Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Final Horror

Appropriately enough, today’s story is called The Final Horror, and it marks the final Purple Claw mystery of August. Hope you enjoyed the brain hurting exploits of one of pre-code comic’s earliest ongoing enemies of the supernatural. Next month you can expect another Lance Storm classic, maybe even a chilly appearance by Sergeant Spook, and some more creepy fun from Bob Brant and the Trouble Shooters. Have a great weekend everyone… and wow, Monday is already September!

From the May 1953 issue of The Purple Claw #3







16 comments:

Horror pariah said...

Seargent Spook?wow,that's some REAL old stuff from the '40's,i just know it'll be fun.

Tim Tylor said...

Not bad at all. :) It's maybe a little corny, but I like the idea of a superhero taking on a real-world monster in his own mystical mode. And pretty good art, catching the right note of dreamy sordidness.

todd said...

It seems like he could have hit people over the head with The Purple Claw until they stopped drinking or whatever else they were doing.

joe bloke said...

top drawer! that was way cool.

Mr. Cavin said...

I remember this After School Special! My favorite part is when Dr. Weir used the claw to "join" Bill in his drunken "torment". Better than beerbells, that claw.

I guess I'll have to remain on the fence about the artwork in these, since I'm still sitting there. Sometimes it is just great, but often I feel like I'm looking at the rough draft. In any event, the stories are always so mind bending that I love reading them.

I am gratified that my favorite thing about the series persists in this latest installment: no matter what situation the claw is needed, someone will always gasp: "it's the Purple Claw!" the second Dr. Weir puts it on. Imperial Balkans? Check. Basemen Scientists? Check. Hell, even skid row junkies know the claw when they see it.

silvano said...

Altough the ending was bit predictable the story's great and the artwork top notch .
Thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

I REALLY LIKED THESE PURPLE CLAW STORIES. HE'S NO DR STRANGE BY ANY STRETCH BUT THE ARTWORK IS AS FUN AND SKETCHY AS THE ACTION........SO LONG DR WEIR!

Anonymous said...

Given the tendency towards depicting bald men as bad guys in these stories (3 out of the 5 -- even the Death Flower itself was a bald guy!) you have to wonder what the creative team of "The Purple Claw" is trying to say. Or maybe you don't.

Karswell said...

Purple Claw seemed the perfect Saturday morning story... brainless and fun. It's pretty dead around here at THOIA on weekends anyway so this type of thing is ideal for posting for you die hards. Next month I'll probably reserve Saturdays to more stuff like this, (like the other characters mentioned in today's intro: Lance Storm, Bob Brant etc...)

TOMORROW: Brian Hirsch raises some Hell!!

Andrea Teodorani said...

Thanks for all these great horror stories!

Jeffos said...

Wow. They don't cover that in AA.

The Purple Claw is so ridiculously over the top that I can't help loving it. Is there anything the Claw can't do? Super-human hearing? The ability to enter another person's conscious? Directional guidance? Tearing a guy's brain apart? FTW?

You know what would be awesome? A remake of Indiana Jones featuring the Purple Claw vs. the Ark of the Covenant. No telling what would happen - probably it would rip apart the space-time continuum.

And it still bothers me that the claw inexplicably moves from hand to hand. Is it a universal fit model, can it change shape at will, or what?

Anonymous said...

Nothing to do with the Purple Claw, but it is worth noting that today is Mary Shelley's birthday.

The Fortress Keeper said...

I'll miss the Purple Claw.

Maybe he opened a rehab clinic after retiring from the ghost-busting biz.

oeconomist.com said...

The Claw needs to decide on a hand — left or right — and stay on it.

Mr. Cavin said...

Yeah. rarely is this more thrillingly egregious than page four where the Claw changes hands an amazing four times in six panels. This is almost a perfect non-continuity score, since there would be no way to have it change position more than five times.

It's okay though. Because in that one panel (number five) where the illustrator forgets to accidentally switch the claw hand, Dr. Weir has inexplicably removed the device altogether--only to put it back on (the other hand) in the very next frame. Nice.

Or actually, maybe he's wearing it on his foot....

The Vicar of VHS said...

I want to see a relaunch of the Purple Claw.

Maybe in his first new adventure her could help David Duchovny with HIS little 'problem'...