Thursday, January 13, 2011

Witch's Claws" & "Weird Vengeance"

It's time to gut the entrails from yet another Eerie publication, and in this case the victim is Witches' Tales Vol. 2 No. 1, February 1970. But before the slimy insides spill out in a glistening heap, lets give some gander to this cover:

Ah, from mighty oaks little acorns grow, and judging from the green-eyed gardener's careful pruning of his monster plant on this cover; we can expect some mighty oaks indeed! I'm no expert, but I would judge the one pointy-eared, turquoise bulb on the lowest-left limb (with accompanying hardware dangling from the neck orifice) just about ready for harvesting. Download THIS POST!

The Witch's Claw features the artwork of the enigmatic Antonio Reynoso, about whom virtually nothing is known. Table of Contents offers this insight: "A sharp-clawed, faithful cat traps Grace and Walter Brooks in a nightmare of horror. A real "witcheroo" of a yarn. Ye-ech!" I suppose it's a deep character flaw within, but I always hope scheming couples like the Brooks, a pair simply lounging around for an inheritance, the best of luck. I just hope none of my rich, elderly relatives read this or, consequently, I better not become rich and decrepit myself.

Last on the hit parade today is the work of the glorious Larry Woromay, who always seemed to enjoy his work for Eerie Pub. a great deal. As for splattery gore, only the legendary Dick Ayers was in his league.

We've made a fine start, yet we must thrust our arm in up to the elbow for the real, slippery gems. Next: "The Mummies" and "The Demon From Beyond"

4 comments:

prof. grewbeard said...

how weird, i was just watching a Japanese film titled "Ghost Cat Of Otama Pond" last night, it's similar to "The Witches' Claws" in that a black cat enacts revenge for it's murdered family...

Mykal said...

Prof.: Nice to hear from you! Cats, particualrily black ones, seemed to have lodged themselves in our racial memory as an association with evil. When I read this story, I was sure I read it somewhere else, in many forms, before. A Japanese film about a black cat exacting revenge? That sounds pretty cool!

KW said...

Wow! You just don't see head-choppin' in comics these days like you used to. sigh..

Mykal said...

Amen, brother!