Tuesday, May 1, 2012

"The Vanishing Dead" & "Chant of the Dead"

Today the theme is Death! Both of our stories from Horror Tales, Vol. 2 No. 4, July 1970 are concerned with the departed, so I thought I would give you a couple of famous thoughts on the subject from famous people - both expressing the profoundly democratic nature of the skull and scythe:

"Pale Death with impartial tread beats at the poor man's cottage door and at the palaces of kings." Horace - Odes, I, iv, L.13

"O eloquent, just, and mighty Death! Whom none could advise, thou hast persuaded; what none hath dared, thou hast done; and whom all the world hath flattered, thou only hast cast out of the world and despised." Sir Walter Raleigh - History of the World, bk. V. pt. I, ch. 6, conclusion

Along these same lines, let's enjoy our first story, "The Vanishing Dead;" which is a straight up reprint of an earlier Atlas tale with only a modicum of Eerie Pub. enhancements (read: blood splatters).

Again, with "Chant of the Dead" we find an Eerie Pub. B&W reprint of a story which previously appeared Strange Fantasy#2, 1952 (and appeared before that originally in ELLERY QUEEN #1, 1949 - thanks for the info, Spacelord!).

Visit my bud, Karswell, at The Horrors Of It All to cast your peepers on the original in fully drenched color. Just click HERE!

Just for shits and giggles I thought I'd toss in this little, two-page feature, "Facts for Ghouls." Clearly, this is Eerie Pub. editors trying extremely hard to make a scary version of Robert Ripley's Believe it or Not!

14 comments:

Prof. Grewbeard said...

be baffled no more- it actually says "Facts FOR Ghouls". the world makes sense again...

love the Sir Walter Releigh quote. wonder if he wrote that one in the can?

Mykal Banta said...

Prof.: Oh my god is that embarrassing! Great, now I look like an ass. I have got to amend that post.

Mykal Banta said...

Prof.: PS - I amended the post so I look smart again! Thanks for letting me know. I love that quote from Raleigh, too.

Prof. Grewbeard said...

no prob!

Gumba G Gadwa said...

More great stuff. All devils should be buck-toothed, and all tales should feature "the girl who died three times" even though that didn't remotely happen in the story!

BTW, again, comic writers in the 40s and early 50s must have had the hardest time getting or keeping dates. All the women are nosey busy bodies who get in the way of the real man's work, and tread easily into danger. You can just see this story being handed in and the writer screaming DAMES! as he slams it on the editor's desk!

Mykal Banta said...

Gumba: I'm not sure if difficulty in getting dates is limited to 40s and 50s comics book writers - or comic book artists and readers for that matter. Consider: there is a reason why comics of the golden age are stuffed with body building ads which feature skinny kids turning themselves into muscle beasts!

SpaceLord said...

Pardon me for being a wiseguy, but these are NOT Atlas stories.
“Vanishing Dead” is Iger Studio artwork from VOODOO #10 (an Ajax product) – so is “Chant Of The Dead”, coming from the pages of STRANGE FANTASY #2 (which was a reprint from the 1949 ELLERY QUEEN #1).
Except for the three drops of blood (spurting from the mouth of the zombie in the last page) the artwork has not been changed even.

Mykal Banta said...

Spacelord: Ouch. You are correct, sir! at least about the Iger Studio artist work. I meant to say they were Ajax/Farrell stories. Even with that, I guess, I'd be mistaken since the origin of "Chant" was ELLERY QUEEN. Quick like a bunny, I'm going to edit that post. Thanks! Good eye!

In "Chant of the Dead," there is at least one more Eerie Pub. enhanced spurt of blood: then the skeleton hand clutches the Mrs. Talbot's ankle on the splash page.

SpaceLord said...

Plus blood on the ankle.
That is correct!
We should start a kind of "round table" - for blood spot spotting!

Mykal Banta said...

Space: Lord knows with Eerie Pub. we'd have a ton of work ahead of us. Every reprint has those blobs of black blood somewhere!

Karswell said...

This post just reminded me that I need to look for Ellery Queen comics at the next con! Nice double header as always, Myk!

Mykal Banta said...

Thanks, Karswell. Good hunting at the next con.

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