Friday, October 28, 2011

"Dead Witch" & "The Blackness of Evil"

Let's dig the spade a little deeper into Weird Vol. 12 No. 2, June of 1979; and see what we dig up. What a treasure trove! We've uncovered the work of two Eerie Pub. giants. The first story "Dead Witch", is a classic Dick Ayers redrawing of "Witch Girl" (Weird Terror No. 10, 1954). The second tale, "The Blackness of Evil" has artwork by Larry Woromay; and is a redraw of "Walpurgis" (Witches Tales No. 18, 1953).

With regard to the second story, "The Blackness of Evil" we have the opportunity, courtesy of Karswell's sterling blog, The Horrors of it All, to compare the redraw with the original! It's the perfect fun activity for Halloween! Just click HERE!

Monday, October 24, 2011

"The Thing" and "A Tomb of Ice"

Let's continue today with our exporation of Weird No. 12 Vol. 2, June 1979. First, we have the artwork of Eerie Pub. stalwart, Oscar Fraga.

"The Thing" is a Fraga redraw of "The Thing On the Broken Balcony" which first appeared in Strange Worlds No. 8, 1952.

Next up, we have a story by the artistic team of Nestor Olivera and Felix Saborido. If I was forced to guess, I'd say that this is Olivera's pencils. "A Tomb of Ice" is a redraw of "Death On Ice," which first appeared in Strange Fantasy No. 6, 1953.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

"Stage of Horror" & "The Supernatural"

Today, let's plunge the wooden spike into a fresh issue of goodness from Eerie Publications: Weird Vol. 12 No. 2, June 1979. First, though, let's enjoy this nearly phosphorous cover of monster-against-monster violence!

First, we have the beautiful, rich blackness of Ruben Marchionne. "Stage of Horror" is one of my favorite stories from the artist. It is a redraw of "Designer of Doom," a tale first told in Witches Tales #9, 1952.

Antonio Reynosa, who is normally a fair hand at darkness and shadow, comes across in this next tale with an unusual amount of light. "The Supernatural" is a redraw of "The Holland Haunt," which first appeared in Adventures Into the Unknown #26, 1951.

Next from this same issue we'll feast on two lovely yarns; "The Thing" and "Tomb of Ice." In the meanwhile, try to control all your unnatural urges.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

"Grave Rehearsal" and "Terror Below"

Today we shall complete our study of Witch's Tales Vol. 3 No. 1 with two shameless swipes from pre-code, Ajax/Farrell publications. This first filthy tale of mud and death was origianlly published in Strange Fantasy, August 1953.

Certainly, some may find it strange that the slander mag publisher of "Grave Rehearsal" so eagerly accepts a health resort invitation from a woman named "Madame Satin," who wears a skull ring and sends a box of mud from Transalvania as a sample of her services. Dear Miss Satin also enjoys dressing in black and carries a whip for good measure. But, in perfect honesty, whom among us wouldn't be rushing to book the next flight? Flesh is, after all . . . weak.

This second tale, "Terror Below," first saw the light of day in Haunted Thrills, November 1953. "As you sow, so shall you reap" proclaims the well-known English proverb - a thought perfectly suited to the following. Myself, I have always preferred the brutal directness of another English proverb: "What goes around, comes around." I hope now one's allergic to shell fish!
Thus concludes this issue of Witch's Tales. Sleep well, thou ragged and dusty tome.