Monday, January 5, 2009

Death Dives Deep

The rarities continue, (and no, you're not color blind!) In 1954, Standard Comics had the entire 15th issue of Adventures into Darkness practically completed, but with the Comics Code snarling down their backs they apparently felt the need to cease production of their fab line of horror titles, (including The Unseen, Out of the Shadows etc...) The stories you’ll read this week starting today remained surpressed for 30+ years until October 1985, when Eclipse Comics bought the rights to reprint them in their cool Three-Dimensional Seduction of the Innocent #1 issue.

BELOW: the intended cover for Adventures into Darkness #15.



So, for the next 3 days you’ll be seeing the entire “lost” issue of Adventures into Darkness #15 here at THOIA --minus color and the distracting 3-D process. (Special mention goes to Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. and his original summery about this issue in SOTI 3-D #1.)

I hope you enjoy this stuff!






TOMORROW: More Adventures into Darkness #15!

+++++++++++++++++++++++
BONUS Filler




Also, does anyone know if these pages were ever colored? I’ve only seen them in the 3-D format. Also, visit the Comic Book Catacombs today for a THOIA submitted tale from Weird Thrillers #3 featuring a mermaid, a monster, and lots of undersea action! It’s--- Princess of the Sea!

13 comments:

Horror pariah said...

Drowning that far down underwater is one of the most unpleasant ways to die i can think of, so that panel of the water gushing into the helmet really worked. Really nice to discover somenthing "lost" and have it be this good, hopefully LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT and the Conrad Veidt version of DR. JEKYLL will be as good if they ever turn up in some 70 year old trash heap in Shang Ri La. I also gotta admit the fact that the skeletons still have hair is really funny to me for some reason.

blackwalnut2001 said...

What a great discovery! Of course, the ending to this tale should surprise no one, but sometimes it ain't where you're going, but how you get there, and Fawcette's art is stark and effective. And it's always a treat to see a lost story -- or a whole issue -- resurrected. Thanks!

AndyDecker said...

Nice art. And an effective story.

I don´t want to know how much material was scrapped at this time.

Tim Tylor said...

"Certain evil cults still practise a blood ritual involving human sacrifice..." No names, telephone numbers or contact addresses? Sheesh! And I never understood these "lucky" rabbit's feet - they clearly didn't work for the rabbits.

Nice main story - no plot surprises, but some neat art. I love that sneaky eye on page 2.

Chuck Wells said...

HP, I thought that I had read a few months back, where a supposedly intact copy of London After Midnight had been found a year or so ago under it's former European release name.

Anybody else hear this?

Anonymous said...

KARSWELL UNEARTHS ANOTHER GEM! WHAT A CRIME THAT AN ENTIRE COMIC BOOK SAT UNPUBLISHED FOR ALL THOSE YEARS, BUT IT ONLY MAKES THIS ISSUE THAT MUCH COOLER. I LOVE THE TOTH INFLUENCED STYLE FROM STANDARD COMICS. I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THE OTHER STUFF THIS WEEK! AND THANKS FOR NOT POSTING THIS IN 3D TOO........

Kitty LeClaw said...

THOIA readers can sink their claws into That Stray Cat when I post it sometime this evening before bedtime! Of course, this is assuming I haven't gone on a nic fit-induced killing spree, instead.

Resolution schmesolution. This gum tastes like BUTTS!!!

Horror pariah said...

Chuck, i know EXACTLY what you are talking about. It was apparently a ridiculously elaborate publicity stunt by some little known horror forum (that is most well known for vomiting on copies of RUE MORGUE magazine and pissing on various horror stars graves.) called "The Horror Drunx". Multiple threads on Ain't it Cool news and the CHFB debunked it until members of the board started trolling their forums. The guy who wrote the article seems like a nice enough guy, but he also claims to be the grandson of Max Schreck and to be the founder of the first ever horror rock band, i honestly believe the guy is actually F. Gwynplaine Macintyre, an internet humorist who claims to have seen lost films, his reviews litter IMDB. Whatever the case, the guy who wrote the article claims he found the print in a warehouse, then lost it again(????!!), so even if it's true or not true, the flick remains lost.

Anonymous said...

never heard of this lost issue, how cool thanks

Shawn said...

Great stuff! The solid blacks in that art looks great!

Karswell said...

Hope everyone enjoyed the first peek into this lost issue of Adventures into Darkness (don't forget to check out Kitty's blog too for another great "tail" as well!) Tomorrow Meskin and Roussos show us how it's done!

Thanks again for all the great comments today, we should definitely hold the "lost films" discussion for another time... London After Midnight is something that I'm sure many of you have much to talk about, I know I do!

anchun said...

Dear,
I would like to introduce a very good company, electronic products dealer.
I have bought some products from company,the price was very cheap,and the products are very good quality!They accept paypal, credit card transactions,bank transfers,and more.Just have a look at this web page : www.nike-airyeezy.com
I am sure you will could save a lot of money!
Best regards!
web: www.victoriawear.com
victoria wear,
victoria secret,
hot sexy wear,
sexy costumes,
sexy costume,
Sexy lingerie,
sexy wear,
sexy Costume,
Sexy uniform,
Sexy women underwear,
Women Sexy Lingerie,
Roleplaying clothing,
discount sexy wear

Mestiere said...

Since the action is happening off the coast of Colombia, does that mean that "Remon Tamarro" is Colombian? Because Remon is a French version of Raymond and tamarro is Italian slang for a rude person. Somebody mixed his Latins. I'm reminded of this alarming portrayal of Italians on Wonder Woman.