Tuesday, February 28, 2012

"The Skull Scavenger" & "Horror Island"

Today we have two more moldering stories, both stinking of the grave, from Terror Tales Vol. 3 No. 4, July 1971. Our first story, "The Skull Scavenger," is a straight-up re-printing that first appeared in Strange Fantasy No. 6 (1953). What I love about this yarn is the two modern day Gendarmes, despite being certain the old man is crazy as a bucket of frogs, wants him to continue his tale. See? Everyone loves a good story. the second offering, "Horror Island," was originally published in Ghostly Weird Stories No. 125 (1954) as "The Coward". This redraw is by O. A. (Oscar Antonio) Novelle; and this is Mr. Novelle's first appearance here at The Bloody Pulp. The Argentinean artist was known for his fine, feathered inking style; which is on full display in this outing.

9 comments:

KW said...

I love those gorillas. How could anyone not love gorillas though.

Mykal Banta said...

Kw: Good point!

SpaceLord said...

Hey, the cops said it themselves: "It will do no harm to listen!"
And "the night is long" and "this issue has to be filled"...
The artwork seems so Iger-esque, I thought. And then I knew why: It is an Iger Studio original printed in black and white, of course.
Every once in a while, I can appreciate this "look".

Mykal Banta said...

Spacelord: Yep, it's got Iger shop all over it, all right. That studio always inked such lush hair.

Gumba G Gadwa said...

Horror Island started out as one of my favorite type of horror stories; a guy so evil he's basically a cartoon getting his grisly comeuppance.

And they had to go ruin it with the whole "white goddess" jungle bit. It almost makes this story seem recycled from any of the 40s jungle women comics.

And did they have to end it with "You are braver than any warrior, Tonka!" Yikes! What next, are they scared of ghosts? Seems a bit racist, but maybe I'm hypersensitive :)

I wonder if in the original she wasn't white, or if that was just something in the printing and I'm mistaken?

Mykal Banta said...

Gumba: I know the "white jungle goddess" theme was crazy popular back in the 40s (as you say), so this is definitely taps into the reserve of popularity. I don't think you're being too sensitive - it's wildly racist, but then times change and attitudes change with them.

Although I've not seen the original and can't find it at all my usual comic blog haunts, I'd bet dollars to doughnuts that she was white in the original as well (she's white in this version, too, just a brunette).

Frank Forte said...

Mykal--great stuff. but you should put the social media icons on the bottom of each post so we can tweet FB and G+ this all over the place. Like on THOIA.

Mykal Banta said...

Frank: Thanks for noticing. I thought I had that set up. The share bar is there now.

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