Friday, August 6, 2010

"The Slimy Corpse" & "The Creatures"

First, we have this wonderful cover from Tales From The Tomb Vol. 2 No. 5, October 1970: What is happening here, obviously, is that our brilliant but mad scientist (who is a werewolf) has eschewed the usual practice of securing subjects to his lair/laboratory and has brought his re-animation equipment straight to the graveyard (a graveyard that is the final resting place, marked with declarative headstones, of both the Frankenstein Monster and Count Dracula).

Obvious as well, Dr. Werewolf has stood both coffins upright (held so by twin, iron frames from above) and strapped the famous cadavers in a soul-and-personality transference device. What schemes may be afoot once the snarling doctor has re-animated and transferred his subjects must be left to conjecture.

“The Slimy Corpse” is the work of Cirilo Munoz. Table of Contents says: "A fear-filled saga of a flesh-rotted corpse and a greedy diver. Ye-ech!"

“The Creatures” really gives me the creeps. But then, any creature that can’t close its mouth for the length if its sharp teeth always gives me serious pause. The artist is Walter Casadei.

Oh, there be more. Oh, yes. A surely as worms claim to their dank realm all the living regardless of fame and pride – there be more. Next: “Call of Monsters” and “Frigid Fear”

14 comments:

Daniel [oeconomist.com] said...

Smith & Broxson hadn't identified the source for “The Slimy Corpse”, but it was reworked from “Partners in Death” in Mysterious Adventures #20 (Jun '54), which was reproduced by Pappy.

KW said...

My favorite panel is the creature being konked in the head with a giant wrench. (page 4)

head bonks and konks will forever make me giggle, and sort of kill the seriousness of any story. I love them all the more for that reason.

Guybell said...

"It was that radio tube I bought at the used parts store. I knew I should have gotten the Deluxe Model"
I think that we can all learn from this.

Mykal Banta said...

KW: That was an eye-catching panel. I thought it knd of creepy. Particularily that next panel with the creature with a hole in his head like a cracked egg! As Table of Contents would say: Ye-ech!

Guybell: True. I have often gone cheap myself and regretted it, but seldom with such dire consequences.

Tim Butler said...

Is that Chick Stone doing the cover? Whoever it is, it's the same guy who did a lot of the first year Witches Tales covers. I've got hanging in my hallway next to an Earl Norem "Tales of the Zombie" and they complement each other perfectly.

Mykal Banta said...

Tim: I've never been able to even guess who does these great covers. So many were an amalgam of various covers pieced together that original artist ID becomes very complicated - yet, they are always magnificent!

Karswell said...

Maybe Mike "The Howler" Howlett knows who's responsible for this awesome cover-- wait, that's actually Mike on the cover!

Mykal Banta said...

Karswell: I suspected as much but didn't want to say without authorative confirmation.

Mike H said...

Yes... it's me! It's from so long ago... my hair has all fallen out since that portrait!

Mykal Banta said...

Mike: It's always great to put a face with a name!

Chuck Wells said...

This stuff maeks me look forward to the upcoming quarterly series, Bela Lugosi's Tales From the Grave.

Mykal Banta said...

Chuck: I keep waiting for that!! When?!?!?!?

Chuck Wells said...

Mykal, I believe the first issue from Monsterverse is due out in either October or November.

The art samples that I've seen are really pretty good.

Mykal Banta said...

Chuck: I am so there!