Friday, June 25, 2010

"Spirits of Doom" & "Undertaker"


This will finish off Witches Tales Vol. 4 No. 1, February 1972, and we can all be thankful. It was time to let it go.

The first head on the platter is “Spirits of Doom,” with artwork from Walter Casadei. I found this one truly disturbing and am not sure about its antecedents. This one might be an original Eerie Pub. tale! Hopefully sharper, clearer, and better minds that mind can confirm or deny (My hopes were answered! See comments!). Whatever the story's origins, it really made my heart sink.

The origins of “Undertaker” are not in question: This is the classic, Eerie switch -n- swipe. In other words, a straight up reprint with a name change. This story was originally named “Ghoul for a Day” and was from Voodoo #5, January 1953.

7 comments:

KW said...

beautiful!!

Guybell said...

It's been my experience that Seminole Indian shacks seldom have much money lying around.
Great selections.

Karswell said...

Crazy issue for sure... I'll have to check round about that first story, it feels familiar somehow.

Mykal Banta said...

Karswell: I'd appreciate some expert legwork. I've been searching around, zip so far. Eerie Pub. did a few, but damn few, original stories. I'm secretly hoping it's an original, as it has a rather grim, heartsick, edgy quality about it that only a child begging for mercy, then turning into an infant and drowning, can produce. I remember reading it as a pup and feeling very sad. Same thing now.

I thought I had seen that second story in it's original over at your place. I searched, but guess not.

Mykal Banta said...

KW: You bet!

Guybell: I have had the same experience with Seminole shacks out there in the 'glades. Yet there is a rest stop about smack dab in the middle of Alligator Alley (the highway running east/west across my wonderful home state) on an Indian reservation that is a real goldmine! -- Mykal

Mike H said...

Sorry- I've been offline for 8 days (!) during a move and I'm playing catch-up!

I can help with Spirits of Doom!

It's “Fountain of Fear” from Out of the Shadows #11!

Now that I'm back online and more or less moved, I'll be more conspicuous!

Mike H

Mykal Banta said...

Mike: Thanks! I've ammended post to reflect your invaluable input!

I'm glad the move was successful and is behind you, and it's great to have your company.