Tuesday, August 2, 2011

"Weird Magic!" & "The Beast"

Let's tear into two more unwholesome offerings from Terror Tales Vol. 5 No. 5, October 1973. First is a tale of Zombie lovers, drawn by one of my favorite Eerie Pub artists, Larry Woromay. I love his elongated forms and relaxed line, and he had a real talent for depicting the melting corruption that flesh is heir to.

As for the story, what can one say about a tale where the rotting dead behave with more honor than the living? Such a shift to morality in the dead shouldn't offer much surprise, actually; free as they are of worldly temptation. Perhaps only zombies, rising in legion, can save this wicked, wicked world. (ahem) anyway . . . it would make a hell of a movie.

This next story of dueling beasties was drawn by Cirilo Muñoz and raises the question: Who among us has not wanted to be completely free and bestial, satisfying every single impulse? To completely surrender to lust, fury, hunger? Gentlemen? Ladies? Anyone? Samuel Johnson said it best for all us latent primitives: "He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.”

9 comments:

Steve Miller, Writer of Stuff said...

Those were both among some of the best stories you've posted so far. I particularly liked "Weird Magic" both for the tale and the artwork.

Thank you for passing along the creepy entertainment!

Daniel [oeconomist.com] said...

“Weird Magic” is a retitling of “Zombie Magic” (found at Karswell's tHoIA), and is a reworking of “Corpses on Cue” from Web of Mystery #18 (May '53), which was presented at The Horrors of It All.

“The Beast” is a reworking of “The Beast Of Skeleton Island” from Web of Mystery #13 (Sep '52), which was presented at Pappy's Golden Agen Comics Blogzine.

Mykal said...

Steve: That first story is one of my favorites as well. It's so romantic.

Mykal said...

Daniel: Woromay's fantastic layouts darn near make his version a new story, or at least a worthy remake. Eerie so often went with the same telling right down to the layouts even in a redraw (with a little extra splash thrown in, of course).

Daniel [oeconomist.com] said...

Mykal, your point is well taken; and, after the first panel, “The Beast” is an example of a reworking that very closely follows the layouts of the original.

Woromay's “Zombie/Weird Magic” is reminiscent of expressionists films of the '20s. Setting aside its lay-out (and casting), “Corpses on Cue” was nicely rendered; but the lay-out is much like an unimaginative B-movie of the period (and the casting is like that of a television show from the '50s).

Karswell said...

We should've cue'd our corpses up Mykal, I just posted that original version last month--- arghh!! This is a kick ass Eerie issue... and speaking of, have you seen Mike Howlett's interview on the Fright Channel yet? Check it out:

http://vimeo.com/25430610

Mykal said...

What a super interview! Thanks for clueing me in, Karswell. Wow, was that fun. Everyone must see it. Click HERE to see Mike Howlett speak about his great book (see sidebar).

prof. grewbeard said...

sorry i haven't been around lately Mykal, i've putting my life back together, but thanx for posting this great issue, it's one i hadn't encountered yet. just what i needed.

Mykal said...

Prof.: Great to hear from you! More great stuff coming just for you!