Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Devil's Birthmark

As you have seen here at THOIA over the years, Superior Comics were notorious for their exceptionally grim stories that possessed a lurid, black hearted spirit so mean and ugly that sometimes you don't know whether to laugh or scream (or both) at the insanity you've just read. Still, fused within the slick 'n scuzzy Iger Shop assembly line artwork is a fun sort of manic energy that alot of other lesser pre-code publishers were never able to invoke... today's violent tale from the July '54 issue of Mysteries Weird and Strange #8 is yet another diabolical, prime example.











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Vintage AD

14 comments:

Turok1952 said...

Oy vay! This is why I love Iger Shop!!
Ho-ho-hee-hee!
Outstanding!
I do wish the man had not snuffed himself, though.

Anonymous said...

OVERALL PRETTY BRUTAL, PAGE 3 YOU NOT ONLY GET A CORPSE SHOVED INTO A FURNACE BUT ALSO A SUICIDE. AND I AGREE THE MAD LAUGHTER IN THESE STORYS IS ALWAYS A PLUS IN MY BOOK.......... WHAT A GREAT ENDING.

prof. grewbeard said...

a grim tale indeed for 1:41 in the morning...

ZDENNY said...

A man named Finite awoke and found himself in a sinkhole full of quick sand. He was sinking very slowly and knew that he would meet certain death.

A man came along who had holes in his hands. The man threw Finite a rope and told him to grab it and he would pull him to safety.

Finite looked at the holes in the man's hands and said, “Your not real.” “It is not scientifically possible for a man to live who has holes in his hands.

The man with the holes in his hands looked at the guy a little puzzled and said, “You are in a sinkhole and about to die. Your response to my help is to say I’m not real?”

Finite said, “Well, I like how warm the sand is and I really don’t want to get out. Second, I know I am having an illusion because it is not possible for a man to have holes in his hands and still help me out.” Therefore, morally I like my plight and scientifically, you don’t exist being a mere projection of my mind.

The man with the holes in his hands said, “Listen, I was sent here by my father to help people out so please let me help you! I will take you to my father’s mansion where you can enjoy life for eternity. Obviously, death was not able to hold me in the grave because the holes in my hands are proof that I overcame death. I now have the power to save you so grab the rope!”

Finite put his fingers in the ears and said, “Now I know I am hearing things because there is no such thing as eternal life…Everyone dies so I am going to take my turn and just enjoy this warm sand until the end.”

The man with the holes in his hand said, “If you won’t grab the rope, then I won’t be able to help you…please, please take the rope and I can pull you out. Have faith my friend.”

A few moments later Finite sunk into the quick sand and out of sight. Finite was surprised that he did not die as expected. He just sat there surrounded by sand, unable to move, unable to breathe, unable to talk with his fingers in his ears. Finite tried to comfort himself by thinking, “I would rather stay here for eternity than believe that the man with the holes in His hand could help me. Faith in that mirage is irrational!!

So Finite sat in the quicksand for eternity. Day in and day out for eternity Finite was always thinking about the man with the holes in his hands. He would comfort himself thinking, “It was better to not have faith than to believe something that didn’t make sense.”

The man with the holes in His hands continued to call him for the rest of eternity; however, Finite could not hear his voice because he had plugged his ears.


The Lesson

If you are not with Christ, you will be thinking about Christ for eternity anyway... so have faith.

Karswell said...

Haha, halfway through Devilcember and here come the religious kooks pushing their goods. I'm not even gonna delete it (or read it) cuz it's all just hilarious to me.

Hail Satan.

Trevor M said...

I hope more religious nuts post comments on the devil stories this month! It gives these satanic tales an extra luridness -- like they're so damned evil that my "soul" is in danger if I read them. I think that's just awesome and adds to my enjoyment.

Anonymous said...

plus all of the satan stories you have posted so far this month are way better than the boring one zdenny thinks we should read.

Kitty LeClaw said...

Dear Children:

One day, you will learn everything about Santa Claus. On that day, remember everything the adults have told you about Jesus.

Cindy M said...
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Cindy M said...

Hail Zechariah Sitchin! :-)

Okay, now to the Vintage Ad: Spektoscope! England's need for dollars makes this (low price - save $7.00 [which in the late '50s/early '60s was something of a sum]) possible! England's NEED for dollars. Weird. I'll bet our friends "across the pond" would have liked to know they NEEDED our dollars back then. I wonder how many people bought a pair, lol. And what? No "X-Ray Vision" bonus feature? :-p Wouldn't Benjamin Franklin have been amused?

Anonymous said...

lol! awesome story

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