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!