Tuesday, July 6, 2010

General Moulton and the Devil

A couple of devilish tales from the January 1953 issue of Out of the Shadows #7, featuring treacherous fashion related faux pas o'plenty. And if you're just joining us, we're in the middle of a Standard Comics' Out of the Shadows Fest here at THOIA. Lots more good stuff coming up, including: evil plants, giant snakes, dead wives, ghost pirates, and more!





5 comments:

goblin said...

"I am disappointed in ye, general--- I thought ye were an honest man! Ye know 'tis sinful to cheat!"
Satan calling somebody else out on being a sinful cheat… the irony must be lost on him.

I liked how Satan looked in this tale. Usually, in these pre-code stories, he just looks like a guy in a silly Halloween costume, but here his appearance was appropriately demonic. Kind of reminded me of the bad guy from the movie 'Legend,' too.

Thanks, Karswell, I'm really digging these 'Out of the Shadows' stories. They read like they could be based on old folktales which I find very appealing.

Mark said...

Regarding the half-pager:

Not too sure whether the name of the well-known author was Marion G. Starkey or Marion Lena Starkey. Perhaps she had a name change due to marriage.

Anyway, the book mentioned in the half-pager, The Devil in Massachusettes, is said to be the first one that used unpublished verbatim transcriptions of documents and papers on witchcraft in Salem.

Makes one wonder if Starkey got her hands on something of an actual supernatural nature.

Karswell said...

>read like they could be based on old folktales which I find very appealing.

I find this to be the appeal of these filler tales as well...

>wonder if Starkey got her hands on something of an actual supernatural nature.

Very interesting info Mark, thanks for the awesome comment!

prof. grewbeard said...

i guess the Devil got over his initial trepidation and decided he really liked the book!...

Anonymous said...

I ALWAYS LOVE A GOOD SATAN STORY! WELL IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME TO TRY AND PULL A FAST ONE OVER HIM!

ACTUALLY THOUGHT THE CLOAK OF A CORPSE STORY WAS PRETTY SCARY TOO! THIS PLOT HAS BEEN USED A BILLION TIMES IN HORROR COMICS BUT TO ME IT NEVER GETS OLD. THANKS KARS!