Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Mirror / Sticks and Stones

Let's warm-up today first with one from Fiction House Magazines' Monster #1 (1953) ...it's a nightmarish little tale with a downbeat ending and great legs (GCD claims "story contains some Milt Cannif Dragon Lady swipes as well as some good girl art swipes that look like they came from Blue Beetle..."), followed by an even warmer Atlas shocker from the July '52 issue of Advs into Weird Worlds #8.





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"Sticks and Stones"




9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, those were 2 little cheerer-uppers.

Anonymous said...

"The Mirror" would be a really good story if not for the hopelessly muddled storytelling (especially on Page Two -- had to read it twice to figure out where to read next). Still, love the ending.

And "Sticks and Stones" was saved from utter mediocrity by that insane climax. It's amazing how often normal, lovable girls suddenly turn into sadistic psychotics almost instantaneously in pre-code comics.

Anonymous said...

As usual, gorgeous samples again! Somebody at Dark Horse or Fantagraphics needs to reprint these treasures!! Thanks again for sharing.

Ingels

Joey Deadcat said...

Last few stories bring to mind All Women Are Bad by The Cramps! LOL

Sticks And Stones was a change of pace, though. Guys like that who sent women I've known, er, "playing for the other team"...

Karswell said...

>All Women Are Bad

Ahhh, someone's detecting the theme... not like it isn't totally obvious, but still.

And say, how come no one reminded me that last Sunday was THOIA's b-day?!!

Anonymous said...

PAINFUL FINAL PANEL IN THE ATLAS STORY OWWWW!! JUST HURTS LOOKING AT IT. AND BAD ENOUGH WALKING AROUND WITH SOME LOONY BROADS NAME BURNED IN YOUR FORHEAD BUT ITS ALSO BACKWARDS!!!!!!

I LIKED THE MIRROR TALE TOO, IT BE COOL TO SEE THE ORIGINAL DRAGON LADY ART, ITS FUN COMPARING SWIPES.

prof. grewbeard said...

well, i see i've got some catching up to do, and today's stories were important reminders of why i should keep up. 'cause they were a lot of fun and a little CRAZY...

yep, crazy.

Christine said...

What a great cartoon. Not only does it have a moral to the story but he gets his come upperence in the end. Excellent.

peter said...

o.......the glow......the silver gate.................the smiling ones.....yes...the horrors of it all still calling me.......scratching the backing off the mirror.........fabulous....i had to return to "haunt from the sea" september 30th 2008 in the vaults for another equally lasting mystery