Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"The Tomb" & "The Unknown"
(And Big, Cool Announcement!)

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Before we get to today's blood lettings, I want to make all you horror fans out there aware of a newly minted award for sterling achievement in the world of horror comic books. It's called The Ghastly Award, and it will be given out every year henceforth to the best in horror comics. Your host (Mykal Banta) has the honor of serving as one of The Ghastly's judges (for a list of my esteemed colleagues and Ghastly founding fathers, please click HERE! If you are a comic book/horror fan, you will see names you know!).

This award promises all kinds of bloody cool in future years. Check it out!!

Now, on to today's post, which cracks open a new issue of Terror Tales (July, 1971 - Vol. 3 No. 4). In the lead off spot we find a Dick Ayers redraw, "The Tomb," (first published as "The Sign of Doom" - Web of Mystery #14, 1952); and God knows you can never go array with Ayers. Our second story, "The Unknown," is another Eerie Pub. redraw, this one by Oscar Fraga. "The Unknown," before Fass and Company got their slimy mitts on it, was published in 1954 by Web of Evil (No. 15) as "The Demon Coat."

But before you rush to the stories, give some love to the awesome painted cover!


Gumba G Gadwa said...

That cover makes me think Fass had some unused artwork from some other project.

The first story showed some influence from his men's magazine business creeping in (and nothing wrong with that!)

The second one had the great bizarre bit where the death of the wife was completely forgotten! Nobody did anything? She screamed, was the boat empty?

"Oh, she mysteriously died of fright."

"Good enough for us!"

I always go back to see if I can find the original to see if any panels are missing to explain it, and usually, nope, usually the original has the same structural problem.

Keep up the good work, Mykal!

[>] Brian

Mykal Banta said...

Brian: Lord knows what Fass kept in and around his desk; and those covers were notoriously patch jobs more than not. Thanks for stopping by!

Lysdexicuss said...

Is there a page limit or special requirement to be considered for the Ghastly Award ? Does it have to be published on bloody pulp, or, could it be a web-comic (puns intended) ;~j

Mykal Banta said...

Lysdexicuss: Only current comics apply, so candidates certainly won't be published on BP - check out the Ghastly page for info; and thanks big time for asking!!

SpaceLord said...

Good ol' Dickie Ayers!
Always a joy. The way he pimps up torture scenes and smuggles in nekkid wimmen...
The original artwork by Bill Molno is tame and lame by comparison!

About those covers:
The Fassmeister stole some covers from German science fiction mags.
Got that info from the fabulous WEIRD WORLD OF EERIE PUBLICATIONS book you're advertising.

Mykal Banta said...

SpaceLord: You know, that Mastermind Fass swiped covers from German sci fi mags doesn't surprise me a bit. In fact, it sounds perfect!

Isn't that book (see sidebar) great? I hadn't read that part about the covers, but there is very, very little about Eerie Pub. that you can't find in that great work.

Mike H said...

Those sci-fi covers were all by Johnny Bruck, originally drawn for German Perry Rhodan pulps. All of the original covers are in TWWoEP, as well as their Eerie counterparts.

Mykal Banta said...

Mike: I knew you'd know! for those that might not know, Mike H (Howlett) is the author of the book we've been talking about in the comments: The Weird World of Eerie Publications! It's on my sidebar, so go and click it!