Sunday, January 4, 2009

Death Has Many Tongues / Curse of the Satania

Wrapping up Avon’s City of the Living Dead one-shot today with the final tale, and this one is from ACG staple Harry Lazarus. I also included this issue's text story afterwards since a few of you have emailed asking me to post them when I do full issues presentations. (You completists can be so demanding!)

Thanks for sticking with me all this week and weekend, and for all the great comments… it’s important here at THOIA to get feedback and to know what you guys like, and/or don’t like.








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Terror of the Skeleton Men (text story)



TOMORROW: Another full issue begins, but this time it’s one that the Comics Code killed back in the 50’s before it ever even had a chance to be published! It’s Adventures into Darkness #15 (and it's not in 3-D either!)

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Curse of the Satania
Don’t run off screaming just yet, here’s a bonus 3-page quickie from ACG to round out your "Evil White Slave Trader Sunday."

From the Sept '52 issue of Adventures into the Unknown #35



15 comments:

oeconomist.com said...

Someone's slavin', god, Kumbayo!
Someone's lyin', god, Kumbayo!
Someone's ravin', god, Kumbayo!
Someone's dyin', god, Kumbayo!

Kumbayo, our god, Kumbayo!
Kumbayo, our god, Kumbayo!
Kumbayo, our god, Kumbayo!
Our god, Kumbayo!

Horror pariah said...

Damn!. Oeconomist beat me to it!. I love the names of the two captains in both stories, it would be cool to be called Captain, but Captain Death and Captain Ferret...I think if i ever father a child i'm going to give him the best of both worlds by naming him Captain Death Ferret!. I'm completely serious. Sorry if i offended anyone yesterday with my Rooster/Lawyer joker and the off-color TOMMY reference. I'll just have to remember to not drink and post ;) .

Lily Strange said...

The slave traders certainly got what they deserved. Interesting commentary on how the witch doctor's request for revenge ended up screwing over his people, though.

blackwalnut2001 said...

Great moral to the second tale; we don't get those too often.

Kumbayo looks more Hindu than African, no?

HP, I've been telling your lawyer joke all day and haven't offended anyone yet. Hell's fart, what's the point of posting if you can't DRINK while doin' it? Fifty-year-old comix go SO much better with Jack Black, doncha know?

And by the bye, I'm sure I remember ANOTHER pre-code story that featured vengeful little heads growing out of some knave's arms, or maybe even his chest. (For all I know, it could be one of those 70s Eerie-brand rehashes of this same story.) Seriously, can anyone tell me what it might be? This will keep me up all night.

Thanks.

AndyDecker said...

Well, that first one was an rather elaborate revenge scheme :-) could have thrown him just as well to the ants.

Still, a nice touch that Captain Death - great name btw - first did threw his cowardly mates into the quicksand. No half measures with Captain Death, no sir!

Kind of a shame though that the print-quality of the second one was so blah. The art surely was better than it looked.

Nice story. Rather graphic for a kid´s comic.

Anonymous said...

WELL THAT WAS A WEIRD DOUBLE HEADER! THE HEADS POPPING UP IN THE FIRST STORY IS THE CRAZIEST IDEA, SOMETHING ABOUT IT REMINDED ME OF THE MANITOU MOVIE.

I THINK I LIKED THE SATANIA STORY A LITTLE BETTER THOUGH, IT WAS SHORT BUT I LOVE STORYS WHERE REVENGE BACKFIRES EVEN ON THE GOOD GUYS.

jpmorgan said...

"Death Has Many Tongues" reminded me of a story I'd read... just found it in "H.P. Lovecraft's Book of Horror, a collection of some of HPL's favorite tales. It includes "Lunkadoo" by Edward Lucas White - wherein an adventurer gets a nasty curse of wizened pygmy heads sprouting from his flesh, despite his repeated attempts to slice them off!

prof. grewbeard said...

Death Tongues was one of the creepiest stories i've read at THOIA. a distant relative to The Manster, for sure. made my skin crawl! AAAH!... JEEZ!

Satania was interesting too. some advice: keep Police and Demons out of your business!

Anonymous said...

very creepy stories today

lesson learned is theres no where to hide on a boat out at sea when a demon is unleashed!!!

todd said...

And by the bye, I'm sure I remember ANOTHER pre-code story that featured vengeful little heads growing out of some knave's arms, or maybe even his chest.

How about the one where the guy's fingers are murderous pirates?

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blackwalnut2001 said...

THANKS to jpmorgan for reminding me of "Lukundoo" by Edward Lucas White. It MUST have served as inspiration for "Death Has Many Tongues."

Here's a link to this great old story at Gaslight (a terrific source for old horror tales; there's no individual link so you'll have to search by author and it'll come up):

http://gaslight.mtroyal.ab.ca/gaslight/

And THANKS to Todd, although I don't know the story he refers to. Sounds like it's worth a search, though.

I also located "Dead Man's Chest," which Karswell posted early last year:

http://thehorrorsofitall.blogspot.com/2008/02/dead-mans-chest.html

But I STILL think that somewhere there's another pre-code story with a bunch of little heads growing out of some guy...

Karswell said...

Glad to see that everyone enjoyed the City of the Living Dead issue... sorry I'm chimming in here so late on the next day but yesterday I was pretty busy. And thanks to everyone and their cool imput on other stories with a similar theme to this Lazarus post, I will definitely keep my eyes peeled for that stuff!

todd said...

Here we go, Black Walnut:

http://www.samuelsdesign.com/comics/pages/crime-horror/sensation109.htm

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