Sunday, July 4, 2010

"Bloodsucker" & "The Bloody Vampire"

Today's bloody theme continues our exploration of Tales From The Tomb Vol. 6 No. 2, March 1974. Oh Yes, we are on safe and familiar ground with “Bloodsucker." Artist Dick Ayers has torn fields of flesh and splashed gallons of black blood in the first panel and, far more importantly, popped a cue-ball sized peeper right out of the socket by the end of the first page (and we should never overlook, when appreciating Mr. Ayers, the way the master always hangs the eyeball from thin tendrils of still-attached nerve strands). My favorite part of this tale, though, is the way human heads in large, glass bell jars litter our scientist’s lab with nary an eyebrow raised. Man, Ayers was obviously having the time of his life.

Table of Contents does give us fair warning: “Glistening fangs sink deep into the soft flesh of the neck. The blood-sucking vampire drinks the oozing blood and silently vanishes in the night mist while a town cringes in fear.”

Let’s continue our reign of blood with “The Bloody Vampire” which has the work of an unknown artist (unknown to me, that is – I hope some gore-spattered tomb-o-phile will toss me a bone here (steer, human, dog - whatever) Postscript! -- Someone did toss me a bone! It's the artist known as Romero. Check comments!

Had a bellyful? Nice and satiated? Goood boys and girls, yes, yessss. Sleep easy tonight. When next your hungry strikes, I’ll have two more tales ready for you: “The Hanged” and A. Reynoso’s “The Thing.” Please don’t spoil your appetites!

8 comments:

prof. grewbeard said...

if i'm not mistaken, this is the third remake of the "Viking Vampire" story that i've seen, and they were all in Eerie Publications! they should go ahead and make the movie. maybe they could get Kirk Douglas to do it, he's only 93!...

Mykal Banta said...

Prof.: Lord knows Eerie Pub. got plenty of mileage out of a theme. According to the Smith/Broxson Index, this version was a retelling of "The Undying Fiend" from Strange Fantasy #12 (1954); which was also done as a straight reprint in Weird Vol. 4 No. 5. (Eerie Pub.). I'll bet it was reprinted in both reprint and retelling forms numerous times. I’m hoping for a chime-in from My Man with regard to Eerie Pub. Info, Mike H., for an assist.

Douglas! Yes! I can easily see that. Magnificent casting!

Good eye, Prof.!

Mike H said...

The Undying Fiend appeared in its original form in Terror Tales V1 #7 (3/69), Weird V4 #5 (10/70) and Witches' Tales V4 #3 (5/72).

The Romero remake, the Bloody Vampire, appeared in Tales From The Tomb V6 #2 (3/74), Weird Vampire Tales V3 #2 (7/79)

Mykal Banta said...

Well done, Mike!

Spectergirl said...

Wow, The Bloody Vampire is NOT a feel good story at all. But on the bright side Bloodsucker does have that whole pro advance funeral arrangement message AND all the hangy eye stuff.

But wouldn't the relatively cold temperatures of the North East Coast of England make see-through lingerie a rather inappropriate choice of night attire during an archaeological dig? But I suppose Marcia is just a silly woman, oh that and an expert in ancient runic alphabets.

Mykal Banta said...

Spectergirl: I love in Bloody Vampire how the couple go house hunting at the end.

I hadn't noticed Marcia's clothing being inappropriate for the climate. Good eye. My only thought was that I wished she was wearing high heels.

Guybell said...

Great postings, as always. Anyway you could be convinced to post "Bloodbath" by Chic Stone anytime soon?

Mykal Banta said...

Guybell: I'm afraid I haven't got that story, but if I find the issue it appeared in, I'll snag it.