Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Demon Coat

The idea of a demon coat sounds about as scary as a pair of demon mittens, but what is actually very scary in this story is the mummy! Will ya look at that thing!! With its grotesque skull face and ancient bandages blowing around madly from some unseen demonic wind, that has to be one of the best illustrated mummies in all of comicdom. Now who the hell is responsible for the big blue diaper on the red demon though? Demon diaper!!!

From the June 1954 issue of Web of Evil #15







15 comments:

Anonymous said...

THAT IS A WILD LOOKING MUMMY, VERY TERRIFYING. THE STORY ISN'T SO BAD EITHER. THE STORY OF A CURSED COAT IS ACTUALLY NOT BAD, THOUGH IT'S SO SILLY LOOKING I CAN'T IMAGINE WHY ANYONE WOULD WANT TO WEAR IT!

The Vicar of VHS said...

Municipal regulations save yet another life! We all owe a debt of gratitude to bureaucrats for saving us from a fate worse than death!

Of course if it weren't for those #@$%!@ good Samaritans, our protagonist would have been perfectly safe. Dude, get some iron pills next time.

I agree about the great art, though I couldn't help giggling at the top right panel of page 3 when the wife goes all Medusa-skull on him. I thought that was how she always looked before she got her face on! Also, the entwined brontosauruses on the coat are a nice touch. More like "loversauruses"!

Oh, I need coffee.

Anonymous said...

So what's scarier too you? The mummy or the terrible design of the coat? The final panel is an insult to the fashion tastes of morgue attendants the world over.

Chuck Wells said...

The Demon Coat was a terrific story, Karswell Man that Web of Evil comic sure had some cool stuff within its misbegotten pages.

In the event that I might outlive you, you should probably leave these gems to me in your will.

What? You think i'm kiddin'?

BBOW73 said...

At first I thought this was going to be the story of the people trapped in the arctic with one fur coat that was alive and reduced the wearer to a shiny skeleton.

But this was a cool story too.

Horror pariah said...

Wow.this is a great case of execution saving a silly concept,and i agree about the mummy,brrr.as for the demon's diaper,well,now you know why demons are always swapping kids with humans in those changeling stories.

Karswell said...

Glad everyone enjoyed today's story, it seems the mummy was a huge hit over the coat. One more to go tomorrow from Web of Evil #15!

>"loversauruses"!

Good grief Vicar, that's easily the 12th time you've said "loversauruses" this week. Enough!

>The final panel is an insult to the fashion tastes of morgue attendants the world over.

Some say he pulled the coat out of the fire later anyway after his assistant went on lunch break. He's still running around screaming about demons and stuff but eh, he's a morgue attentdant so it's likely he's seen alot of weird shit.

> you should probably leave these gems to me in your will.

You'll just have to come to the old house up on the hill for the reading of the will like everyone else Chuck, just don't sit too close to any sliding panels, trap doors, or light switches.

>people trapped in the arctic with one fur coat that was alive

That's actually not a bad idea Brian... maybe after you finish Meta Tribes you can start on that one. Let's call it--- FEAR COAT!

>now you know why demons are always swapping kids with humans in those changeling stories.

Damnit HP, kids are scary enough, you just had to mention changlings didn't ya!!

zen wizard said...

What I Learned Today:

It's okay to leave your dead wife's corpse on the ship's deck, if you have really important research to do.

Karswell said...

>It's okay to leave your dead wife's corpse on the ship's deck

Yeah, the page 5 panel 3 narrative should read:

"Abandoning his wife's corpse on deck for the seagulls to consume, Burke quickly slips into the ship's library."

It's also quite conveniant that a ship's library would contain books on ancient legends and lore of Egypt. Last time I was on a ship I was lucky to find a copy of National Geographic more recent that '83.

Anonymous said...

great blog, will be back

todd said...

Those comments are the best part of it.

The Vicar of VHS said...

>>Good grief Vicar, that's easily the 12th time you've said "loversauruses" this week. Enough!

Can I help it if sauropods is SEXY? :)

Dr.Phibes said...

I've heard of a death napkin.

Karswell said...

>I've heard of a death napkin.

Last seen waded up in the backseat of the haunted jeep.

Sven said...

Good Job! :)