Sunday, August 29, 2010

"The Empty Coffin" & "Death Is No Stranger"

It’s time to send this issue of Tales From The Tomb Vol. 2 No. 5 into the empire of shades. Sleep long, grimy issue from the realm of Fass; and may demons howl thee to thy rest!

The last vestiges presented here are both reprints from Igor Shop originals. Think fast! Coming at you like a rabid bat is “The Empty Coffin;” a bright, brief tale of clever revenge and true love. Much encouragement is offered in this story, presenting the fearful limbo of spirits as a place of great liberation – even miracles . . . where the lame shall float on death's gentle wings . . . where the crazy and the dead may twine in love's embrace.

Or, to put it another way, Table of Contents says: ”The stink of rotting flesh choked the living in the House of Korinth. Who’s got a gas mask?”

Our next story, “Death Is No Stranger” serves as reminder: Never bite the hand that feeds – particularly if that hand has no flesh.

No. Begging will not help. Restraint must be shown no matter how great your pleasure. It’s time to let you go until next time, in which we will survey the remains of Horror Tales Vol. 2 No. 3, May 1970.

11 comments:

Voodoo Rob's Hellbilly Hollywood said...

Amazing post! Thank you for sharing this.

Nick said...

yes neat stuff. glad i found your blog here. thanks much. nick

Guybell said...

Man, the Iger Shop artists weren't stingy with the ink, were they?
Great posts.

Mykal Banta said...

Guybell: Nope. They had it all going on. For a real fine sampling of pre-code same, visit my pal, Karsell, at The Horrors Of It All!

Mykal Banta said...

PS: Voodoo Rob and Nick: Thanks a bunch for stopping by! You are very welcome, and please don't be a strangler . . . er, stranger.

Karswell said...

Great splashes on both, but the highlight for me here in this post Mykal, and possibly including the countless Iger Shop stories I've seen over the years is the bottom left panel, page 4 of "Death is No Stranger." Seriously, I doubt I've ever seen such a great surreal / montage moment like this in any of their stories.

Thanks for the plug too!

Mykal Banta said...

Karwell: For sure! That panel caught my eye as well. Pure art. Also the sedan mowing into Sadie last panel page 2 - all headlights and nylons.

No charge for the plug ;-) Touting THOIA is just part of my mission in sharing the best!

KW said...

On just about every one of these pages I caught myself thinking "Well, THERE'S something you don't see every day."

Mykal Banta said...

KW: That's why I loved these Eerie Publications so much as a kid.

Patrick said...

How wonderful! A blog dedicated to Eerie Comics! I remember this issue well. I blame Eerie for much of my later gross and low tastes.

Mykal Banta said...

Patrick: As do I.