Thursday, February 28, 2008

Picture of Hell

Here’s another fine example of early Joe Kubert horror. I apologize in advance for the state of these scans, this story comes from the one issue in my collection that apparently spent more time underwater than is comic bookily possible. Still, with all of the color smudges and mold stains Kubert’s art is so damn strong it literally bursts right through all the muck like it wasn’t even there. Maybe Joe sold his soul too, eh?

From the October 1952 issue of Strange Terrors #3









7 comments:

todd said...

This reappeared with Matt Baker art in 3-D The House of Terror a year later. Of course, the best part is the splash at the beginning.

Anonymous said...

OH YEAHHHHH!! THIS MADE MY MORNING, KUBERT IS INCREDIBLE. THE SCANS DON'T REALLY LOOK SO BAD EITHER. THANKS!

Anonymous said...

Yes, excellent artwork, (even Kuberts fat chicks are kind of hot),but the whole selling your soul to the devil plot is oh so played out. I wonder if this seemed fresh in the 50's or just as tired as all the other countless variations before or since?

Karswell said...

>THE SCANS DON'T REALLY LOOK SO BAD EITHER.

Well that's good to hear because I was seriously re-thinking weither to post this or not.

>This reappeared with Matt Baker art in 3-D The House of Terror a year later.

What do you mean, the same story re-done by Baker or another variation on the "selling your soul" plot as someone else pointed out?

Horror pariah said...

Very good.despite a few smudges i couldn't tell this was ever damaged,Kubert's workis always so amazing,you can just see the enormous influence he had on Steve Ditko,in art and plot.

Scott said...

Some really nice art here. And once again, the milquetoast husband and the harpie wife. This one stands out though b/c the wife is not the super-hot femme fatale she usually is . I particularly like the panel with Belial's eyes looming over the montage of painting images. Great stuff.

todd said...

The same script verbatim, but with 3-D art by Baker. Thanks for showing me the superior original!