Monday, September 1, 2008

You Can’t Cheat a Ghost

September is here. Start of a new month and as was used to be the norm we’d kick things off with a full issue. So here comes the January 1953 issue of Strange Mysteries #9 in its entirety for the next four days, overflowing with zombies, skeletons, furry fiends and today’s choice cut o’violent ghost pirates and a bloody good splash.

“Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of died horribly…” ?!!










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And since school officially starts for many of you tomorrow, here’s a “Tacky” Public Service Announcement, from Crown Comics #8 (courtesy of Brian Hirsch!) Stay in school, fools!

13 comments:

Dane said...

I have only two words about that splash panel: Um, DAMN.

silvano said...

As you say , a bloody good splash page ; the ghost pirates story pretty much sums up all the pre-cose genres : really cool stuff !
Thanks for sharing

Tim Tylor said...

“Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of died horribly…”
The aftershave for madmen!

Mr. Cavin said...

This is one of my favorite splash panel patterns: stuffing some bloody horror right into my face that the later narrative will go on to act all coy about. It's really brilliant because it leaves me totally surprised by the graphic neck stabbing on the last page.

Art-wise, I'm iffy on this one. The actual drawing is often quite effective (and less often pretty clean), but the paneling actually began to get on my nerves. I never like things like too many circles or wavy panes or whatever. When used properly, this break with tradition can have a dramatic effect (like with the previously mentioned neck stabbing), but usually they just make me wonder why the artist has decided to employ a new approach--maybe the guy was bored?--and of course that means I'm no longer thinking about the story.

todd said...

Short and simple, but mighty spooky.

Anonymous said...

WOW THATS SOME SPLASH AND THERE ARE SOME REALLY REALLY EXCELENT MOMENTS THROUGHOUT TOO. I ACTUALLY LIKE THOSE CIRCLE PANELS BUT THATS JUST ME.

FUNNY TACKY AD TOO.....NO KID THE WORLD WOULD EVER THINK THAT THOUGH!!!

wolfkahn said...

Gotta hand (*cough*) it to you, you find some good one. Love the splash pannel!

Karswell said...

Morning everyone, and Happy Labor Day (Happy "Labour" Day to those narth of the barder.) If you've noticed today's story does not have a GCD link in the intro it's because I haven't been able to get the site to work since I began creating today's post.

Anyone else experiencing any technical difficulites with it? http://comics.org

Anonymous said...

gcd comes up but nothing happens when putting in the info for a search

seems like this site is always messed up

cool story today
thanks

The Fortress Keeper said...

Gahhhh. That is a bloody good splash.

That's why I make it a point never to @##$ around with ghost pirates.

Tim Tylor said...

"The Flaming Pirate" sounds to me like the name of some outrageously camp character.

All that phosphorus can't be good for the complexion.

Karswell said...

Okay, GCD is working now... all links have been inserted.

Flaming Pirate still flaming.

Emby Quinn said...

I have to say, I've been a longtime fan of horror comics (we're talking decades here) and I've seen a lot of stuff, including some Filipino stuff that was pretty damn out there.

But that splash page made me sit back and blink for a sec.

Well chosen tale there, Kars.