Thursday, July 1, 2010

"Where the Flesheaters Dwell & "The Fire Beast"

Castles on hilltops, dinosaurs with blood-slavered jaws, hairy devil demons, vampires, and a lady in a red mini and high heels running for her life. Yes! It's another Eerie Publications cover; specifically Tales From The Tomb Vol. 6 No. 2, March 1974!

For reasons that will become obvious, "Where the Flesheaters Dwell" is one of the most oft-remembered of the Eerie Pub. stories. It's a reworking, naturaully, appearing first in Fantastic Fears #8, July 1953. Cirilo Munoz handled the juiced-up "homage" presented here. The four-color original may be seen (where else?) at Karswell's The Horrors Of It All.

Walter Casadei supplies the swell art for "The Fire Beast." Table of Contents tells us: "A wild, blistering fire, a tribe of ghostly warriors, and a weird beast all merge into an uncanny tale of skin-splitting terror." So, you have been fairly warned. If your skin splits in terror, don't come crying to me.

Don't stay away long. This vein has just begun to be tapped (and we shall drain it dry, oh yes we will). Next we taste the fine, red dregs of "Bloodsucker" and "The Bloody Vampire."

12 comments:

8thRay said...

It was fun to see an alternate take with Where the Flesheaters Dwell. My only disappointment was the panel where the monster says "oogle", instead of the original (and vastly superior) "Boogle!".

Mykal Banta said...

8thRay: Ha Ha! I agree!

Aaron Bias said...

So, I'm looking at that cover and I'm thinking "How do you get to that castle?" - Well, I also wonder how that chick's boobies aren't falling out of that rag she's wearing, but the castle access problem is somehow more disconcerting. Castles are, by nature, intended to be largely inaccessible, but this one left the front door open.

Even so, no matter how inviting that open front door may be, there is no evidence of a road leading up to it.

And who lives there anyway? The Vampire (who, incidentally is covered in somebody's blood, but still seems hungry?)? They often own old castles, if Bram Stoker is to be trusted. The grotesque, warty fellow? Not to judge by appearances, but he doesn't exactly scream "homeowner". That hairy, greenish fellow who looks like he has some sort of jack o'lantern teeth in place of an upper lip?? No, he's too busy walking his pet dimetrodon.

Perhaps the buxom young lady in need of a seamstress owns the castle? She's running around barefoot, perhaps she stepped out the front door to get the paper and fell all the way down that foggy mountain due to her apparent lack of a front porch?

Mykal Banta said...

Aaron: Thus you have touched on the wonder of Eerie Pub. covers: like all great literature and works of art, i.e.: the Mona Lisa, Shakespeare, the Bible - it raises more questions than gives answers.

My first thought was the castle was built into the pit of a dead volcano, with a massive, unseen vault of basements and catacombs housed within.

Ask Spectergirl for me: Is this another Women Running From Houses cover?

Tim Butler said...

The payoff panel in "Flesheaters" is just the best. Although, there's something a little Earnest Borgnine-ish about that goriila in the second story.

Mykal Banta said...

Tim: "Earnest Borgnine-ish" I love that. That's perfect. You know what I think it is? The beast has a full head of hair (combed to the side, it appears) and eyebrows, despite being a fur covered beast. It gives him an odd appearance.

I loved it when that guy stabbed him right in the eye socket!

KW said...

i wonder if there's a website somewhere that has all these covers collected in nice big jpg form.

Mykal Banta said...

I don't know, but I'll be somebody does. Anyone?

Karswell said...

Cool to see this version of the story... and very glad they left in the partially devoured victims!

Mykal Banta said...

Karswell: "very glad they left in the partially devoured victims!"

Little chance of Eerie Pub. leaving that juicy bit out! I'm glad I could finally link this story up proper to the glorious original!

Mike Madonna said...

Think I can help KW out here. Check out www.comics.org. You have to search out each magazine title, i.e., "Tales From The Tomb" and you will have access to a gallery of covers. There's plenty there to see. Enjoy!

Mykal Banta said...

Mike: Why didn't I think of that? God knows I use that resource enough. Thanks, Mike!