Monday, February 22, 2010

The Altar of the Damned!

Now that you've read Stan Lee and Bill Everett's classic "Zombie!" (see our last post HERE) aren't you just a wee bit curious to know how Simon Garth became one of the living dead? Well look no further, because the 1973 World Screamiere issue of Tales of the Zombie #1 delivered just that-- and some bare female flesh too (is anyone still complaining about Donna Garth's make-over from her Golden Age appearence into a mod blonde bombshell?!)














NEXT: More Simon Garth-- and daughter Donna too!

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13 comments:

Corpse Parade said...

Truly an excellent prologue. I like how Donna appears here as a beautiful hippie princess. However, the pre code Donna was cute too, in a Jack Kamen kind of "Modern Love ('50's style)" kind of way.

goblin said...

Excellent story all around -- the art, the writing, Donna… I just find it astonishing how being dead for about an hour can turn a handsome business man into, well, Rod Stewart.

Anonymous said...

VERY TO COOL TO SEE HOW THIS ALL STARTED, AND NO WONDER ITS SO GOOD BECAUSE THIS IS AN AMAZING GROUP OF MARVEL LEGENDS WHO WORKED ON IT! LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE, I HAVE NEVER READ ANY OF THESE ZOMBIE TALES BEFORE.

AND CONGRATS ON THE RONDO NOMINATION TOO....... YOU KNOW YOU HAVE MY VOTE!

Lysdexicuss said...

Panel 2 page 8 looks like Jazzy John Romita might have flexed his Art Director editorial muscles with his rendition of nympho Donna ;~j

Mike H said...

Those nude panels were boneriffic to my 11 year old eyes back in the day. I bought this one off the stands.

Karswell said...

Next post will feature the day after the Stan Lee / Everett story, so if you need a refresher check out how ZOMBIE! ended again (and like this first part Buscema did the lay-outs, but the finished art next is by Syd Shores... and yes, Donna returns too.)

Thanks for the comments.

Anonymous said...

Good stuff, and I am surprised that Marvel was allowed to show that much nudity in a comic book back then! I had no idea the black and white mags were like this, I always assumed they were just full of colorless reprints.

Cindy M said...

"Mike H said...
Those nude panels were boneriffic to my 11 year old eyes back in the day. I bought this one off the stands."

Lol! :-) I'm also surprised at the extent of the nudity, considering. Love the art/style, and works so well B & W.

Sorry it's been awhile since I've commented, Karswell. Life, etc.

I'll also vote for you!

Karswell said...

>surprised that Marvel was allowed to show that much nudity in a comic book back

I believe it had something to do with it being black and white and/or magazine size that allowed Marvel to include more "adult" subject matter, or something like that. If anyone has a better explaination please fill us in.

And thanks for the votes too, the deadline to enter your Rondo picks is April 3rd. And good luck to all my fellow blogger buddies who were nominated too!

Mykal said...

Karsell: My favorite posts from you so far, and that's not whistling Dixie! I love these comics. Regarding Donna - no complaints from this quarter.

What a great comic. have I already said that? Those shears - now that's just great writing. -- Mykal

Mykal said...

Oh, the nudity. Yep it was both the black and white and different size - it allowed them to fly under the code as they were then classified as a "magazine" and not "comic book" and thus not required to comply to same restrictive printing standards (the comics code)- same thing with Blazing Combat and Eerie and Creepy.

Mykal said...

-- and, of course, the the same applies to the horrible, awful, wonderful titles from Eerie Publications: Horror Tales, Terror Tales, Tales From the Tomb, Weird, etc. -- Mykal

Karswell said...

Thanks Mykal!

More Simon Garth on deck, stick around...