Friday, March 26, 2010

"House of Monsters" & "Devil Flower"

Let’s dive into Horror Tales Vol. 2, No. 1; January 1970. Just gaze upon this cover! One thing about Eerie Publishing: The cover creatures are always unique. Take for instance the pointy-eared demon/elf of this cover using a splitting maul to cleave a blue-skinned robot with bloody feeding tubes right down to the belt buckle! Man, that’s Eerie!

This first story, House of Monsters, is by Dick Ayers. Oh, yeah, is it ever Dick Ayers. In that glorious few summers of my youth when Eerie mags were the sun and moon, Ayers was my favorite Eerie Publishing artist. I would pick up each new issue in sweaty hands and flip pages looking for the Ayers' signature panels of blood, heads, and eyes.

Table of contents says ”The grim castle that Paul Domer inherited was a fiend’s dream that combined the forces from beyond with science into horror unequealled. Ye-ech! This is a bloody tale.” Indeed it is.

This next story might be by Carl Burgos, but I am open to suggestion (Nope! Not Burgos. See comments by oeconomist and Mike Howlett). About Devil Flower, Table of Contents says: "Who was the evil, vicious being that kept the carnivorous flower thriving in full bloom through periodic feedings of . . . Ye-ech. Read it." Well, okay! I will!

Well, that’s a wrap! When next we rise, we’ll look at two more tales from the same issue: Horror Club and Better Off Dead. In the meantime, Keep your proclivities well hidden from neighbors and co-workers!

9 comments:

FUKITOR said...

Haha,I actually own this one. Ayers is one of my favs too. It always meant extra pieces of dubble bubble when I would see an opening splash page like that!

Mykal said...

Fukitor: Do this day, when I think of quintessential Eerie Pub artwork, I think of Ayers' splash pages! Thanks for dropping by. – Mykal

oeconomist.com said...

The pre-code story from which “House of Monsters” is derived was “The Castle of Fear” in Weird Mysteries #3 (Feb 1953). One can see it in a entry of 29 Jan '09 at Karswell's Horrors of It All.

oeconomist.com said...

According to Smith & Broxson, “The Devil Flower” is from Voodoo #7 (Mar '53), and was done by the Iger shop.

I don't think that Burgos was ever employed with the Iger shop, but he might have been personally involved in any modifications to the artwork done by Eerie.

Mykal said...

oeconomist: Thanks for dropping by and thanks for the info! -- Mykal

Karswell said...

Cool, been wanting to see this one since Oeconomist's original comment on THOIA last year.

Keep 'em coming Mykal!!

Mykal said...

Karswell: No problemo, my friend! -- Mykal

Mike H said...

Oeconomist is right on!

"Devil Flower" is the Iger Shop (for which Burgos never worked!

The in-house Pub touch ups were done by either Burgos or Ezra Jackson... I'm at work and not near my index. If this was the first prin ting, it's Jackson.

Blah blah blah! I do go on! Awesome post! Ayers RULES!!

Mykal said...

Thanks, Mike! I thought I saw some Burgos, but I'm sure you and oeconomist are correct. Thanks a ton for the info! -- Mykal