Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Orgy of Death

Today’s Cole masterpiece is more on the "thrilling adventure" side of horror, but it’s all so wild and action packed that I’m positive you’ll still love every second of it. And it’s better than the new Indiana Jones movie that’s for sure…

From the September 1953 issue of Web of Evil #6









11 comments:

silvano said...

Truly a masterpiece , from the title and the ubelievable splash page to the last panel !

Once more , thanks for sharing

Horror pariah said...

"Hurry scum of the earth!","Burner of babies!"...ye cats!!!.i love the cartoons of John K.,but some of his bashing of comic books makes me mad,like when he points out corny dialogue in golden age comics,but....i don't care if dialogue is corny or not,if it's as awesome as the dialogue here i won't complain,hell,modern comics would be 98% more fun if they were as crazily scripted and drawn as this!.and i love how despite the stereotypicalness of the 3 main characters,each is an individual,the nice old uncle turns out to be a complete bastard,the know it all girl was being manipulated the whole time,even the hero is shown to be genuinely concerned for her life,as opposed to being a horn-dog,but he STILL is ruthless and unsympathetic to ALL the natives.that's real characterization,man.add all this to Cole's excellent art,and you have a comic book masterpiece.

Chuck Wells said...

Orgy of Death!

That's how I plan to exit from the mortal plane, fellas.

Cole hits another home run, and unwittingly gives Karswell another opportunity to dis Henry Jones, Jr.

Still, that orgy of death thing's not a bad idea .... now to locate a willing team of cheerleaders.

Anonymous said...

THIS FEELS MORE LIKE COLE SUBBING IN ON AN ACG TALE THAN WEB OF EVIL BUT STILL COMPLETELY AMAZING!! I LIKE HOW THE HERO TALKS TO HIMSELF AS HE TRIES TO PUT HIS PLANS IN MOTION TOWARDS THE END. AWESOME STUFF!

The Vicar of VHS said...

Orgies of death are my second-favorite kind! ;)

This was a lot of fun. Man, dig that purple prose on the splash page. I also love the Roman soldier putting that Phoenician in his place. "Oh yeah? Well you won't be around to see it--BURNER OF BABIES!" Harsh.

This is a lot like a 30s/40s adventure yarn--the "subtle" foreshadowing on the bottom of pg. 3 ("IT CAN'T ERUPT NOW!"); the immediate discovery of the mystery that has eluded archaeologists for years (They're barely off the plane! "I've been seeking this mystery my entire career, with no success...hey, whattaya know, THERE IT IS!"); the intimated relationship strain ("Alan can't understand an archaeologist's excitement...IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.").

I also love Alan's speech. "You ain't heard the news! We've been dis-appointed!" "Skip that, honey!" Solid! I also love the fact that even when sentenced to a burning screaming death, he can still kinda see Uncle Morgan's side: "100 million ain't hay, sister! No wonder he popped his cork!"

Cool stuff. But you know, for some reason I'm guessing Unc Morgan and his brother didn't get along very well...

Fred said...

I loved the exclamation of the native when the Romans were tearing down the idol. "AIEEEE! Moloch save us!"

Made me flash back to the old Jonny Quest episodes. All of the natives, whether in deepest Africa or the Middle East or China, would scream "Aiiieee!" when dispatched violently by the Quest team. It was used in almost every episode.

"AIEEEE!"
"Hadji, what happened?"
"Bandit pooped on the floor and I stepped in it!"

Anonymous said...

excellent story, one of the best ever here.....surprised there arent more comments oh well

Karswell said...

I had a feeling you guys would lap up that "burner of babies" line. But yeah, all 'round great tale here, maybe if it had delivered a little more "orgy" as the title implied there'd be more comments? It's sometimes hard to pin point what works best around here with all yooz.

Anyway, one more Jack Cole story to go for tomorrow as promised, and yes it's a HORROR story... actually I have two stories for you tomorrow, the other is a fun Charlie Chan tale with some spooky elements. A couple other blogs besides THOIA have been promoting the 'Asian Images in Film' fest on TCM this month so I thought I'd reinforce the theme with a Chan Clan classic (try saying that 10 times fast!)

The Eggplant said...

I love the splash, but the rest felt like one long, herky-jerky chase scene. A mummy would have been nice.

Chuck Wells said...

Hey, eggy, jump on over to that Chan adventure and Mr. Karswell will provide one convenient mummy to fulfill your request.

Jeffos said...

How does anything become "ever more omniverous"? It widened its range of acceptable foods? "Now I think I'll eat bananas! Hey, I realized I like to eat giraffes!"

I think he meant "voracious"?

I like the way they all still dress up like Phoenecians from 3,000 years ago.