Sunday, May 16, 2010

"The Devil's Machine" & "Satan's Stone"

Let’s slice of a couple more strips from Tales From The Tomb Vol. 5 No. 2, March 1973. Let’s begin with a main course: The Devil’s Machine, with artwork by Walter Casadei.

One quick question, do scientists in movies and stories ever have competent, loyal lab assistants? Ever since Dr. Frankenstein’s flunky mixed up the brains, it’s been pretty slim pickings. About Devil’s Machine, Table of Contents tells us: ”Journey into worlds of terror locked in a frame of blood, flesh and bone.” I like that. It says it. I will ad only some simple sound effects: gag snarflechoke. Agagag!

Ever notice how everyone, when gazing at a newlywed’s diamond engagement ring, Ooohs and Aaaahs like they know quality when they see it? As if they really know a choice diamond when they see one? “Oh, that’s beeauuutiful!” Yeah, right. And said girl will nearly always hold her hand out, fingers splayed, and wiggle her fat, little digits to show it off? Shit. That’s one of life’s cherished little moments that I could really do without, thank you very goddamn much. I mean, it could be a piece of dried snot for all anyone knows. “Oh, how many carats?” we say, as if we were the carat expert now; when in fact we wouldn’t know a carat if one jumped off the floor and bit us in our rosy ass. I mean, what the . . . wait. Where was I going with this? Well, anyway, here comes a story about a diamond with art by Alberto Macagno.

Sorry about that last outburst. Really, that hardly ever happens anymore. Honest. Next time, we’ll wrap up this lovely issue of TFTT with “The Open Grave” and “Terror on Station One.”

6 comments:

Daniel [oeconomist.com] said...

“Satan's Stone” is a reworking of “Devil's Diamond” from Witches Tales #14 (Sep '52), the original art for which was reproduced at Heritage Auctions. (A Heritage Auction account is need to view all 6 pages of the art, but registration is free.)

“Devil's Machine” is a reworking of “Jonah” from Weird Tales of the Future #6 (Mar '53). Weird Tales of the Future #6 is available at Golden Age Comics to those with a download allowance. The specific story “Jonah” used to be available at the Fortress of Fortitude, but that's defunct. Perhaps someone will badger its owner, now at the Time Buller, to again make “Jonah” available.

Daniel [oeconomist.com] said...

It's so true about the year 2000, though. I 'bout jumped out of my seat the first time that I saw one guy crawling out of another's mouth! Now, ten years later, we're all used to it, and nobody give it a second glance.

prof. grewbeard said...

well, that was different...

Tim Butler said...

Nice shadows in the diamond story. And I always love when they use that scratchy effect like on the right side of the splash panel. How come nobody does that anymore?

Mykal Banta said...

Daniel: Once the Devil's Machine dropped in price and anyone could afford one, the mouth purge was no longer special. Available technology turns magic into toaster ovens.

Prof. Yes.

Mykal Banta said...

Hey, Tim: I guess it just went out of fashion. That kind of effect might get lost in the 3d colors of today?