Sunday, October 24, 2010

"They Couldn't Die" & "The Madness of Terror"

Well, this post finishes off Tales From The Tomb Vol. 1 No. 7, September 1969. Hear that death rattle? That's the final two stories!

First for your consideration is "They Couldn't Die!" which boasts (as so many Iger Shop tales do) an absolutely sterling splash panel and gorgeous inking throughout.

The protagonist of this tale is mad scientist, Jeremy Poston; who finances is vast laboratory and insane scientific experiments via his work as a beauty contest judge. He is, naturally, an internationally recognized expert on beauty, which is a prerequisite if one wishes for steady employment in the field.

Also of interest in this yarn is the young miss selling magazine subscriptions door to door, who exhibits a phenomenal ability to "roll with it." I can't help but wonder how far this young lady might go to please the customer.

Our last fantastic fable features the medical phenomenon known as "Rictus Sardonicus," which just sounds so awesome to say and would make a great baby name. I mean, c'mon; who would screw with a kid named Rictus Sardonicus? You just know he would be the kind of urchin that would get even somehow.

In addition to that, "Madness of Terror" features the most dedicated, ballsy family physician in the history of the planet. The extent this sawbones is willing to go to prove his theories borders on insanity - not to mention the downright creepy.

Well, creatures of the night, you may go back to making your lovely music. Next up: An unhealthy serving from Terror Tales Vol. 4 No. 6, October 1972!


prof. grewbeard said...

the moral of Madness Of Terror?- never trust a woman who smiles in death! and the moral of They Couldn't Die?- never trust a woman who doesn't blink!...

Daniel [] said...

Before anyone laughs at the idea of Dr Kirk imitating Cynthia's voice, they should hear David Sedaris do Billie Holiday.

Daniel [] said...

I infer that, on the note in the final panel of the sixth page of “There's Peril in Perfection” (the original for “They Couldn't Die”), the word “NOT” was written in other than black ink, and that the need to replace it was simply missed at Eerie Publications.

Mykal said...

Prof.: You are a wise man. For you kids out there not texting on your goddamn Iphone, please consider Prof.'s advice. It will save you many years of heartbreak.

Daniel: Comment one: I didn't so much laugh at The Concept of Dr. Kirk imitating Cynthia's voice as shiver in disgust and horror. I think it was the part where he hooked a rope and pulley to her dead body, so as to raise it out of the coffin, that put things over the top for me. And, of course, arranging the corpse's face in a smile was interesting. How would that be done? Injections? If only Jeffery could have stayed cool, wouldn't the doctor have looked the fool?

I looked up the Sedaris thing on YouTube. Lord, is that man funny.

Second Comment: That is an excellent theory. I was trying to figure that one out and I'll go with our conclusion. Nice work.

Daniel [] said...

Injections would indeed probably be the best way to make the corpse smile. Embalming fluid tends to set the position of a corpse, including the expression on its face. Dr Kirk might have injected something that would have temporarily relaxed the face, and then manipulated it into a smile while it re-set. Jolly.

If Jeffrey had kept his cool, then Dr Kirk could have been successfully prosecuted for abuse of a corpse.