Saturday, August 9, 2008

The Devil is a Dame!

If you were left a little ho-hum last week about Purple Claw Saturdays in August, this story should turn you around to the idea, being a much better representation of the wild things to come. Anyone know anything about Ben Brown and/or David Gantz? They’re such a phenomenal pencil / ink team on this series.

Originally presented in the Jan '53 issue of The Purple Claw #1.








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PLUS! An eerie Hand of Fate bonus quickie!

12 comments:

todd said...

With a pretty lady and lurid violence, who cares if it makes sense? Besides, the good guy wins, so shoot 'em if you got 'em.

What drugs do you reckon they were on in January 1953?

Anonymous said...

AWESOME. BUT I LIKED LAST WEEKS STORY TOO.

Tenebrous Kate said...

Ahhh the days before Women's Lib! She's Queen of the frikkin' Underworld, but she STILL gets pegged as a "Gangster's Moll."

Patrick said...

"I take you now to a chamber of horrors from which no man has ever returned"

"I'm ready lead on."

Man, The Purple Claw had balls of ice!

Thanks for the post on Jack Kamen's death also- I loved his work and he will be missed for sure!

The Vicar of VHS said...

But Kate, she was obviously pulling the strings, just like Bela in Glenn or Glenda. Well, maybe not just like that. But they both strike out in Angora!

Hrm.

As to the tale, a nice one here with some great, horny cheesecake! That Brima Stone (rhymes with "Shoulda Known") sure is one Hot Tomato! I'm in love with her Crazy-Face at the bottom-center of p1...and her rising from the flames the next panel..and waking up in bed on p2...

Lug just doesn't get it, though, the big...erm...lug. "Stop strokin' that gat, Brima!" NO BRIMA! DON'T STOP! DON'T EVER STOP!

'Course when the gun is a Satan-spawned demon bent on protecting you, I guess the least you can do is STROKE IT.

Is anyone else humming Billy Squier? No? Okay, moving on...

P. 3: "Am I going nuts, or am I really smelling the stench of brimstone?" Oops...guess Brima has that "not-so-fresh" feeling...

Also, they're in Metropolis? They need to get Supes on this shit.

Nice gory brain-hole for Lug's ghost, and another great monster crowd scene on p.5! I'm sensing a theme here...

The Purple Claw is a weird character though...how does he go to the bathroom? ("Very carefully..." ba-DUMP.) And is it my imagination, or has he copied Brima's "horn-flip" hairstyle at the end?

Cool stuff for a lazy Saturday, K!

Dane said...

Initially, I thought the title was "the Devil is a Dane" (hey my eyesight isn't what it used to be) and I took a moment's umbrage. Why how dare you, sir!

I like how he mentions "the white tomb spiders" in passing, like the existence of these giant nasties (whose day job I'm afraid I can easily figure out) is something everyone's aware of. Brrr.

Guess I'm feeling parenthetical today.

Mr. Cavin said...

...white tomb spiders...

And speaking of that, what the hell does that claw actually do again? I've read, like, three and a half of these stories and I'm still not sure. Apparently he can, you know, fight his way through toads and leeches and bugs and other pests with it.

Apparently it fits easily back in his pocket when he's done with it.

It seems like everyone but everyone has already heard of it ("Oh, it's you who wears the Purple Claw. Of course!").

And it won't ever, never ever, do any evil (you remember "do no evil." That's the monkey with the chastity glove). Too bad too because dame horns are pretty hot stuff.

Karswell said...

I knew everyone would dig this Purple Claw adventure better than last weeks... but you know origins and all that biz need to be estabbed. And no better place than right from the beginning.

Next Saturday see The Purple Claw takes on--- The Giant From the Tomb!

And be here tomorrow for more delicious dame probs. Hmmm, didn't realize it but I guess I have a wicked weird womens theme going on here this weekend.

Horror pariah said...

I prefer my demon gals with a bit more "monster" in 'em;fangs,horns,crimson skin,tails,hooves,forked tounges,pointed ears,etc.,still i loved this story,got no problems with recurring heroes as i said before.

todd said...

(whose day job I'm afraid I can easily figure out)

That's the first time I've seen "whose" used correctly in ages. Right on!

AndyDecker said...

You have to love those implications :-)

Metropolis, a cesspool of coruption. You see theft, murder, a fistfight ... and a threesome? Lol.

Dane said...

Todd - I have an English degree. :)