Friday, February 20, 2009

Sewer Horror

February seems to be “Technical Difficulties” Month around here… but! my internet is finally working this morning and here’s your perplexing post for the day, from the November 1953 issue of Horrific #8 …and like yesterday’s tale this one is also by Pete Morisi. Commence with the complaining NOW.








TOMORROW: What the Heck?!

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18 comments:

goblin said...

The monster looked kind of silly, but I liked the fourth wall breaking twist ending. So no complaining from me today. ;)

Tim Beard said...

Wow! I think that the title alone lets you know that you're in for something special.

"More Carroll. Bring me more!"

prof. grewbeard said...

the "mini-gym" ad was the true terror here....

Tim Tylor said...

No complaints from me either. The sight of that mohawk-hairdo fin had me rolling on the floor in... uh, terror! sheer terror! And that whiskery mug! I nearly split my sides with fright!

Nice fourth-wall twist, yep. But the creature really needs to be a bit clearer about how it supplies the promised riches. Otherwise it's just going to get "Yeah right, I'm gonna be made rich by a butt naked man-fishy who can't even find his own phosphorus! Pull the other one, it plays the Blob theme on a theremin!"

Anonymous said...

ITS THE SAVAGE DRAGON'S GRANDPA!! A REALLY WEIRD TALE AND NO COMPLAINTS FROM ME, YOU MADE A MORISI FAN OUT OF ME WITH JOHNNY DYNAMITE LAST YEAR!!!!! THANKS

oeconomist.com said...

“Oh, Tom's a nice guy, Jane… but you know how it is… I like a man who can and will beat-up people who engage in speech to which he objects!”

Anonymous said...

"Mind shattering rest."

Mr. Cavin said...

Well, I'm a little late to the section today, and Mr. Taylor already made my point--and made it better than I'd been planing to. Still, as inexplicable get-rich-quick schemes go, having some septic bum eat your coworkers at least has some perks.

So that leaves me to point out what was really weird about this strip: square dialog. Well, and a sewer creature attack so sudden and scary that it causes the omniscient narrator to scream at the bottom of page three.

AndyDecker said...

No complaints here. Great story!

Okay, I don´t believe this either. He lost me after the millions of years waiting for a snack :-)

But the ads were great. They did advertising for hot water? Unbelievable!

Karswell said...

Haha, good points everyone.. and I apologize again for the delay in the post today.

I also want to take a quick moment to kindly ask that if you are going to post links here in the comments on my blog that direct people to other sites like The Golden Age Comicbook site to please ask me first... this way in case I'm posting a story tomorrow that I've already gone through all the trouble scanning and planning out that you haven't ruined my presentation by telling people to read it there first. If this sounds anal so be it, but this is MY blog and if you want to link people elsewhere then kindly do it on your own blog. Anyway, everyone knows by now that they can go to the Golden Age Comicbook site to find tons of full issue scans as I've had them linked on my sidebar for well over a year now.

Thank you for understanding.

Anonymous said...

nobody mention the horror of what it's probably like to be a beefy man named carroll! eek!

Horror pariah said...

No complaints from me!. I really liked the opening, gave me a real BLACK LAGOON vibe even though i doubt this influenced Arnold(who was probably filming for a while before '54.). I wonder how many kids tried to feed their parents or bullies to this creature in daydreams?. Can't wait for the Heck posts.

Anonymous said...

The "fourth wall" gag at the end that everyone seems so fond of is actually a little ambiguous for me. It's natural to think that the Wilford Brimley from the Black Lagoon there is supposed to be talking to the reader, but then there's the matter of the narrator of the story, isn't there? I mean, that narrator's been around "for a long time!" Like for millions of years. Makes for a funnier ending -- even funner if the narrator had reacted with another scream.

Cindy M said...

I've wondered why the male characters are sometimes drawn with such heavy facial features? Not that I expect an answer; just "wondering aloud" again.

The Mini-Gym. I seem to recall that from old "Archies" comics. Take that, Bow-Flex!

Hot water from any cold faucet. I'd like to see that.

Thanks again for posting the ads, Karswell.

8thRay said...

I like how the worm-creature awakens from a "mind-shattering rest". It must have really taken the wind out of his sails.

Also, the "shelled monster" phase of his development looks suspiciously similar to a clam. The horror!!!

todd said...

I like how he waits through the entire evolution of humanity and then suddenly needs unlimited human brains just to survive.

I wouldn't buy a used car from this monster, if you know what I'm saying.

jpmorgan said...

The splash panel of SEWER HORROR looks a little like an ad. "Stuck in a dead-end, low-paying job? Let SEWER HORROR help you achieve big success!"

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