Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Kiss of the Vampire

Here’s a typically weird vampire tale from Superior Publishers containing some wild touches like the spiked canopy bed of doom and the dried-up corpses of the vampire wench’s former “lovers” kept proudly on display. And how about those gruesome, melting eyeballs in the splash---WOW! Now if only the colorist had read the directions properly for the “white hair” in the final panel… oops!

From the September 1952 issue of Strange Mysteries #7









15 comments:

Chuck Wells said...

Yep! That's a big glaring coloring error in the last panel, but the tale was enjoyable nonetheless.

Karswell said...

The final panel has two big color goofs, the white hair that's supposed to be black, and the big pink splotch over half the guy's face. The doomed panel!

Anonymous said...

KARSWELL, YOU PROMISED ME SEVERAL WEEKS AGO THAT YOU WOULD POST THE STORY 'THE LITTLE PEOPLE'

Karswell said...

>YOU PROMISED ME SEVERAL WEEKS AGO THAT YOU WOULD POST THE STORY 'THE LITTLE PEOPLE'

I apologize, though I don't remember promising anyone anything... if I do have this story I will post it. Hopefully, it wasn't part of a trade batch of comics I parted with recently, if I still have it I will post it soon.

Anonymous said...

kind of spooky and kind of kooky.

Horror pariah said...

Villains who speak in the third person are always fun.

Anonymous said...

Is the artist Bill Elder?

Anonymous said...

Great story...love the panel where he falls into the "black pool of terror!
Thanks for my daily fix!

Mr. Cavin said...

And I want to nominate "Hey! Some Chateau!" as being some of the best page two horror dialog I've seen in recent memory.

Speaking of recent, and on an introductory note, I discovered your blog here back in January, and it has taken me right up until yesterday to finally read it all to the present. Thank you so very much, Karswell, for the massive amount of time and attention you've spent providing this stuff. I love this place.

Maurizio Ercole said...

The color laser print of my studio works every day with this blog! In this great story there is an interesting panels composition.

Karswell said...

Mr Cavin - thanks for writing, I'm always curious to know how many newcomers to this blog actually bother to backtrack the archives. As my free blogspot space dwindles down daily I sometimes contemplate deleting older stories to make some room for the new, but when I get comments like yours it makes me think I should just leave everything up. Thanks again.

Maurizio - you bring up another good point, I'm equally curious as to how people use this blog, saving the pages or printing them out, etc... thanks again for your continued attendance.

>Is the artist Bill Elder?

Doubtful... anyone know for sure?

Anonymous said...

>the white hair that's supposed to be black

you mean the black hair thats supposed to be white.

Karswell said...

>you mean the black hair thats supposed to be white.

That's it!

The Vicar of VHS said...

Another great one. Love the very cinematic angles and shadows--and the use of circular panels on the corners of the pages gives it a weird, dynamic look. Plus, the spinning planets and stars and giant eyes when he's "under her spell"...great!

I gotta wonder about the police captain, though--"Well, every time Countess Tanya dates someone, they disappear! Hmm...quite the mystery!" :)

Dane said...

Oh, I'm another who read every single entry from the beginning. Just to let you know.