Friday, January 23, 2009

Devil Will Get You if You Don’t Watch Out

Bernard Baily sells his soul for rock ‘n roll with today’s Time Machine Flash Forward tale, from the March 1974 issue of Witching Hour #40. Plus, the usual assortment of 70’s ads as well as a silly one-pager gag from the always great Manak.







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16 comments:

Horror pariah said...

Good story. Did Bailey ever get to draw the Spectre again?.

Ger Apeldoorn said...

As Ken Quatro told me when I did that, you are confusing Bernard Baily with Ray Bailey. Bailey worked as an assistant to Milt Caniff in the early forties, after which he tried a couple of newspaper strips of his own. One of those is up at my blog today. After that, he probably returned to Caniff and did assorted comic book assignments in a style that holds midway between this generic style shons here and a sharper style that is sometimes mistaken for the work of Mort Meskin at DC (I have him in Gangbusters) and Harvey (he was in some of their late fifties sf books).

Chuck Wells said...

This "Witching Hour" story was cool. I don't think I caught it on the first go round, but I'm glad to see it here.

Karswell said...

>you are confusing Bernard Baily with Ray Bailey.

It says Bernard Bailey in the splash credit Ger... or are you talking to HP?

Anonymous said...

Or maybe he's confusing him with George Bailey of Bedford falls, the richest man in town!

Anonymous said...

COMIC BOOK STORIES FROM THIS ERA ABOUT MUSIC IN GENERAL ARE ALWAYS SO UNREALISTIC, BUT MAN WOULDN'T YOU LOVE A REAL BAND LIKE THIS? FUN STUFF AND I LOVED THE ART. LOOKS LIKE IT SAYS BERNARD BAILEY TO ME TOO.

NEVER HEARD OF THOSE DISNEY TOYS, THEY ARE TOTALLY COOL THOUGH. I REMEMBER THE POSTER ADS, AND AS MUCH AS I'D LOVE A 24 X 29 WOLFMAN POSTER, I THINK I'D PREFER ANY OF THOSE RAQUEL WELCH PRINTS INSTEAD THESE DAYS.

Anonymous said...

Actually, Kars, it says Bernard Baily. No "e." And this Bernard Baily (who did the "generic(?) style shown here" -- whatever that means) did indeed co-create the Spectre, so I'm not really sure what Ger is trying to say.

But I'll say "thanks" for giving Bernie Baily more exposure! Always loved his work.

Kitty LeClaw said...

The masters of the fire
guide the way,
With their claws like
giant birds of prey.
Sometimes painted with
the head of horns,
Dealing death to all of those
who scorn!


- Coven, "Dignitaries of Hell"

Pappy said...

Bernard Baily did some of his best and most gruesome work ever in the pre-code era. Love his covers for Mister Mystery, et al. The supernatural theme of this post-Code DC story, good as it is, is pallid compared to the cover picture of Mister Mystery #11, the guy buried to his chin in the desert, and being covered by huge red ants!

As for Ray Bailey, the artist I confuse him with most often is Lee Elias. Bernard Baily's work looks nothing like Ray Bailey's.

Mark Monlux said...

The Vampire Midnight Madness Model! I had one of those! I remember walking to the store and not having enough money. But lucky me, on the walk home I found a twenty dollar bill blowing down the street, so I went back and bought it. What a lucky day. I still remember attaching the rubber bands inside it to make it work. Good times.

Karswell said...

Soooo, this is not the same Bernard Bailey from the 50's? I'm still a little confused I guess. Can someone spell it out for me.

>The Vampire Midnight Madness Model! I had one of those!

I was a huge model kit fan too as a kid Mark, unfortunantly I don't remember owning any of these from the Haunted Mansion series. But Disney had another line of somewhat related park ride "Zap/Action" kits based on the Pirates of the Carribean and I had this one:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2133/2276140557_34d48f13e6.jpg

Cool, thanks for the comments so far today, me hearties... now I'm gonna listen to some Coven.

Anonymous said...

Kars,

Yes, it is the same Bernie Baily from the 50's that did those great horror covers. After he did the Spectre in the early 40's, he opened his own studio with another artist (somebody big, but the name escapes me at the moment) and they did lots of work all around the industry. Briefer worked for that studio, among others -- on an interesting side note, Bernie Baily went on to do "Spawn of Frankenstein" for DC as a back-up in the Phantom Stranger series. Great stuff. Check it out.

So, yes, this is the same guy. You're just spelling the last name wrong (look again at the splash).

Ray Bailey was a very good artist in Lee Elias/Cannif mode (as noted earlier), but he worked mostly in strips. I don't know that he ever did any comic book work, but I could be wrong.

Hope that settles things for you.

AndyDecker said...

The story didn´t do much for me. But this is of course a matter of taste.
But the one pager was fun. I really loved the one Arragones did, they often were so silly and absurd.

Dane said...

I have such fond memories of the Witching Hour. I still have a few saved away. This was a fun nostalgic trip, thanks.

prof. grewbeard said...

Life at last salutations from the other side
I can see that you're the devil's pride
Do you realize that all of you donated something horrible you hated that is part of you
I'm your nightmares comin' true I am your crime

Life at last sit and listen while the fun begins
Hearts are broken and the bad guys win
Sit and listen all the cutting up is easy
And this isn't for the queasy or the weak of heart
You had better start for home while there's still time

I'm the evil that you created gettin' horny and damned frustrated
Bored stiff and I want me a woman now

I'm the evil that you created gettin' horny and damned frustrated
Each of you must stop and try me all of you might satisfy me...

"Life At Last" -Paul Williams?!?(from Phantom of the Paradise)

Karswell said...

A weird day here at THOIA... and I'm not really even sure what I mean by that. I also liked how some of you played the Lyric Challenge game without even being prompted. Anyway, thanks to everyone who stopped by, and to anyone who finds clocks scary, this is definitely gonna be your weekend.