Friday, August 7, 2020

The Drowning Witch

Another isolated comic panel cropped out of context and doomed to travel around tumblr endlessly without explaination is the screaming woman holding up a baby with a goat's head. I've had a few people write to me asking about it, so here it is complete, a wonderfully odd 4 pager illustrated by rockin' Reed Crandall and from the September 1953 issue of Men's Adventures #23.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The Lonely Dungeon

OMG. Another kookball investigation into the legend of Frankenstein?!! And this one even more awesomely cockamamie than the last?!! Yes. Yes it is. And I guess if we're not careful, THOIA could become the new Frankensteinia, (I sure miss that blog!) --so with this post we also say a fond adieu to Mary Shelley's monster and then move on to other scary subjects coming up next-- but for now, enjoy one last mysterious trip down into the mad science lab, from the March 1954 issue of Mystery Tales #18.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

The Return of the Monster

Just when you think Atlas Month is over-- here it comes again like a rampaging beast from Hell! Yes, looks like it's not quite through with you yet! And speaking of, looks like we haven't seen the last of Frankenstein's monster either! From the June 1950 issue of Marvel Tales #96, with unsigned story art credits going to Gene Colan and Vince Alascia, --and meanwhile, spooky Syd Shores turned out the seriously terrific cover art piece. So what came first, the cover or the splash?

Thursday, July 30, 2020

The Monster

If anyone ever does a collection of Paul Reinman horror stories, I hope this murderous monster of Frankenstein spectacular from the April 1952 issue of Marvel Tales #106 is in it. I mean, aside from just being a flat out great story in nearly all pre-code comic aspects, it truly contains some of Paul's most panel packin' awesome work. The row o'four in the middle of page 5 for example should be hanging in an art museum, --or deadfinitely in a dungeon somewhere! I hope you all enjoy it, and I hope you all dug this full month of "The Atlas" tales, haha. Lots more on the way, stay tombed...

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Graveyard!

Time once again for another rousing adventure into the highly satisfying realm of the ill-fated great white hunter genre. You've read enough stories here over the years to already know this ain't gonna end well for 'em, so just kick back and let Dick Ayers set 'em up for the wonderfully big take down. Originally featured in the March 1954 issue of Mystery Tales #18.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

The Hex!

Let's take a quick leap into the eerie era of post-code Atlas / Marvel tales, with a hexing Don Heck yarn about old world ways colliding with the new! It's a brisk little entry not too far off from the kind of thing you'd find happening in the Twilight Zone, and despite what it says at the bottom of page one, this story originally first appeared in the November 1956 issue of Adventure into Mystery #4.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

The Killer!

All the world's a stage, as The Horrors of it All shines a shivery spotlight on a spine chilling Al Luster crime classic from the April 1953 issue of Mystery Tales #10.

If today's story wasn't scary enough for you, just remember that Halloween is in 100 days!