 1984.

The second story starts off with a flying head and classic neck-in-cross section; an Eerie hallmark moment that never fails to satisfy. I really like Gruesome Shock for the clever plot hook, but really the show here is fortyish businessman, Jim Trent, and his wife; who both handle themselves with bloody aplomb when put under stress. You have to admit, for a graying executive in a pinstripe; Jim is a fair hand with a machete cane.

The art is by Larry Woromay, who's work is always marked by fine, graceful lines and crosshatching – even when hands are being lopped off at the wrist.

Happy birthday, Jim! I see you’ve brought an extra guest!

Soon. Oh yessss, Very soon I will return with two more pulpy ones from the same issue: Web of Terror & Living Horoscope. Hold your breath until then. Oh, yes – one more thing of supreme importance:

(ahem) Oh, brothers and sisters, hear me!

The aforementioned Mike Howlett has a book coming out soon about Eerie Publications, and you can bet your grandmother’s ash urn that I’m going to be all over it like arterial spray on a white, linen tablecloth!

The Weird World of Eerie Publications promises to be the Eerieophile bible! It’s scheduled for release this Fall from Feral House! I know you want more info, so click HERE!

And, naturally, when I know more I’ll spill my guts.


Mike H said...

Another excellent double header! (Or Be-header, in the case of "Gruesome Shock")

Thanks very much for the kind words and the plug! It really means a lot seeing that on this excellent blog!

Mykal said...

My pleasure, Mike! -- Mykal

Karswell said...

Man this is one crazy ass, insane issue! Saaaay, are we really sure that some comic books don't lead kids to perform evil, unspeakable acts? If it ever somehow gets proven, I bet Eerie Pub mags will be on the top of the example heap.

And Mike's book is gonna KILL.

Mykal said...

Karswell: Regarding the case about a possible evil comics = evil kids connection, let's all pray for a hung jury (a great visual, eh?).

Yes, indeed, Mike's book promises to be all that and a soda pop, too! -- Mykal

Lysdexicuss said...

I love how all neck-ends of a severed head @ Eerie resemble the ham-hock I use to make soup. Also, why does that Serpent Monster have to munch up a couple Hottie Twins ? There is short supply ! The horror !

Mykal said...

Lysdexicuss: That ham cross-section is, for me, the Eerie trademark! And it isn't so much the monster wanting to eat hotties as Eeire artists wanting to draw hotties! In the Fass universe, hotties are a dime a dozen (or cheapter);-)-- Mykal

8thRay said...

I had this one when I was a kid. Even back then I thought a machete cane was kind of far-fetched. It would have to be about 3 or 4 inches thick! Still, you gotta love that surprise ending.

Mykal said...

8th Ray: Thanks for the comments! The cool thing about this story is that Woromay takes the thickness of a machette in a cane into account. It is much thicker than a normal walking stick! Check out last panel 2nd page; and then again 1st panel 3rd page. That's one helluva thick, heavy looking cane; and pretty short, too! Anyone watching Jimbo walking around with that very short, thick "cane" is gonna take a step back. Don't ya just love it? -- Mykal

oeconomist.com said...

“The Gruesome Shock” is a reworking of “Dead End”, from Witches Tales #21 (Oct '53), which was reproduced by Karswell.