Sunday, May 23, 2010

Witch Doctor / Witch Doctor's Revenge

Like an old B-movie jungle horror double feature today, THOIA brings you two violent tales of 100% weird witch doctors! Our first tale comes from the Feb. 1954 issue of Spellbound #19, (art by Tony DiPreta) and our back-up story is from the Dec. 1952 issue of Adventures into the Unknown #38. And really now, "Are witch doctors even scary?" I was asked this question recently... well?






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Vintage AD

13 comments:

Drew said...

Hah -- very clever "vintage ad" there, Karswell!

Hopefully you won't be hearing from either Marvel's or Hostess' lawyers :-)

Drew said...

Er, somehow I misread the second title as "Adventures into Terror" (should have had my morning coffee before commenting). Since "Adventures into the Unknown" was published by long-dead ACG rather than Atlas / Marvel ("Spellbound" publisher), their image is obviously public domain.

brandiweed said...

The punchline of "Witch Doctor's Revenge" makes me wonder if this is an uncredited adaptation of Robert Bloch's "Sweets to the Sweet". (It was turned, minus the ending, into a pretty good segment of the Amicus anthology film The House That Dripped Blood.)

Mykal Banta said...

Yes, witch doctors are scary. particularily the one in Witch Doctor's Revenge. I love the cool way he applies a kind of bear-trap logic to the problem of how to save his grandson. I admire a man that can think on his bare feet.

Hell, I even thought that lumpy, malformed, wax image the witch doctor used was pretty damn scary looking.

Corpse Parade said...

Last time I ever eat a Hostess Fruit Pie.

todd said...

Two of the best in a long time. I got a big delight!

Anonymous said...

I liked the ACG story better, but the Atlas tale has a great splash! A cool double header Karswell, thanks again!

nyrdyv said...

I do wish there would better film productions involving witch doctors. There has not been an acceptable adaptation of the genre since The Serpent and the Rainbow back in the '80s.

Cheers!

Steven G. Willis
XOWComics.com

Karswell said...

>Hah -- very clever "vintage ad" there, Karswell!

For anyyone who's tired of getting sand kicked in their snack treats.

>wonder if this is an uncredited adaptation of Robert Bloch's "Sweets to the Sweet".

You could be right Brandi, I'll have to check into it more.

>even thought that lumpy, malformed, wax image the witch doctor used was pretty damn scary looking.

Dolls in any form are terrifying no matter what, I totally agree Mykal.

>Last time I ever eat a Hostess Fruit Pie.

haha

>Two of the best in a long time.

Thanks Todd, I'll keep trying harder to post better stuff-- just for you :)

>the Atlas tale has a great splash!

DiPreta was always good with intriguing spash pages... his distinct art style helps too!

>I do wish there would better film productions involving witch doctors.

You're probably right Steve... though if anyone else has any obscure film recommendations (new or old) about witch doctors please let us know.

Thanks for the comments, hope everyone is having a great final week of May 2010!

Anonymous said...

TWO GOOD EXAMPLES OF ATLAS AND ACG. I THINK WITCH DOCTORS ARE PRETTY CREEPY TO BE HONEST, SPECIALLY THE HEAD HUNTER VARIETY!
AND WHAT HAPPENED TO FRUIT PIE THE MAGICIAN ANYWAY???? LAST I HEARD HE GOT HIMSELF MIXED UP IN BLACK MAGIC! HEE HEE

prof. grewbeard said...

late to the party again, but great stuff! now, time for to go to bed- again...

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