Sunday, March 1, 2009

Hate!

Kicking off March 2009 with my favorite comic book artist of all time-- Bill Everett, this quick little sucker punch tale comes from the February 1953 issue of Mystic #17, and FYI: all week you’ll be seeing this ENTIRE classic Atlas issue, overflowing with vampires, kinder trauma, and one particularly atrocious facial surgery disaster yarn. Don’t miss a day of it!





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10 comments:

Mr. Cavin said...

Symptomatic of the rampant and historical US intolerance for ape-men. At least it's well drawn.

Viking Zombie Boyfriend said...

Kick-ass! I honestly couldn't guess where it actually ended up. I've always been a fan of "uncanny" horror -- the disquieting stuff -- moreso than the blood 'n' gore variety. This tale filled the bill quite nicely.

AndyDecker said...

I know exactly how the poor hero feels *g

Wonderful story with a great, laugh out loud ending.

Anonymous said...

Everett!!! Always welcome in my house, even when illustrating Stan's goofy stories. By the way, the caretaker/owner of the hotel is obviously based on a woman in Bill's life. The more realistic facial structure is a dead give-away. Would love to know who (and why he chose her for this story).

Anonymous said...

MORE PROOF WHY EVERETT WAS THE BEST! HE COULD TAKE THESE TYPICAL STAN LEE QUICKIES AND REALLY TRANSFORM THEM INTO SOMETHING SPECIAL. LOOKING FORWARD TO THE REST OF THIS THIS ISSUE!

sfdoomed said...

What are the chances, huh? Seeing this brute all over had me believing that this tale was going the route where everyone starts to look like the object of the protagonist's hatred, and he can't tell 'em apart. But alas, no, it's the same dude alright, and he carries a big stick!

I can't get over just how top notch Atlas horror comics were. I wish Marvel would do a cheap reprint series like the Gemstone EC reprints in the '90s (complete issues and in order), instead of the crazy $50 hardcovers. Oh well, at least they're putting them out.

Horror pariah said...

Agree with Mr.Doomed; it's really a loss that today's youth don't have their own equivalent of WHERE MONSTERS DWELL or Gemstone EC. reprints, especially since they wouldn't have to worry nowadays about choosing code-permissible reprints. The story cracked me up quite a bit, i was expecting the big guy to be a figment of the lead's imagination. As for Everett drawing from life; it's a great possibility! It would account for how well structured the character designs are; just caricaturized, Bill always said he based Namor the Sub-mariner after his own angry fantasies, and has taken the cred for coming up with Matt Murdock's blindness because his daughter was legally blind.

prof. grewbeard said...

that was utterly charming! i never saw that ending coming. Everett's a favorite of mine, too. and i want everything in that ad!

Anonymous said...

thumbs up!

Born Late '58 said...

Very well done short story...artwork excellent and didn't see the end coming like that!