Friday, June 20, 2008

The Crawling Horror vs. The Thing Behind the Wall

In this corner weighing in at 2 tons: The Crawling Horror from the May 1952 issue of Mystery Tales #2. And in the other corner weighing in at 68 pounds: The Thing Behind the Wall from the May 1952 issue of Spellbound #3.

This wraps up our look at the great Ogden Whitney, hope you enjoyed it.







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This weekend--- more Dark Mysteries!

9 comments:

Ger Apeldoorn said...

Spellbound wins for me... consistantly the best pre-code Timely horror title, together with Suspense. Both are far better than Menace, in my opinion. Here the ending of the story feel like a Stan Lee joke, even though he signed all of the stories he wrote.

Horror pariah said...

MENACE is my favorite Atlas title,but yeah,Ger,some stories in it did get WAY tounge in cheek and SUSPENSE was the most consistently good.that said,both stories are winners,CRAWLING HORROR is like the gruesome Googam-era story you never got to see,i actually get creeped out by stories about germs and bugs more than i'd ever admit,so it was extra effective.THING BEHIND THE WALL was quite good too even though you see where the "meat" comments are gonna lead.love the dialogue "bet your a big-boy now Johnny!" reminds me of a line by Tor Johnson in a movie i saw once about flying saucers...y'know the kind from up there...plus at least Johnny never ended up starring in a certain stupid Stuart Gordon movie about a castle. my only question is where he went to the bathroom the whole time.

silvano said...

Great double feature ! Especially loved the "Crawling Horror" splash page ; " the thing behind the wall" has one of the subjects used several times by H P Lovecraft ( a normal human being becoming a hideous beast in seclusion ), but done in the fifties way , great artwok here also ...

Thanks !

Anonymous said...

CRAWLING HORROR WINS FOR ME TOO, BUT IT WASN'T A BLOW OUT AS BOTH STORIES WERE GREAT. I ALWAYS GET A LITTLE BUMMED WHEN YOU FINISH AN ARTIST SPOTLIGHT BECAUSE NOW I'M IN WHITNEY MODE AND STILL WANT MORE!! MORE DARK MYSTERIES SOUNDS REAL GOOD THOUGH

Fred said...

Hmmm... something too small to see, something deadly to humans. Make it bigger and more dangerous? GREAT IDEA!! Not.

Reminds me of the Mad Scientist in the Max Fleischer Superman cartoon "The Magnetic Telescope," who, regardless of the warnings and the danger, attracted a dangerous comet TO THE EARTH rather than working on a stronger telescope.

These wacky scientists, they'll be the death of us all.

Xande said...

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Karswell said...

>These wacky scientists, they'll be the death of us all.

Only if we're lucky...

Great comments from everyone this morning, TGIF and all of that. As mentioned, this weekend it's back to the Dark Mysteries weirdness. And then Monday we kick off the Alex Toth Tribute in celebration of his birthday on Wed June 25th. Everyone have a great weekend!

>Chcuk Berry is coming for a show. Very excited!!!

Hail hail rock 'n roll!

Anonymous said...

I call a tie! both are kick ass

Laser Potato said...

THE SQUARE-CUBE LAW (and the concentration of venom) DO NOT WORK THAT WAY!!! >:(
(Sorry, but looking at this through the eyes of someone who's been raised from birth by a biologist makes me kinda biased about this sort of thing.)