Friday, December 10, 2010

"The Bloody Ax" & "The Glass Corpse"

Hear that evil hiss? That's the pestilent rush of fumes and vapor mixing with air after cracking the crypt seal on Terror Tales Vol. 2 No. 6, November 1970. Do you smell the decay that is centuries older than death itself? Rather like the very death of death, isn't it? Let's see, what sort of corpse-shaped dust do we find inside. Let's begin by exposing to the light two tales by artists Cirilo Muñoz and Oswal. But first, we can't ignore this cover: Download THIS POST!

With regard to the above, it appears we have stumbled upon the very moment of betrayal, wherein our screaming, green imp/werewolf is literally stabbed in the back by the blue-haired vampire bat creature-ette (who took the trouble to wear a pair of nice hoop earnings for the occasion). The two must have been partners in killing the gray, demon red-head there on the floor of Hell (and Hell it must be, judging by the eruption of flame and fire from the fissure just behind them); but our treacherous femme fatale/thing has decided to go alone into whatever cursed future awaits her. My favorite part? The way the severed head in the foreground reveals a body as hollow as a gray vase broken at the neck, spilling only a thin seepage of silvery sludge.

Our first story, "The Bloody Ax" comes with artwork by Cirilo Muñoz, including loads of his trademark feathering and crosshatching. I thought this story brilliant and Muñoz' final panel hits like a ton of bloody bricks.

Finally we have the stunning art of Oswal featured in "The Glass Corpse." Oswal was born in Argentina and created the first Argentinian superhero, Sónoman (who had the power to control sound and music). Oswal contributed six stories to Eerie Pub., "The Glass Corpse" being the first. His use of spotting and shadow is amazing.

Now that we've broken the seal on this issue, soon other maggots and stories will come slittering out. Next, look for "The Thing" and "Werewolf." Until then, make sure you give someone who is down a brisk kick in the slats (it will make them get up faster).

7 comments:

KW said...

Ahh, the good ol' days, when it was perfectly fine to show that on the cover of a mag and hang it on a rack to dement children's brains.

prof. grewbeard said...

yes, even as a young'un to me Oswal's art stood out, very evocative. nice of him to let us share space in the devil-guy's skull, the better to sneak a peek out his eye socket past his eyeball. i think that might have been the moment "WTF?" was born!

Daniel [oeconomist.com] said...

“The Bloody Ax” is a reworking of “Paralyzed” from Mysterious Adventures #17 (Dec '53), pages 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, & 20, which are available at the DCM.

“The Glass Corpse” is a reworking of “Shrink” from Horrific #7 (Sep '53), which was reproduced at Karswell's tHoIA.

Mykal said...

KW: I can still remember the effect these covers had on me as a wee lad, stacked up there like heaven on the mag rack at my local Cunningham's - they always made my heart race with joy.

Prof.: " i think that might have been the moment "WTF?" was born!?

I'm certain of it.

Mark B said...

Thanks Daniel, I knew I had read these stories but didn't know where.

And thanks Mykal for providing these demented drawings!

Guy Bell said...

How can anyone ridicule Eerie Pubs artwork after seeing that 2nd story. That is some damn good work.

Mykal said...

Guy: My thoughts exactly.