Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Skrak's Secret!

Today we begin a 5-day look at one of my favorite Atlas series ever--- Marvel Tales! There’s lots of good stuff lined up (you Atlas haters will just have to sit and stew for a few days), and we kick it off with a perfectly predictable, yet none the less totally fun and demented yarn from oddball Al Eadeh. I'd love to know more about this guy, if anyone knows anything please share.

From the October 1954 issue of Marvel Tales #127





More Al Eadeh HERE!
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11 comments:

Horror pariah said...

Eadeh was a truly obscure artist,odball is RIGHT. I've always been fascinated by his horrifically drawn stories,really nightmarish stuff,perfect for horror comics. I learned his name from Paul Curtis,a sometimes poster on Scans_Daily who reprints black and white Atlas stuff and had a site called ATLAS ADVENTURES AND TIMELY TALES which you linked too,i see,so try him on Livejournal,i really can't find any info on Eadeh either,in fact in one of my first posts here,i pointed out some similarities between him and Al Luster(their villains have awful teeth,heavy inking,the name "Al",etc.)but i misspelled the name and the topic got a bit ugly from then on(i was anonymous),do you have any biographical info/links on Luster?,i'd like to do a comparison,maybe Ger can help.

prof. grewbeard said...

everybody needs Weird-Oh stickers! don't they? i do...

Ger Apeldoorn said...

Very little known on Eadeh here as well, other than the fact that he realy was a seperate artist and all his other work (for Prize and others) was a lot more sedate.

Tenebrous Kate said...

Preictable? Sure! But s prediction for live, freakish models being used by a demented artist is a prediction for AWESOME in my book. It's Pickman-tastic!

Anonymous said...

Seems like another Lovecraft adaptation to me (Pickman's model), but nicely done. What I don#t get though is why Skrag needs to work from living models, when he's able to transform normal human beings into these models, which probably requires some artistic imagination as well (or more simply put: Surprised that the twist revolved around plastic surgery and not real monsters).

The Fortress Keeper said...

Actually, I was expecting the paintings to be of aliens or real monsters myself ... so either the story was less predictable than advertised or I'm a bit dim.

I recognize the fact that the later option is totally possible ...


Anyway, love the story and especially the art! There are Atlas haters out there? Why??

Karswell said...

>There are Atlas haters out there? Why??

I've wondered this many times myself... but they are indeed out there. Doesn't mean they're still not nice people though. Atlas is my all time favorite pre-code publisher so you are definitely gonna see alot of Atlas around here.

Also, I never said "predictable" was a bad thing, of course many of the most predictable stuff you read on this blog probably wasn't predictable back in the day it originated.

FYI: I'm pre-ordering a couple boxes of the Weirdo-Ohs card sets so if anyone is interested in a complete set just drop me a line and I'll let you know how much it's all gonna be. They come out sometime in January.

goblin said...

You have to suspend your disbelief that Andre didn't notice the freaks chained to the wall at all until it was too late.

Anonymous said...

COOL STORY AND THANKS FOR ADDING THE LINK AT THE END, IT WAS FUN REVISITING SOME OF THOSE OLDER EADEH POSTS AGAIN.

I'M TOTALLY IN FOR A SET OF THE WEIRDOS CARDS, I'LL EMAIL YOU.......

Karswell said...

Tomorrow--- prepare to be buried alive!

Dale said...

Well, if y'all want any information about Al Eadeh, I can provide what I know... I'm his grandson, and I stumbled upon this page whilst searching his name on Google.