Sunday, August 17, 2008

Postmark: Graveyard

Here’s a lovely little Sunday shocker full of pathetic characters doing pathetic things to one another for pathetic reasons. This is also your last chance to get in a trial practice lyrical run before the start of the next THOIA Lyrics Challenge Contest which kicks off tomorrow, Monday the 18th! Start warming up NOW!

From the March 1954 issue of Strange Mysteries #16




9 comments:

Horror pariah said...

Brilliant in it's own little way....but the dead-letter punnery,the colorist's mistake when she stupidly calls him "darling" when he's made it clear he's through with her(a literal blond moment),it's just so cracktastic!(i've invented a word!).more!.

Mr. Cavin said...

Yeah, this is a great psychological thriller plot. Good noir. That has to be the most bizarrest ass splash panel narration I've ever read, too. My favorite panel is the one with the eyes coming out of the marsh. It might have been a little more terrifying without the cartoon eyebrows. It's as if undead Betty Boop is rising from the boggy depths....

Actually, now that I think about it, that's plenty terrifying.

todd said...

This was perfect up until the last panel. My favorite part was where she read the first letter and turned into Smurfette.

Anonymous said...

COOL STORY, THIS WOULD'VE MAKE A GOOD EPISODE ON HITCHCOCK OR TWILIGHT ZONE. I DONT UNDERTSAND WHY TODD THINKS THE LAST PANEL WAS NO GOOD THOUGH?

silvano said...

Well thought thriller ; not exactly my favourite kind of pre-code story ( I rather go with the weirdest and wackiest ), but all in all , good stuff ,
Thanks for sharing
PS - as for the lyrics , my entry is a song from little known band of the late eighties early nineties UNCLE SAM "Letter From London"

Karswell said...

>song from little known band of the late eighties early nineties UNCLE SAM "Letter From London"

Silvano! I am shocked by this song choice. I know this band very very well and always thought I was the only one who remembered them. Their "Heaven or Hollywood" album sits comfortably in my top 20 favorite underground albums of all time (sounds like a lost Alice Cooper release in my opinion.) I still have it on import vinyl too, it's one of the prize possessions in my record collection and contains the original razor blade vagina cover art. Awesome band.

Dane said...

Oh, that was a good one. I couldn't stop clicking through the pages as fast as I could.

Tim Tylor said...

I think this is a bit of a tongue-in-cheek number: those soul-searing spectral eyebrows, the "Dark And Stormy Night" opening lines, and the white-hot intensity of the female lead's overacting. Am I right in thinking that Mr. Ridge has a portrait of himself above his desk?

silvano said...

I didn't even know the "Hollywood" LP existed ; I have the "Letter from London" and my favourite "Fourteen women , Fifteen Days" , which features my favurite US song : "Caretaker" ( it actually sounds like an Alice Cooper tune ).These records were released in a time when I almost stopped buying music for some years ,since when I returned to buy records I bought nearly only vintage vynils and/or reprints of old stuff I'm quite misinformed about what happened to rock'n'roll after 1991 or so ...