Friday, April 22, 2011

"Witchcraft" & "Corpses Coast-To-Coast"

Let's dig up another Eerie Pub issue, Weird Vol. 4 No. 3 - June 1970; from its fetid grave and dissect it story by story. But first, let's pause a moment and enjoy this cover. Most eye-catching is the long, slim, fanged redhead with the see-through who seems to be orchestrating events. Notable as well is the perfectly normal gentleman being strangled (average mortals were quite scarce on Eerie covers).

This first story, "Witchcraft," is a good example of still waters running deep. It's the quite ones you have to look out for - particularly when a quite one stumbles upon a witches' den. The artwork here (a re-draw of "Book of Vengeance" from Chamber of Thrills #24, 1951) is by Walter Casadei.

This second story, "Corpses Coast-To-Coast" is a reprint from Voodoo #14, 1954. I love this story and would kill to see it made into a Hollywood blockbuster. My mind reels with casting ideas for Big Z. If we could choose actors from any era - you gotta go Tor Johnson.

For a peek at the original, check out Karswell's HERE!

14 comments:

prof. grewbeard said...

oh by the way, i'm a ZOMBIE?!?

Mykal said...

Prof.: I know - I sort of lost track of it myself at that point. None the less - I just love Big Z!

KW said...

I love the Frankie on this cover.

Mykal said...

KW: I agree. He's kind of a thuggish brute!

Karswell said...

Corpses Coast-To-Coast is one of my favorite pre-code tales too, Mykal! Nice post!

Mykal said...

Karswell: Was that one over at THOIA? I couldn't find it, but perhaps it's me.

Karswell said...

Yeah, it's there, posted is way back in January 2008:

http://thehorrorsofitall.blogspot.com/2008/01/corpses-coast-to-coast.html

Mykal said...

Karswell: Thanks for the link. I've added it up top.

Gabriel said...

(by the way) This brilliant story is included in Fantagraphics' Fear-Color Fear; a book of joys (and fears!)

Cheers, Mista'!

Mykal said...

Gabriel! So good to hear from you. You know, I bought that book a while back and haven't read it yet. Maybe it's about time!!

The Tame Lion said...

Cool! I love Corpses Coast-To-Coast!!

Mykal said...

TL: Me too.

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Darci said...

Re: "Witchcraft"
Somehow I keep seeing Barbara Gordon at the Gotham Library when I read this. Hopefully some day I'll get to see the original "Book of Vengeance" from Chamber of Chills #24 for comparison.
Thanks!