Sunday, November 23, 2008

Devil Claws / Brainstorm

Another gruesomely choice selection from Brian Hirsch rounds out our weekend, this time from the January 1953 issue of Horrific #3. I don’t have many issues from this series but what I do have does not include this style of artwork which closely resembles the Iger Shop output. Anyone know what’s up here? Were they pulling double time with Comic Media and Farrell / Superior?








Thanks again to Brian Hirsch for the great stories this weekend, everyone give him… uh… a… big... hand…

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BRAINSTORM

Want to see your THOIA host Karswell murder a half dozen or so people in the span of a six-page black and white comic book story from 1991? Well then look no further than HERE, as Princess Kitty LeClaw graciously posts this infamous SPLATTER #1 story created by my friend Guy Burwell and starring me and my longtime chum Todd Hignite as two writers “brainstorming” murder ideas for a story. It’s loaded with graphic violence, foul language, long hair, and is definitely not for the kiddies... but please do take a look and let us know what you think.

And another big special thanks to Killer Kittens From Beyond the Grave for posting it!

14 comments:

Kitty LeClaw said...

> It’s loaded with graphic violence, foul language, long hair, and is definitely not for the kiddies...

Which is why it was the purrrrrrfect story for KKFBTG!! Shape-shiftin' killer kittens iz no holds barred!!

Can't get over how the dialogue is so dead-on you. Totally.

Mr. Cavin said...

I (Mad) love stories like this. This one does the others one better with the hands coming off, I guess, on their own at the end. In the movies, I always marveled at the logic (Orlac thereof) employed: that a murderer's hands would control the whole arms, even the whims, of the transplantee. At least here it's intimated that disembodied hands can actually fly.

AndyDecker said...

Nice one. That it was a sympathetic guy who wanted the new hands only added to the impact.

Must have been a true freak accident if it cost him both hands and the girlfriend didn´t get a scratch.

Emby Quinn said...

Must have been a true freak accident if it cost him both hands and the girlfriend didn´t get a scratch.

I guess her airbag was working and the car had that razor-edged horizontal steering wheel that was so trendy in the 1950s. XD

This reminds me of something I saw on TV once...I know the "maimed pianist gets a hand transplant from a murderer" theme was used more than once, though, wasn't it?

El Abuelito said...

Marvelous new version of "Orlac´s hande", "Mad love" and "Hands of a stranger", with a more explicit sense of violence...
Good!

Anonymous said...

GOOD ONE, BRUTAL ABRUPT ENDING. YOU COULD PROBABLY DO A WHOLE WEEK OF SEVERED HAND STORIES FROM THE PRE CODE ERA.

THERE WAS ALSO THE MOVIE CALLED THE HAND STARRING MICHAEL CAINE AND DIRECTED BY OLIVER STONE. IT GOT REALLY BAD REVIEWS BUT I DONT THINK ITS A TERRIBLE FILM, AND IT HAS A COOL TWIST ENDING.

Dane said...

Reading Brainstorm left me with a strange urge to give you a big hug. C'mere, killer!

Karswell said...

The severed hand tale is one that has been told many many times in a variety of film and lit.... it's time for some metal bands to write some songs about it now me thinks!

>Reading Brainstorm left me with a strange urge to give you a big hug.

Haha, yes this is definitely one of my most huggable performances. Thanks Dania... and thanks for bothering to read it and comment on it too!

And another big killer hug goes out to the killerest of all kittens for posting it... thanks again Shari!

TOMORROW: Ever read a story about a killer wig? You will...

Anonymous said...

>Anyone know what’s up here? Were
they pulling double time with >Comic Media and Farrell / Superior

Yes, Iger Shop did do some stuff for Comic Media (not much, but a little) as well as for Ajax/Farrell and Superior (and tons of non-horror publishers of course).

Farrell and Superior were, as far as I know, completely unrelated. Superior was based in Canada while Farrell was in New York - though they both used Iger Shop art).

Farrell and Comic Media, on the other hand, apparently had some kind of relationship. Farrell reprinted a handful of Comic Media stories (with different titles) and Dearfield Publishing is listed as one of the owners in the ownership statement of both companies. Comic Media, however, had its own artists (Rudy Palais, Don Heck, Max Elkin, Al Tewks etc) some of whom would sign their stories.

Iger Shop artists almost never signed their stuff and most of the horror artists are unknown (other than a few like Robert Hayward Webb, Joe Doolin, Carl Burgos etc - and of course, Matt Baker, but he was primarily a non-horror artist).
Jay Disbrow, of Star Publications fame, started at Iger and wrote a very short book about it that was reprinted in an issue of Alter Ego a few years back.

- Anti-Atlas Guy

Anonymous said...

The artwork is reminiscent of Al Feldstein.

Zen Tiger said...

Very cool stuff - and great blog! Ill add you to my list too!

Todd Franklin said...

Cool seeing this again. I picked up this issue of Splatter back in college. Who knew that I was reading about the great Karswell almost 20 years before I started reading his blog.

Karswell said...

>Who knew that I was reading about the great Karswell almost 20 years before I started reading his blog.

Haha, thanks Todd!

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