Friday, July 23, 2010

"Coils of Terror" & Satan's Dead Demons"

Let’s continue to pick over the maggot-incrusted leavings of Weird Vol. 11 No., March 1978. First, let’s consider “Coils of Terror,” a tale of yet another demented, scientific genius retreating into the jungle (well, attempting to retreat into the jungle, at any rate) to continue his horribly entertaining animal-hybrid experiments. Art is by Argentina-born Enrique Cristóbal.

Looking at things objectively, it isn’t difficult to understand the marginal, balding scientist, Paul Vale’s, frustration. I mean, really. Blond god scientist, John Reid – obviously the darling of the scientific community - comes waltzing into Vale’s field laboratory with a gaggle of his groupies, wearing a trendy Hawaiian shirt, and starts blasting his revolver at anything that twitches. It would seem the stalwart Dr. Reid has found a way to crush his professional competition under the guise of noble intentions. Clearly, our "heroic" Dr. Reid can barely disguise his sense of triumph when he parks a round into Dr. Vale’s pet rabbit.

“Satan’s Dead Demons” boasts two Eerie Pub. standbys right off the bat: First, it has a sledgehammer title. Second, it has - for reasons that should be obvious (and please remember this blog is an escape to my early teenage, hormones-bouncing-of-the-insides-of-my-eyeballs self) - a simply magnificent splash page.

And honestly, who could not secretly root for Satan’s demons in this story? I say crash the holy hell out that yuppie party. Go, demons, go, and drag to a pit of dripping slime all the young beautiful people stuffed to the gills with entitlement disorder! Art is by Alberto Macagno.

Oh, my dear, dear readers; was that not fine and as satisfying as any home-cooked meal? Next? I'll give you next, you greedy things. How does "Werewolf" and "Monster Town" suit you?

8 comments:

Guybell said...

Just look at that uppity Alberto Macagno actually signing his artwork. Doesn't he know how things work around here?
Great posts!

KW said...

That giant snake story is about 100 times better than any of those giant snake movies they make on the SyFy channel. I'd love to see it in movie form.

Mykal Banta said...

Guybell: Hey, pal, thanks for stopping by!

KW: I know! The panel I love was when the serpent does a King Kong and slithers up the Empire State Building, weaving his head over the terrified population!

Daniel [oeconomist.com] said...

“Coils of Terror” was a reworking of “The Big Snake” from Tales of Horror #8 (Dec '53), which Karswell cheerfully reproduced at the Horrors of It All.

He also reproduced “Tank of Corpses” from Witches Tales #9 (Apr '52), which was reworked for “Satan's Dead Demons”.

prof. grewbeard said...

you're right, these two tales were all about gobbling up the groovy types, they're all monster fodder as far as i'm concerned, heh, heh, heh!...

word verification- "podlease"!

Mykal Banta said...

Prof.: It's always fun seeing rich, pretty people getting those smarmy smiles crushed off their faces, isn't it? I know it always makes me warm and fuzzy. I've said it once and I'll say it again: Go, demons, go! Thanks for the drop by, amigo!

Oh, I believe word verification is simply God speaking to you (or me). I have changed the course of my life more than one because a word verification appeared before me.

Karswell said...

Another great issue... and yeah, I thought these tales felt a bit familiar, even before seeing Oeconomist's comment. Good to know that someone around here is paying attention, thanks Mykal (and Daniel!)

Mykal Banta said...

Karswell: My pleasure.