Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Imposter!

More scaly monster action, this time from ACG… home of the scaly everything, plus tentacles. AIIIIIII! From the December 1953 issue of Adventures into the Unknown #50.




8 comments:

Anonymous said...

NICE SIMPLE LITTLE HORROR POST. THESE KIND OF FOREIGN BASED STORIES ALWAYS MAKE ME WONDER IF THE MONSTER IS BASED ON ANY KIND OF REAL LEGEND. IS VISHNA SOMETHING MADE UP FOR THIS COMIC OR BASED ON SOMETHING REAL? ALSO, DO PEOPLE REALLY DRESS LIKE THAT?

Karswell said...

>WONDER IF THE MONSTER IS BASED ON ANY KIND OF REAL LEGEND.

I'm not sure about VishnA, but VishnU is of course the multi-armed deity of Hinduism-- the All-Pervading essence of all beings, the master of and beyond the past, present and future, the creator and destroyer of all existences, one who supports, sustains and governs the Universe and originates and develops all elements within.

So sayeth Wikipedia. For fashion history please ask Dr. Phibes, he still wears tiny vests and feathered caps so he'll know for sure if people really dressed like that or not.

Horror pariah said...

Very good post,and i agree with All-caps,the mittel-Europe locale gives it(especially the splash)a surreal quality.top that with the fact that this is an uncommonly grim story for ACG,who usually had happy endings,and you have a winner.my only question was how Karl knew what Vishna looked like(or maybe she saw his costume?).

Anonymous said...

Nice art, a typical story plot but the monster was scary and weird.

James Glover said...

horror pariah said : my only question was how Karl knew what Vishna looked like

This, and why did he take the trouble to have a costume in the first place? There was no witness. He only had to kill the man and let the superstitious people blame it on Vishna.

Karswell said...

>There was no witness. He only had to kill the man and let the superstitious people blame it on Vishna.

No witness? What about the guy running away and yelling "The Vishna! Run Peter run!"

The Vicar of VHS said...

Telegraphed ending, but still a tale well-told. I was a bit disappointed that the Vishna wasn't a giant Kaiju monster like the splash screen implied, but I still enjoyed it. :)

Karswell said...

>disappointed that the Vishna wasn't a giant Kaiju monster

If that had been the case then it could've just flattened the entire village and saved us the human element altogether. Sounds good to me.