Tuesday, January 18, 2011

"The Demon From Beyond" & "The Mummies"

It's time to pull out two more sticky tales from the drying corpse of Witches' Tales Vol. 2 No. 1, February 1970; and today the dark lords have turned their slathering grins upon us. We have found glory in their favor, for today we begin with a Dick Ayers story called "The Demon From Beyond." Of all the Eerie Pubs artists, Mr. Ayers is far and away the best known. His comic book work for other publishers, primarily Marvel, is extensive and impressive (my favorite portion of his portfolio is the work he did in the late 1960s on Sgt. Fury). He remains a solid favorite among Eerie Pubs aficionados and is officially the past-master of the popped optic. Download THIS POST!

"The Mummies" comes from the dripping brush of Argentinean, Oscar Stepancich; who certainly knew what to do with his blacks. As Mike Howlett observes in his recently released, The Weird World of Eerie Publications: "His (Stepancich) inking skills were second to none in the Eerie Pubs bullpen. His blacks were bold, his lines were confident and his feathering was very smooth." All these strength are evident in "Mummies", starting with the simple, highly effective splash panel.

OK, you don't have to go home, but you can't stay here. If you are in no shape to drive, do not call a "designated driver" like some pussy. I want you to crawl home. That's right, crawl, you dog! Crawl on your hands and knees! Crawl like the miserable, misbegotten cur you are! Now . . . Howl! See the fog in the moonlight, rising from the earth like the wet breath of graves? Can you feel the damp upon your bare skin? From all fours, howl into the night and hear your animal voice echoing over the lonely hills. Do you hear? Oh, my, that pricked your ears, didn't it? That other howling. That's the sound of your brothers and sisters answering you. They grow in number until the crescendo of your howlings all but shatter the sky like a plate of thin, frosty crystal. Go. Go to them, all you young, happy things!

Next, after you're all sated, there will be time for more tales. Then, we will join here again and enjoy "The Devil's Fiddle" and "Horror Harbor."

9 comments:

Guy Bell said...

Great posts, Mykal! As you know, I can't get enough of Ayers. Thank God the holidays are over and we can all get back to important things (Eerie Pubs, your blog, drawing).

Mykal said...

Guy: Glad to hear you're getting back to drawing!

Karswell said...

I love how shadowy the mummy story is... spooky, moody, and just the way I like 'em!

Mykal said...

Karswell: I liked that one, too, for the same reasons. I have to dig up some more Stepancich.

Matthew Coniam said...

That first frame of The Mummies would make a great poster. It's like Caspar David Friedrich or something.

"Do not call a "designated driver" like some pussy" - ha! I love it. I am also envious of anyone who can be deemed "the past-master of the popped optic."

Mykal said...

Thanks, Matthew!

James Van Hise said...

These are exactly why I never bought these comics when they were first published. The added gray tones are a mess and make everything look sloppy.

Mykal said...

James: Thanks for explaining why you never bought these magazines. I was very curious about that.

Matthew Coniam said...

Now all we need to find out is why he never got picked first at football.