Saturday, May 21, 2011

"The Game Called Dying" & "Crack Up"

It's time once again to tap the moldy till of Weird Vol. 4 No. 3, June 1970.

Today's offerings are both Eerie Pubs reprints of earlier Ajax stories. The first one, "The Game Called Dying," originally appeared in Voodoo No. 3, 1952. Weird served up this introduction in the table of contents: "There is an old saying, "He mates and checks, and slays, and one by one in the closet lays," A real 'Weirdo.'"

The full passage, from the The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, is:

"'Tis all a Chequer-board of Nights and Days
Where Destiny with Men for Pieces plays:
Hither and thither moves, and mates, and slays,
And one by one back in the Closet lays."

Which fits this story perfectly!

For a perfect example of how Eerie Pubs like to gore things up, take a look at the original of "The Game Called Dying," posted at Karsell's The Horrors of It All!

Our second story, "Crack Up," originally saw the light of day in Fantastic No. 10, 1954.

Next time we put this issue in the vault by posting "Torture Garden" and "The Living Dead." I bet I had you at "Torture Garden," didn't I?


Karswell said...

The Game Called Dying is really one of the most over the top precode tales ever... it's fun to compare the gory visual additions they made on this one: here's the original:

Mykal said...

Thanks for the link, Karswell. For those interested (and who wouldn't be) I'll hyper that link HERE for your clicking ease!

Mykal said...

PS Karswell: Over the top and then some. My favorite part of the bloody Eerie redo was when Joe shoots Yala twice in the face and once in the chest - caption reads "Maybe Joe meant to kill her, maybe not. Who knows . . ."

Well, shit fire, if that was Joe lacking commitment, I wouldn't want to be near if he was earnest.

TwoFistedMark said...

Cheers for this post! I remember these two terror tales from their first run.Yala doesn't play!
Any chance of two of my all time favorites seeing the light of day
so to speak? Vampire flies(classic)
and the Gutless one? Those two tales
are perfect Eerie Pubs. fare.
These bring back a lot of memories,

Mykal said...

Thanks, Mark. If I can find the stories you mention, I'll sure post them.

Count Wilhelm Screem XIII said...

::gasp:: That was terrifying! Horrifying! SCARIFYING! My veins have snapped, my bones are brittle, and my eyeballs are bloodshot, dangling at the ends of the optic nerves hanging limply out of a cracked, leaking skull. In short, the goosebumping ghoulish grosseries that the Eerie Pubs provide have, once again, left me a ravaged wreck. Thanks so much for posting these. I've been utterly in love with the Pubs ever since I first stumbled across 'em back in 2005 (I'm a later-comer, I know, a young pup, what can I say?) and have been a semi-regular visitor of this blog ever since I stumbled across IT last summer. Just wanted to drop you a line for the first time, as I just started up my own blogspot site, and I plan to flit about the various blogs that I consider my fiendish favorites in order to offer up thanks. So... THANKS! Keep it up you creepy kook you.

Mykal said...

Count: You have a cool blog. I've got you linked up in my sidebar!

Mitchell said...

Yet another terrific blog Mykal! I shall be devouring each page and post with glee! Less than a month ago I had the good fortune to meet Mike Howlett at the big comic book show in Boston. A wonderful Man mike was, and I of course purchased his most awesome book on the Errie pubs, which he was kind enough to autograph for me. Since then I have picked up a gig drawing a six page horror story for a mag called BLOKES TOMB OF TERROR. The goal is to bring back pub style horror comics show casing new artists. Your blog is providing a wealth of knowledge, and has come along at the perfect time... thanks as always for posting!

Mykal said...

Mitchell: Mike is the Man! So happy to hear about the BLOKE job. I am really going to check that mag out. Best of luck!!!

Count Wilhelm Screem XIII said...

Danke for the link, my good man. Y'know, I actually took the name for my blog, "Werewolf's Meal Inc." from a small gag in the background of the cover for Eerie Publication's Weird Vol. 3 #5 (the meatgrinder cover, my all-time favorite Eerie Pubs cover). I love the Pubs. Ya can't help but smile when you see something like that blatant post-it in the splash panel of Game Called Dying used to gore the story up a bit. Great stuff.