Sunday, March 14, 2010

"The Corpse Macabre" and "Forever Dead"

Let’s crack open Tales From The Tomb Vol. 2 No. 1 like a desiccated skull and see what leaks out. Actually, the insides of this issue are far juicer than the contents of an old skull. Honest.

Cool cover! I love all the spare body parts and hanging corpses our artist keeps around for reference, as well as the jar of blood for those lifelike reds. Don’t let those hands caress your cheek!

The Table of Contents says this about our first story, The Corpse Macabre: "When the beckoning grave calls, there is no escape from the festering, slimy terror in the endless darkness (God, I love that line). No, don’t! . . . Your hands are cold and without skin . . . Please ----- aaaieeee!"

Readers Fukitor and Mike H have identified the artist as Chic Stone; and Stone does Eerie proud with that splash panel. Headless Carolyn has the classic, Eerie jugular vein hanging and spurting!

Let’s just make this the Reunion Post! Forever Dead takes a slightly different take on lovers staying faithful, whatever the cost. Table of Contents says: ”When the thing knocked at the door, he screamed. And so would you, if you saw a vile, fleshless thing beckoning you into an open hole in the ground! Ye-ech!” I found the wife of this tale of love, Dolores, very touching in her festering concern over her appearance. Honey, do I look dead in this?

Was that good for you? I know I couldn't post again if I had too. Even if I was tied up and . . . well, let me tell you about next post which will have two more severed heads from the same issue: The Bloody Thing and Gruesome Shock! Be careful until then. They really are out to get you. They've told me so.

12 comments:

FUKITOR said...

I think that's Chic Stone on the first one.

Mykal said...

Fukitor: Could be. Could be, my friend. -- Mykal

Spectergirl said...

Mykal: Wow, there is a surprising amount of head chopping going on in "The Corpse Macabre".

I had previously never read any of these horror magazines but I have to tell you that I have been completely won me over.

Oh, and I picked up a book with a fantastic cover this weekend.

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Mykal said...

SpecterGirl: They are great, and lots more head and extremity chopping (not to mention eye-ball popping) on tap. And, yeah, I have seen that cover at your place! Hubba-Hubba! As you say - That’s some cover art! I have a Gray Morrow poster he did for an Eddie Romero film “Brain of Blood” in my living room. Great, great illustrator. -- Mykal

Spectergirl said...

Mykal: "Brain of Blood" great poster! My kitchen is decorated in a "drive-in horror movie" motif. Lots of coffins, terrified peasant woman. Questionable overtones. I think I've heard that sort of thing is good for the digestion.

Mike H said...

Another excellent post! And Fukitor is correct! It's Chic Stone on a day off from inking Kirby!

Mykal said...

SpecterGirl: Absolutely! God, I miss the drive in. I think of Eerie Publication as the drive-in of magazines!

Mike H: Thanks for the inf and thanks for dropping by! (and good eye, Fukitor!).

Thanks, everyone, for the comments! -- Mykal

Mykal said...

Fukitor and Mike H: I have ammended post to reflect your excellent input. Thanks, gentlemen! -- Mykal

Karswell said...

That's a good era comparison, Eerie Pub mags and sleezy grindcore drive-in flix... nothing beats the late 60's and early 70's in perfectly tasteless trash entertainment.

Where's my time machine???

Mykal said...

Karswell: Regarding time machine - I have been searching high and low. If I find one, I'll let you know. You do same for me. -- Mykal

oeconomist.com said...

“The Corpse Macabre” is a reworking of “Shadows on the Tomb” (from Black Cat Mystery #34 (Apr '52)), which Karswell has reproduced at tHoIA. In the original, the wife's catalepsy plays a significant rĂ´le; her husband attempts to kill her by strangulation, and mistakes her for dead when she is not. In the reworking, there are echoes of that, rendered irrelevant or incongruous by the husband having killed her in more gory fashion.

Mykal said...

oeconomist: The info about the wife's catalepsy in the orginal explains much that had an Eerie haze. Thanks. -- Mykal