Friday, November 14, 2008

The Man with No Face!

Today we have a man with no face; we’ve also got a story with no art credit! Anyone know who this is? And it may be Friday but don’t forget we still have the entire weekend to go in our look at some of the most chilling entries from Atlas Comics’ Marvel Tales series, and trust me, the best is yet to come!

From the June 1953 issue of Marvel Tales #115








TOMORROW: A pre-code Atlas story--- starring Coffin Joe?!

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8 comments:

Horror pariah said...

Okay,that was scary. Genuinely disturbing too, considering the bad guy wins, oh well good shouldn't triumph all the time. As for the art, i'd be damned if i know, looks like Dick Ayers inked by Maneely and an unusually attentive Colletta, but Maneely never inked others(?)and Colletta was still a penciller at this time and i have no idea when he started being a full-time inker, whoever did do this did a great job at creating a cinematic impression.

todd said...

Every now and then, I remember why some parents got upset.

Sweet dreams!

Ger Apeldoorn said...

all the service scratching makes it more like candidate for Colletta inking... but if I was forced to amke a call I would say it was Fred Kida. He worked for Timely in two periods, one in the early fifties, one later in the decade. I cab's read the job number, but the year makes it all wrong for that. Pretty good art for a period when Stan Lee was susing the bottom of the barrel for his second string books.

prof. grewbeard said...

i like how the faceless men don't even have cheekbones or brows, it's just smooth as a(green)egg!

Coffin Joe? i'm betting you're a proud owner of those Fantoma DVDs.

Mr. Cavin said...

Well, from the evidence along the top of page four, I'd say it's pretty obvious that it's Edward Gorey inking Howard Chaykin. And I'll never ever accept anyone's opinion to the contrary. Chaykin was still pretty good when he was three.

I liked the realistic ending, but I think I would have liked a more comic-booky one better: the attendant helplessly returning to work for the only people who will hire a man without a mouth hole: the evil doctors themselves, who may some day fix him back with the skin of a dead man. Exclamation point.

Anonymous said...

GREAT SPOOKY ENDING, HOSPITALS ARE EERIE DURING THE DAY LET ALONE IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT. LOOKING FORWARD TO TOMORROWS STORY. COFFIN JOE???

AND SUSPIRIA IS AWESOME, I RECOMEND IT TO EVERYONE TO WATCH IT TOO.......

The Vicar of VHS said...

Oh, Karswell, you KNOW if you mention Coffin Joe you'll bring the Vicar out of the rafters!

I really, REALLY dug this one--like Grewbeard said, the no-face effect on the corpses, sans even shading, is weird and surreal in this context. The mouthless patient kind of the same. Doesn't make logical sense, but on a surrealist, dream-logic level, it's freakin' scary!

A few other points of note:

* "There's many a slip between a corpse and the lips!" This was Donner Party Motto.

* I've never heard of a Hack Ambulance before.

* I'm digging the art. Nice shadowy stuff, esp. the newspaper-reading on pg. 2

* Only in comics would the hack ambulance driver break into the mysterious nursing home himself, rather than just calling the authorities. Maybe his license is suspended.

* "Bandaged-Head Weirdies" is now my default insult.

Very cool story today, Karswell! And I'll definitely be back tomorrow for that Coffin Joe...though I suspect a bait and switch...

Karswell said...

Bandaged-Head Weirdies.blogspot is now open for business (just joking.) A fun week comes and goes, with more Mavel Tales on Sat and Sun, including another glimpse into the brilliant mind of Dick Briefer. And next week there's lots more, most notably a full issue of Black Magic featuring The King himself--- Mr Jack Kirby!

TOMORROW: Prepare for Plague! AIEE!