Sunday, April 25, 2010

Blood-Dripping Scarecrow & Monster In White

Let’s waste no time in plunging our stake into the heart of Tales of Voodoo Vol. 6 No. 1, January 1973. Well, OK, let's waste just a drooling moment over this cover. Yes, I agree, she's hotter than Hell's furnace - but then, isn't any woman with a tight dress and bloody fangs? Perhaps I've said too much.

First to be impaled by our sharpened wood is The Blood-Dripping Scarecrow. I love Ruben Marchionne’s art in this one. Any artist that can do such a perfect panel depicting holes being blown through a corpse is alright with me! Sluf! Sluf! Sluf!

The doctor in this next tale has much more to worry about than a fussy malpractice suit. Art here is by the ever-reliable Oscar Fraga. I love this tale for no other reason that the doctor in question performs successful brain surgery with a metal truncheon. My dear Father often said there were few problems which couldn’t be resolved with a hammer. But then, he was always ahead of his time.

Well, that's it. The deed is done. All is quiet, but don’t stray too far. The forest around is thick and dark, and the night is starless and littered with glowing, yellow eyes. Stay here near the fire, weak as it is. They fear fire.

Coming next from the same issue is Demon Star and The Slimy Gargoyle. Until then, don't do anything I wouldn't do - but if you must, do it quickly.

12 comments:

prof. grewbeard said...

Dracula is really gonna kick some Zombie & Voodoo Master butt once he frees up, which i picture happening in the very next second...

Mykal Banta said...

Prof.: Every picture tells a story, don't it? Ah, the mind-expanding glory of Eerie Pub covers(and I agree, the dark one is just waiting for the right moment)! -- Mykal

Karswell said...

For the rest of the day I'm gonna just walk around yelling "The Blood-Dripping Scarecrow!" for no particular reason.

Mykal Banta said...

Karswell: Me too.

Tim Butler said...

Ah, to be a trigger-happy cop in a horror mag. Ya just run in and shoot. That's job satisfaction. Nice melted face on the doc too.

Daniel [oeconomist.com] said...

“The Bloody Scarecrow” is a reworking of “Scarecrow's Revenge” from Witches Tales #14 (Sep '52), which was reproduced at Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine.

“Monster in White” is a reworking of “Operation-Monster” from Chamber of Chills #5 (Feb '52), which was also reproduced by Pappy.

Mykal Banta said...

Tim: The same thought occurred to me. Our "first officer in" made a rather hasty assessment of the situation. The ugliest guy gets shot first. Usually a sound strategy, but not here!

Daniel: I'm sure you meant "The Blood-Dripping Scarecrow." I make the correction only because I love writing, "The Blood-Dripping Scarecrow." (ah)

Thanks, gentlement, for the comments. -- Mykal

Daniel [oeconomist.com] said...

Oh, and “Scarecrow's Revenge” was also reproduced by Karswell.

panavia999 said...

Major boobage with blood running down the cleavage. Aimed at 12 year old boys ya think?

Mykal Banta said...

Panavia999: Absolutely.

Matthew Coniam said...

Terrific as ever, and I know exactly what you mean about this stuff being spiritually akin to Monogram -

"You know it's dangerous to probe near the brain."
"Nonsense, doctor, this type of peration calls for this kind of probing."

You can hear John Carradine saying it...

Mykal Banta said...

Matthew:

. . . You can hear John Carradine saying it...

Carradine's bass rumble would be perfect; or, dare I say it? Our beloved Béla, with that snake smile of his! -- Mykal