Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Horror in the City

Tale #2 in our full issue presentation of the August 1952 issue of Mystic #11! Dynamite Dave O'Dell over at Atlas Tales is "pretty confident this is Meskin on the first few pages", while Werner Roth is also noted in the credits. Two of my favorites! And for you full issue completists I've even included the text story today. But first, hang onto your scales, it's VZZZZTTTTT---








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Something new in 2010 for THOIA readers and fans of The Big Blog of Kids' Comics--- I will occasionally be contributing story scans from the non-horrific sector of my comic book kollection to Mykal's most awesome blog! Come and see what else tickles my fancy, this month it's Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse! Just click HERE and be transported to a less scary place!

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

a less scary place? but...i WANT to be scared!

Karswell said...

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Mykal said...

karswell: Loved the panel construction in this one, as well as the coloring. There were flashes of briliance throughout. Like Page 5 - panel 6; the one with the milk bottle in the immediate foreground, the rest of the cityscape in deep focus. Man, that's how the big boys do it. -- Mykal

sfdoomed said...

What a putz! First the guy wonders why he has never found love and then when he opens his mouth to speak we see why. "Take it easy, gorgeous!" This guy, if he survived, wouldn't get too far in the upcoming decade of women's liberation. Doomed to failure, I suppose.

And talk about being an egocentric ass who deserves his fate; he would rather her be serious about an impending invasion on the human race rather then her be insane just because he's got a schoolboy crush. No wonder this dude never got laid.

Lastly, is it me or has this exact same theme been done before? Maybe I just read this a long time ago in one of the early '70s Marvel reissues or something.

I love the Atlas classics, Karswell. Yesterday's story was fantastically drawn as well.

Now I'm off to check out Mykal's blogs; thanks for the heads-up.

Corpse Parade said...

Really like the artwork on this. Very film noir treatment. I saw the ending a mile away, of course, but I enjoyed the ride. I don't know why, but somehow I'm picturing this story being illustrated by Johnny Craig (except there would be a lot of beads of sweat on the protagonist's brow if he illustrated the story).

Mike H said...

I remember this story from one of the Marvel reprint comics from the early 70s (Vault of Evil, Dead of Night, etc...) I love the third to last panel of the last page... mid-transformation. Nice!

Cindy M said...

"A mystic adventure into HORROR!" Can hear the booming echoing voice in that line.

The words "mystic" and "horror" seem an odd combination; I rarely think of horror as mystical. :-\

Dangerous Love. Haven't we all been there? :-p My sister's on her 5th rounder with it, lol.

Anonymous said...

COOL STORY, AND COOL NEWS ABOUT MYKALS BLOG TOO. I WILL CHECK IT OUT!

Karswell said...

>rest of the cityscape in deep focus.

Agreed Mykal, the thing about the really good pre-code publishers was that they had artists with cinematic vision, alot of Atlas panels look like slick movie storyboards.

>is it me or has this exact same theme been done before?

It's not just you, this type of story has been done countless times over and over, and not just by Atlas either.

>except there would be a lot of beads of sweat on the protagonist's brow

Haha, indeed... give 'em the sweaty Craig treatment!

>I love the third to last panel of the last page...

Me too Mike, in fact when I first looked at it I thought maybe DiPreta might've stepped in for a few panels.

>I rarely think of horror as mystical.

Well hopefully THOIA can change your mind about that Cindy.

>COOL NEWS ABOUT MYKALS BLOG TOO. I WILL CHECK IT OUT!

Yes definitely, everyone check out Mykal's blog for sure, he's already posted a TON of wonderful stories.

And thanks for the comments of course too! Keep 'em coming!

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The Vicar of VHS said...

Oh, Perry, you learned too late--they're never "too lovely to be a psycho." ;P

KW said...

This 'Horror in the City' artist reminds me of Steve Ditko a little bit.

Anonymous said...

"Perry Dedd"?! Man, the guy's fate couldn't be more obvious if he was named "I.M. Doomed."

todd said...

Appallingly predictable, and yet I love the last panel.

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prof. grewbeard said...

(sigh)the prettier they are, the more trouble you're in...

Karswell said...

>I want to quote your post in my blog. It can? And you et an account on Twitter?

I do not Twitter, but please feel free to quote me anywhere you feel I am worthy of being quoted! Just send me a link please so I can see what I saying.

Thanks for the award Sarah, you have a great blog! And Prof, Vicar, KW and Todd, thanks for stopping by! Sorry I missed you all on the first round.