Thursday, May 27, 2010

"Feast for Vampires" & "Dead Man's Train"

Let’s sample two treats from Weird Vol. 4 No. 5 October 1970. But first, let’s bask in this cover – so typical of Eeire Pub. with its penchant for mutant, amalgamated cover monsters. I love this flying gargoyle/chicken dragon/vampire. Whatever the species and genus, the beast deserves a tip of the hat! He popped the clasp on the young lady’s bra with his foot-claw – while airborne - a feat I used to struggle with mightily under the most comfortable of circumstances.

This first story has art by Larry Woromay, who achieves an appropriate Norman Rockwell feel with his setting and characters, albeit seen through a glass darkly. Table of Contents says: “A slimy saga calculated to keep your stomachs churning with a horror that will crack your back.”

This next tale is about a midnight train that is definitely not bound for Georgia (with apologies to Gladys and her Pips). I love the cold, chilly nightmare Walter Casadei is able to compose in these panels with his moody pencils and inks. Table of Contents says: ”An innocent man boards a Midnight Special only to find ‘death’ as the weird train moves to an unknown destination.”

Well, another post has finally given up the ghost! Until next time, sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.

8 comments:

panavia999 said...

"a horror that will crack your back." ?? That's a concept I hadn't heard of before! Love that cover art! It's my new PC wallpaper. :-) Keep up the good work.

KW said...

wow. not enough good can be said about this

Mykal Banta said...

Panavia: Crack your Back is a new one on me as well. Isn't that an awesome cover? I'll do my best to keep 'em coming.

KW: I agree 100% pal!

prof. grewbeard said...

so scary you'll contract spinal meningitis? that is truly terrifying...

Mykal Banta said...

The ultimate in scary!

Daniel [oeconomist.com] said...

“Feast For Vampires” is a reworking of “One Man's Poison” from Mysterious Adventures #17 (Dec '53), which was reproduced by Pappy.

“Dead Man's Train” is a reworking of “Midnight Limited” from Witches Tales #16 (Nov '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.)

Daniel [oeconomist.com] said...

And now Karswell has reproduced “Midnight Limited” at tHoIA.

Mykal said...

Well, at least someone was feeling energetic. Thanks, Daniel.