Friday, October 29, 2010

"The Gruesome Creatures" &
"Chamber of Horrors"

Today we remove the skullcap of Terror Tales Vol. 4 No., 6 October 1972, just to see how much gray matter we can find. It turns out quite a lot! But first, the cover!

At center of attention we have a raven haired lass with the prerequisite shredded clothes; wrists lashed to fasteners set in the green-slimed floor of a dank cavern. So far so good. Absolutely standard fare. The denizens of this septic cavern, however, put the cover directly into the Eerie Publications zone. Where else but a Fass mag might one find a reptile/vampire and a blue-skinned, saber-toothed demon/Dracula about to do battle over a blood-spattered maiden in a tattered, black skirt? Personally, my favorite touch is the turquoise iguana man breaking the fourth wall by staring directly at the reader. Just don't return his gaze too long. His breed consider that a threat.

Our first story, "The Gruesome Creatures," has artist Alberto Macagno giving us some really fine work. I love his fly with claws - a very terrifying concept. Let the pictures run a moment in your mind, and you'll see what I mean!
Download: THIS POST!

Next we find the soot-covered stylings of Eerie Pub. master, A. Reynoso. As far as I can tell, no one knows anything (or hardly anything) about this artist. And that's just the way I like it.

ooh, don't go too far - there is so much more gray matter to spoon out of this still-warm brain case. Next, we'll try on for size "The Strange Escape" and "Vampire Witch" from the same issue!

9 comments:

brandiweed said...

The "reptile/vampire" on the cover looks suspiciously like the Hideous Sun Demon:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_lYRsmamg_bk/S5mz8uuGibI/AAAAAAAArIQ/-RJ8sdVTfKY/s400/hs_demon.jpg

Mykal said...

Brandiweed: You are so correct! I really should have picked up on that considering I reviewed that film myself on my Atomic Age cinema blog as well: Hideous Sun Demon!

KW said...

I love that monster in the very middle of page 2 panel 3. He's creepy and has a sort of Big Daddy Roth feel.

Guy Bell said...

My favorite line: "...one night, when I was reading a book on ancient witchcraft for relaxation.."
Great posts. I have a version of this cover where the head is all the way severed which, of course, I prefer

Lysdexicuss said...

both these stories exhibit a much higher quality of artwork. Both are wonderful, but that second one~ the immediacy with which the ink is splattered on the page~ are you sure it wasn't still WET when you laid it atop your scanner ~!?

Mykal said...

Lysdexicuss: That's Reynoso, my friend - his work always looked drenched in blackness.

prof. grewbeard said...

the art was exemplary in both stories and both had genuinely weird & scary moments, a great Halloween post!

Happy Halloween, Mykal!

Karswell said...

"I'm looking at the world through fly's eyes!" haha

Good stuff as always, hope you had a great Halloween Myk! Still trying to catch up on everyone's posts...

Mykal said...

Karswell: Likewise, my friend. I'm sure a great Halloween is a given 'round your joint.