Monday, March 26, 2012

"Stretching Things" & "Idol of Evil"

Let's put a lid on the coffin for Terror Tales Vol. 3, No. 4, July 1971 with these last two tales. Both are straight up reprints; the first being one of my favorite horror stories, Steve Ditko's "Stretching Things," which originally appeared in Fantastic Fears #5, 1954. You'll want to see the original over at Karwell's masterful darksome den of post-code horror (more commonly known as The Horrors Of It All), so click HERE!

The second yarn, "Idol of Evil," originally appeared in Voodoo #10, 1953.


Gumba G Gadwa said...

That's the fun thing about Eerie pubs: You can get a truly classic reprint right next to your cursed-treasure-in-the-jungle cliche story.

Page 2, panel 3 has a hilarious perspective problem. I know it's meant to be the top of the temple, but it looks like they are about to squeeze into a doll house!

This jungle story missed the evil jungle babe but added quite the bad god! The natives worship him, get shot (and killed) for him, he has enough supernatural powers to fix his own problems, and he chokes the life out of one of the natives for -- what -- not getting shot? What a jerk!

Mykal Banta said...

Gumba: Yes, life is tough for jungle natives, especially ones living in the jungle drawn by white artists in the 1950s!

Prof. Grewbeard said...

thought i left a comment before, anyway, that Ditko tale is a classic and creepier in b&w!

Mykal Banta said...

Prof.: I know what you mean. I think Ditko is one of those artists that is always better in black and white. I've seen some original Ditko pages here and there that belong hanging in the Louvre.

SpaceLord said...

Ditko really is most effective in black and white.
“Stretching Things” is a perfect example for sheer pre-code horror madness in a maniacal vein.
Love the snake splash in “Idol Of Evil”.
The rest is Iger shop cheesecake. Presenting an unusually resentful idol, though…
Who’ll want to work for that psycho anymore?

Mykal Banta said...

Spacelord: That Ditko story is one of my favorite comic book stories of any genre. So simple and clean, and so effective.

That Idol was quite the jerk, as Bumba noted as well!