Monday, August 25, 2008

Where Mummies Prowl

It’s the final day of Mummy Mondays for August 2008, and today’s madcap museum mystery is simply loads of 50's fun. As you can probably already tell before even reading a single line this one is full of golly gee willicker boys vs. dirty crooks in deadly disguise (no real spoiler there.) So if you’re like me and love the classic, spooky themed antics of stuff from Abbott & Costello, Three Stooges, Bowery Boys, and especially The Little Rascals then you’re going to love this one. (NOTE: Special cameo by Stan Lee as “Daddy Brant.”)

From the September 1953 issue of Man Comics #28











FYI: Bob Brant and the Trouble Shooters appeared in the final three issues of Man Comics, for a grand total of 6 Atlas adventures, all created by Carl Hubbell. If you like this one let me know, and maybe I’ll post another Bob Brant tale next month too.

And for another great mummy tale head on over to Pappy's today by clicking HERE! And don't miss the cool Dick Briefer "Yankee Longago" story he posted yesterday too.

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8 comments:

silvano said...

The style of the art looks remarkably like Paul Campani's (
He was an Italian artist who lived and worked several years in Argentina ), but the story ia sort of "Scooby Doo" episode ; frankly not the kind of stuff that leads me here every day ...
Thanks for sharing anyway

todd said...

I liked the part with the eskimo suit.

joe bloke said...

oh, man! that brings back memories! i used to have a super 8 projector! i remember hiding behind the setee watching Planet of the Apes and Godzilla on the inside of an old cereal box. blimey, i'm getting all teary-eyed. Sniff!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE WHEN YOU MIX IT UP WITH STUFF LIKE THIS, ITS NOT GONNA MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY BUT WHAT DO PEOPLE EXPECT FOR FREE? IT'S ALL GREAT ART AND LIKE YOU SAID TOTAL FUN. THE REASON I COME TO THIS BLOG EVERYDAY IS ABSOLUTELY BECAUSE OF STUFF LIKE THIS.

The Vicar of VHS said...

Oh, this takes me back. Man, I haven't thought of the Ritz Brothers in years! And I always used to catch them on PBS on the weekends...

As for this story, it was a lot of fun. The Vicar's Monday List, comin' up:

*MAN Comics! Ripe for a comeback.

*Splash page--skin-tight mummy wrappings, a skin-tight letterman's sweater on the pubescent boy...waitaminnit, what kind of MAN comics are these? Oh...never mind.

* "It makes bad propaganda!" Propaganda--You're Doin' it Wrong

* "A big exam on heiroglyphics"? In High School? Man, American education HAS gone downhill since the 50s!

* That raccoon is freaking me out.

* The girls are no Betty and Veronica, that's for sure.

* I read the line at the top of p. 4 as "What a spooky A-S-S joint!" I like my version better.

* I love how in stories like this no one ever believes anyone, even when the claim is a reasonable one. "Hey, there's some guy over there in a suit!" "AW, YOU'RE SEEIN' THINGS!"

* I didn't notice the Indian kid till p. 7, and then got smacked with the casual racism on pg. 8. Next time he mouths off, SCALP 'im, Feathers!

* Why is the GUN talking on p. 8?

And finally, the cop's expression and exclamation of horror on the splash is PRICELESS. Not to mention the old, physics-challenged spinning mummy gag.

Lots of harmless fun here, and a blast to read. I wasn't even worried about why the counterfeiters would bother dressing up in all the armor and wrappings when the joint's closed--I bet they get bored while the press is churning out sawbucks.

Fun stuff, K.!

Karswell said...

Well, glad to see some of you are enjoying today's post... love it or hate, this blog is called The Horrors of it All afterall and for a reason. If a story (or bonus bit) even mildly touches on horror themes it will be included here in some shape or another. If I set up rigid guidelines and boundries about what I will/won't/can/can't post at THOIA then it's no fun for me or anyone else anymore. You will see stories like this occasionally here, not all the time, and yes they won't all be winners, but they all will offer a glimpse into the pre-code world of comic book HORROR none the less.

Jeffos said...

Keep up the good work, Karswell - I like the variety. That's what makes THOIA fun.

Humor and horror -- two great tastes that taste great together. And we think we invented pop culture mash-ups in the last 10 years. I kept thinking that if that had been written a few decades later, the kids would have been saying "Zoinks!" and "Jinkies!"

And I wish I had those old 8mm films. I've still got a projector.

The Vicar of VHS said...

Don't sweat it, K! As long is it's not boring (and it never is), it passes the Vicar's Entertainment Test.

As does a certain Russian film soon to be reviewed over at the Vicarage...