Thursday, January 31, 2008

A Gravedigger’s Terror

The Groovy Age of Horror blog recently had some interesting posts on nazi horrors, so I thought I’d join in the atrocities with this unevenly illustrated tale of German wartime betrayal and torture. And while we’re at it let’s throw in a vampire and a zombie because apparently the ratzis aren’t monsters enough.

From the December 1952 issue of Mysterious Adventures #11







7 comments:

Anonymous said...

MYSTERIOUS ADVENTURES IS A WEIRD SERIES, THERE'S SOMETHING FUN YET AT THE SAME TIME SOMETHING VERY AMATUER ABOUT THEM. LIKE MAYBE THEY SHOULD HAVE TRIED TO COPY ONE OF THE LESSER PRE CODE PUBLISHERS INSTEAD OF EC WHICH WHO WERE OBVIOUSLY WELL BEYOND THEIR TECHNICAL REACH ON EVERY POSSIBLE LEVEL. STILL A DECENT POST, HAVEN'T SEEN MUCH NAZI ACTION HERE.

Anonymous said...

Cool story, I don't think the art is too bad really but the story telling feels a little rushed, the idea of the vampire seems as if it was added in last minute just in case.
Groovy Age of Horror is one of my favorite blogs too and a daily stop along with yours and Pappys.

Lethargic said...

I agree that the vampire seems like it was added in at the last minute, but I think it may have been a crude attempt at propaganda. Especially with the zombie Frenchman coming back to stake it through her heart.

But Nazi vampires with a lust for blood? I don't care if it's propaganda, it's sure entertaining.

Karswell said...

>don't care if it's propaganda, it's sure entertaining.

Indeed! It's not Manly Wade Wellman but it will definitely do.

Horror pariah said...

Nazis were/are a dime a dozen in war and drama,but pretty scarce in horror fiction.yet strangely,it's led to some memorable moments for the genre,like that NIGHT GALLERY episode.it's a shame the nazi's weren't just a fictional horror.

Karswell said...

>like that NIGHT GALLERY episode.

The Devil is Not Mocked:
http://imdb.com/title/tt0660847/

Tony said...

Another one of my very favorite pre-code titles. Lots of gruesome stories, especially in some of the later issues. Would definitely love to see more stories from Mysterious Adventures posted.