Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Terror in the Night / Ads (Part 3)

This one crams in two beauties for the price of one, plus all kinds of fetish faves: fishnet stockings, smoking, berets, and sailors (hey, I didn’t say they were MY fetishes), and the icing on the cake--- a sinister strangulation and an axe murder panel or two--- whew! “Superior” is right.

From the January 1953 issue of Journey into Fear #11











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EVEN MORE ADS (Part 3)
Hey kids, now you too can draw half naked women! No Lessons! No Talent! No Problem! Here’s how!


17 comments:

todd said...

Funny you should say so: when I first read this, I was thinking there were innuendos here that had not even been invented yet. Sick puppy, this one.

Tim Tylor said...

I like the choice of an abstract picture for the opening splash - so many of these comics seem hellbent on giving away their Big Shock with a huge spoiler on page one. And some great layouts too, look at page three (and not just the top-left bit...)

T. R Xands said...

I'm trying Lotray's approach to painting next time. Without the getting caught and what not.

Something about the legs hanging off the panel I think is just great...and who told about my Beret-wearing French Girl In Fishnets fetish? Entertaining story from beginning to end, and I love the "talent test" ads.

The Vicar of VHS said...

"Somehow I don't feel a bit gay!"

That's what they all say, sailor, at the beginning... ;)

The tale is very straightforward, none of the last-minute twists that have been a staple in these comics (ha!), but the fantastic cheesecake and the excellent art more than make up for it.

And I for one hope that fishnets-with-ankle-bows come back into style. Ooo-la-la!

You forgot one in your list of fetishes, though, Karswell--that girl on the splash page showing the leg is obviously deceased. Necro, anyone?

Anonymous said...

SUPERIOR REALLY TOOK IT TO THE LIMIT EH? ANOTHER PACKED POST WITH GREAT LAY OUTS AND OF COURSE THE LOVELY LADIES!!

I ALWAYS IMAGINED THOSE 'YOU CAN DRAW TOO' ADS LIKE THESE PROBABLY ANNOYED REAL ARTISTS WHO WORKED IN COMICS.

Karswell said...

Necros, bare feet, phallic knives, now we're talking! How about on the very last page, panel 4, the symbolic placement of the erect gun bewteen Pierre and the girl as they struggle... the look on his face is priceless, like he was caught with his pants down.

"You fools! You've spoiled everything!"

Tenebrous Kate said...

Zounds! The only thing that could make this Frenchier would be if the dame de la nuit was carrying a baguette and a bottle of red wine.

From the comic: "I will light a thousand of your cigarettes if you will pose for me but once!" I wish I had thought to use that line when *I* was in art school. Smooooooth...!

Anonymous said...

so far this week you've done nothing but offend my common sense of decency and degrade women.
more please!!

Jeffos said...

As noted, the creepy needle is in the red zone on this one. Maybe this is "groopy" -- gruesome and creepy?

And 'Cecile la Mondex'? Now that's French!

"The wine is very heady."
"I want to capture you in the spirit of gay abandon."
"Never have I felt this way."

I wonder if something took place between panels 3 and 4 -- perhaps involving "naked terror."

And I'd be interested to know how he got rid of the bodies so quickly that he was able to kill three people in one night.

Great story.

Karswell said...

>offend my common sense of decency and degrade women. more please!!

Uh... your welcome? Actually, where did I degrade a woman? I may have degraded an inanimate plastic doll or two recently but no womens, I tells ya!! No womens!!!

>"groopy" -- gruesome and creepy?

How about Cruesome? Sounds like a Motely Crue fan though I suppose...

Zen Wizard said...

I wonder why he never painted the old ladies next door?

The Vicar of VHS said...

Forgot to mention: yet another good role for Steve Buscemi in this one. :)

Horror pariah said...

Oo la la...

Maurizio Ercole said...

Fantastic, I love the fist panel... and the characters are totaly weirdo! Also in Italy, when I was child I seen the "draw the first dayd" AD. Thanks Karswell for this great post!

Pappy said...

Wait! Did the fishnet-wearing hooker actually say, "I don't make friends with strangers in the dead of night"? Suuuuurrrre you don't, sweetie.

AndyDecker said...

Did the audience at the time really didn´t understand what they read there?

Great story. Great dialogue. "But what girl would do such a dangerous rask? Especially a beautiful girl? - My wife!" LOl. Sure. Nobody would murder an ugly girl.

Mr. Cavin said...

Terrors in the niiiiight,
Exchanging glances...