Gather near, wretched defilers - it's time for another sacrifice as we begin our exploration of the remains of Witches' Tales Vol. 3 No. 1, February 1971. But first, as is our habit with new issues, let's obsess for a moment on this cool, painted cover. I love the green-hued, alien doctor performing the experiment (soul transference? a simple duel, private execution?). That volcano shaped head on the doctor keeps him from wearing his headphones properly. And why, exactly, is he wearing headphones anyway? Perhaps they are just hearing protection to block out the screams.
Our first story, "The Zombie Manikins," is another take on re-animation of the dead and, as per usual, the dead don't take things lying down. The art is by the artist known as Oswal.
Our second morsel is a real treat! "The Strange Corpse," if you'll notice, is signed "AA." According to the authority of all things Eerie Pub., Mike Howlett (see his book in sidebar); "AA" indicates a combined effort with the great Dan Ayers on pencils and equally great Dan Atkins handling the inks. "The Strange Corpse" is one of only two Eerie Pub. stories handled by the team.
Nothing quite says Eerie Pub. love like a few panels of Ayers' splattered eye-sockets, what? Next post: "Voodoo Horror" and "Web of Terror." Until then, don't forget to put on your leg shackles during the next full moon.