Friday, May 21, 2010

"The Open Grave" & "Terror On Station One"

This post will blast the silver bullet deep into the heart of Tales From The Tomb Vol. 5 No. 2, March 1973. But while the body still twitches, let’s savor the last dregs of these two, final tales.

The Open Grave features the artwork of Argentinean, Domingo Mandrafina. I love the fleshy hysteria Mandrafina often gives his characters as they reluctantly face doom. Table of Contents doesn't softsoak it: "The grisly and macabre tale of a hunter and an open grave that trapped him into an eternal sleep."

Terror From Station One has some pretty cool monster/aliens drawn by Cirilo Munoz. Table of Contents says: An unusual and scarifying tale of future space travel as other civilizations form other galaxies attack the space lances.

Well, until next time, dear reader, bolt all the doors and shutters up tight. Parting is such sweet sorrow, so the bard tells us. Does that mean pain is pleasure?

Next up: Feast for Vampires and Dead Man’s Train.

8 comments:

Daniel [oeconomist.com] said...

“The Open Grave” is a reworking of “The Waiting Grave” from Witches Tales #9 (Apr '52), which was presented at tHoIA.

prof. grewbeard said...

excellent art on "The Open Grave", but the second story? well, you can't win 'em all...GASP, I CAN'T BREATHE, MYKAL, NO!!!...

Mykal Banta said...

Prof.: I kind of know where your coming from with Terror On Station One. Mr. Munoz (if it is Mr. Munoz) seems to have used the story for a study in aimless crosshatching. Also, I wonder if the art was poorly served by a poor re-printing (or perhaps even a re-re- printing, Eerie Pub. style!).

Mykal Banta said...

Prof. Pt. II: I forgot to mention, that second story does contain a foxy nurse getting her uniform ripped off by space aliens. This element alone makes the story profoundly worthwhile.

Guybell said...

Love this stuff! And it always amazes me how far the artists would go in swiping. That splash panel for Terror On Station One is obviously a Williamson Flash Gordon copy.

Mykal Banta said...

Guybell: We prefer the term "homage" but, yeah, Fass and company swiped like hell. They were the ruthless pirates of the mag publishing world, swinging aboard the decks of more prestigious mags with blood in their eyes, licking their chops.

8thRay said...

I kinda liked Terror on Station 1, with its retro-SF style. It's a shame that a pair of interesting characters like Capt. Rawls and Engineer Devereaux were just brought in to serve as Red Shirt cannon fodder.

I mean, a 20 year old space station Captain with a monocle, a cape and a Tam O' Shanter? A Gallic good guy with paradoxically classic villain features and a Space Opera helmet? What a waste.

Mykal Banta said...

8thRay: I am loving your eye for the unique detail! Bravo!