Saturday, January 26, 2008

Dial… City Morgue!

Today we have a Strange Tales double header, and leading off with heavy hitter Sol Brodsky (sounds like a baseball player name doesn’t it?) and a spooky story featuring a unique twist on the “haunted phone” scenario that’s so popular these days, especially in modern Japanese horror films (and the crummy redundant American re-makes.)

From the December 1951 issue of Strange Tales #4






6 comments:

Anonymous said...

THAT IS A GREAT TAKE ON THE HAUNTED PHONE. JUST WHEN YOU THINK THEY'VE RUN OUT OF IDEAS IN THE MOVIES ALONG COMES ONE FROM HALF A CENTURY AGO WITH A BETTER TWIST THAN ALL OF THEM.

Anonymous said...

Great splashes on both posts today. The Romita story is very inviting, and this Brodsky splash is just too weird to not get sucked in immediately. I was going to ask if these were scanned from the Strange Tales Masterwork that just came out but upon closer inspection I can tell they are not. These old stories just feel scarier when read from the originals and not the reprints.

Max the drunken severed head said...

What a fun double-header! The phone story was original and different.

Thanks for sharing this!

Max

Horror pariah said...

I wholeheartedely agree about the splash page,it's so surreal you can see it as a Dali painting.

Anonymous said...

awesome story!

Karswell said...

Well that's the main function of a splash page, to draw the reader in. You don't know how many stories I've ignored because of poor splash pages or panels. My biggest criteria for pre-code posts here at THOIA is that the story contains a superb splash. The last thing I want is someone coming to my blog one day and going, "Ugh, this looks skippable."