Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Thing on the Roof!

Let’s take a look at one more 1970’s Robert E. Howard comic book adaptation this week and then get back to the pre-code days, shall we? This one is from the March 1973 issue of Chamber of Chills #3, and like yesterday’s tale is also illustrated by Frank Brunner. Howard's original version of this story saw print in the February 1932 issue of Weird Tales and is another favorite of mine—enjoy!










TOMORROW: On with the Horrific Fest!



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11 comments:

oeconomist.com said...

I would continue your assessment of of how Brunner illustrated this creature from what you wrote in the previous entry.

Brunner is a genuinely incredible artist. I thought that he did wonderful things with Doctor Strange, and with sword-and-sorcery. But, for whatever reason, he just didn't get the same sort of handle on this sort of stuff.

Robert McKinney said...

I don't know. I thought it was a pretty effective monster.

I have read the original story, but had never seen the comic until now. Thanks for posting it.

By the by, I notice the cover has yet another girl who has nothing to do with the original story. Not that I mind. ;-)

The Igloo Keeper... said...

I blame Von Juntz.

AndyDecker said...

Yeah, Brunner should have had the original von Juntz *g

Compared to the other bread and butter artists of this Marvel period Brunner sure was an extraordinary artist.

An interesting adaption, as in the original the reader never sees the monster, just what it had done. Which of course is very effectice.

Thanks for the Howard days, Karswell, very appreciated.

Anonymous said...

THE GIL KANE STORY WAS PROBABLY MY FAVORITE OF THE REH POSTS BUT THIS ONE WAS PRETTY DAMN CLOSE. I LOVED THE MONSTER, THE LAST PAGE IS JUST WICKED. BRUNNERS ART TODAY FEELS ALOT LIKE BERNIE WRIGHTSON, ESPECIALLY THE FACES ON THE BOTTOM OF PAGE 7. AWESOME STUFF KARSWELL, I LOVE THESE 70S POSTS AND LOOK FORWARD TO MORE.

COUNTE DANTE.....HA!!! THIS AD USED TO SCARE ME AS A KID

Karswell said...

Well, judging by the number of comments today I'm guessing this trip in the Time Machine wore itself a little thin for some of you pre-code fans. Never fear, we're back to the 50's tomorrow with a few days of weird stuff from the Horrific series, also a Don Heck Weekend on the schedule... stick around.

Cindy M said...

Trixie's grateful it's not "CAT on a Hot Tin Roof."

She'd be very upset if it were.

Cindy M said...

Oh, forgot to add this:

Count Dante? Who the heck is that?

I'll bet Bruce Lee could have whipped his butt with 1 leg tied behind his back, lol.

All this reminds me of the Indiana Jones movie, when that guy is trying to frighten Indie by flashing that sword around; and Indie shrugs, whips out the pistol and *blam!*

Horror pariah said...

I agree with All-Caps, this was the second best of the adaptions. Brunner may just be my new favorite. I remember ordering that Count Dante thing back in th '70's. It was one of the biggest wastes of my hard-earned allowance i ever spent.

8thRay said...

I remember seeing the Count Dante ads in comics back then. "Deadliest man alive!" Somehow, the claims that he won all those titles in DEATH matches didn't really register in my pre-teen brain. It just seemed normal - if you were a Kung-Fu guy, you were going around killing folks all the time.

Anonymous said...

had this one when i was a kid and totally forgot about it thanks karswell!