Friday, July 9, 2010

"The Hanged" & "The Thing"

These two stories will smother the last vestiges of life from Tales From The Tomb Vol. 6 No. 2, March 1974, so let’s all be sure to revel in the death throes.

There is just so much to love about “The Hanged.” First, naturally, is the artwork of Alberto Macagno, who clearly excels at rendering the effects of strangulation (with eyes issuing liquid like the last dregs being squeezed from a toothpaste tube).

Especially creepy is how the treacherous lovers josh poor Paul as they march him to his fate; finally watching with smiles as their victim’s eyeballs and tongue swell. Plus, I’ve always been a sucker from point-of-view stories told by intimate objects. In this case, a jewel studded choker that fights back the only way it knows how.

Next - an odd, little story with art from Eerie Publications’ master of the blackness, A. Reynosa. “The Thing” may have the dodgiest science of any Eerie Pub. story in the publisher’s storied history and, brothers and sisters, that’s saying something. To wit: a meteor the size of the moon crashes into an observatory and the two scientists within survive (albeit they are pretty shaken up). If you’re one of those sticklers for realistic, believable science in a tale, your head just blew up.

This issue is dead, dead, dead. But, wait, I see the soft earth shifting and parting over an old, fungus covered grave! A bony, flesh-ragged hand reaches up into the night air! Another decaying issue claws back to life next post!

9 comments:

Lysdexicuss said...

This meteor tale reminds me of that funny commercial currently airing, in which Scientists in an Observatory think it's the end of the world and break out the Bud Lite !

Mykal Banta said...

That's more believable than what occurs here. I love when the two scientist are standing near thing, still round shaped and smoking like the embers from a pipe.

Guybell said...

...not counting the fact that he wants to keep a meteor the size of the moon a "secret".
This site has resulted in my recent purchases on ebay because now I have to hold these blood-soaked tomes in my hands and smell that musty, 70's smell. I will blame my coming bankruptcy on you alone.

Mykal Banta said...

Guybell: I feel your pain! These babies don't come cheap, right? I am thrilled you have become an Eeriephile (as well as a competitor on eBay)!

Guybell said...

What kills me is I used to buy these new in the 70's. When I was a kid they were sold right next to the airplane glue in my hometown drugstore. Now I'm buying them back at almost $20.00 a pop.

Mykal Banta said...

Guybell: Likewise! Cunningham's Drug Store was my shot - the magazine rack right across the the long counter "Dinette."

Mortuis said...

I wonder if you might be familiar with the following story...? I don't know what magazine it came from, but it was in the Eerie style....

During the reign of Nero, a man named Marcus, a cousin of the Emperor (I think) buys a couple of slaves, an old man and a young girl. Both are branded with the letter "M"; then the old man, who has been defiant throughout, is killed and the girl throws herself to some convenient lions.

Flash forward to the 20th century; the man who was once Marcus and his victims have been reincarnated into new lives... only now their positions are reversed.

Ring any bells?

Mykal Banta said...

Mortius: Sorry. It does ring a bell, but I suspect only for classic story theme (reversal of roles). Maybe someone else? Have you check with Karswell over at The Horrors Of It All? (Check Sidebar for link) This sounds like a pre-code Atlas horror tale to me.

Guybell said...

Mortius,
The story that you are asking about was titled "The Tomb" and appeared in Weird vol 7 # 3 in April 1973 (and was probably reprinted several more times). Looks like the artist was Dick Ayers.