Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Don't Marry a Dead One!

Here’s one of the better Dark Mysteries tales I’ve read... it seems that most of the issues from this series have one or two well written / illustrated stories (like this one) while the other half of their issues are frustratingly bad, bottom barrel junk. This is also one of the more expensive golden age comics to buy these days (in any condition), which proves equally frustrating for a collector like myself. Live and learn, take the good with the bad, or let someone else with a pre-code horror blog and a scanner do it all for you.

From the Aug – Sept 1952 issue of Dark Mysteries #8







6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'VE READ SOME REPRINTS FROM DARK MYSTERIES AND YOU'R RIGHT THEY ARE NOT VERY GOOD MOST OF THE TIME.....THIS STORY THOUGH IS REALLY PRETTY GOOD, KIND OF OLD FASHIONED IN A GOOD WAY AND ALMOST ON PAR WITH AN EC STORY IN THE DESIGN AND WORDY DRAWN OUT PACE

Anonymous said...

would love to see some examples of bottom barrel junk here sometime too!

Karswell said...

Ok, you asked for it... don't blame me later though!

Anonymous said...

Nice build up, the story moves more like a 50's horror movie than a comic book but it works.

Anonymous said...

You're correct,DARK MYSTERIES was mostly ho-hum,i bought a copy at a con back in '94 in place of an old issue of SUSPENSE,and i've regretted it ever since,but as for THIS story,yeah it's excllent,i dont like the splash,but otherwise the art,writing,pacing etc. seems extremely good,a little "sham marriage=horror" derivative,but still great,oh well,if Ed Wood,games episodes of REN AND STIMPY and remakes can have golden moments,so can comics series like this.

Karswell said...

My biggest gripe--- the bride's face is drawn with an annoying level of inconsistancy, like she was played by a different actress / model in each panel...

Page 5 for example:
Panel 2: Ida Lupino
Panel 3: Katherine Hepburn
Panel 4: Jean Brooks