Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Eyeless Ones / Invasion

Like our last vampire post, todays first story for "Scary Sci-Fi Saturday" is also from the Jan '53 issue of Tomb of Terror #7. But unlike that post with it's strange, unique ending, "The Eyeless Ones" has, umm, one of those kind of endingzzzz... you'll know what I mean when you get to it (actually, you'll know how this ends 6 pages before you reach the ending.) No biggie, the wild 'n wicked Warren Kremer artwork will still totally knock your eyes outta yer skull!






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(A super special thanks to The Mayor over at the always awesome Neato Coolville for letting me re-post this hilarious AD)
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Horror commrade Mark Borbas requested this fear-turistic Jack Sparling classic while informing me that I had this story still left to post from the May 1954 issue of Chamber of Chills #23-- thanks Mark! (And all of you full-issue fiends check the THOIA Archive by issue number, or search by title for "Heartline", "Dust to Dust", and "The Museum" for more!)




10 comments:

Turok1952 said...

Wow! Nice stories! The Eyeless Ones was reminiscent of the 1930s Flash Gordon tales, especially in the middle of the last page as Professor is shown in a Dr. Zarkov-like circular balloon set out from the rocket visual.
Oy vay! So much for any originality of ending in "Planet of the Apes." What a treat of a learning experience this was!

"Invasion" was just as good. Although predictable, the artwork at the end was absolutely wonderfully done.

Please! More like this!

prof. grewbeard said...

both predictable but both feasts for the...eyes.

rogue evolent said...

Great first story Karswell, it cracked me up.
Claude and Myrna... a couple of nice martian kids from a "Futuramic" city, take their wardrobe of short skirts, and jodhpurs to the beastly eyeless fourth planet... love it.

Drew said...

I don't know when or where the "Great Books" ad originally appeared, minus the Photoshopped image...but it wasn't until well after the horror comics were ancient history.

(The mailing address for the ad shows a standard ZIP code, not used until 1963.)

Still funny, but...

Anonymous said...

THE KREMER ART IS DEFINITELY SOME OF THE BEST IVE SEEN. HE IS ANOTHER UNDER RATED GUY FOR SURE THOSE PANELS ARE SO PACKED WITH ACTION AND DETAIL ITS UNREAL! THE OTHER TALE WAS REALLY COOL AND BOTH HAVE AWESOME SPLASH PANELS AND TITLES TOO

Daniel [oeconomist.com] said...

And now another blank may be filled in Smith & Broxson, which didn't have the source for “The Blind Monsters” (which Mykal Banta reproduced over at tBP).

JP Morgan said...

When the monsters attack in "The Eyeless Ones," the crew keeps calling out for "AAAGGRRAAA!" Who's Agra?

Mark said...

Thanks for the post, Karswell. But horror comrade? That sounds like commie talk, son. Maybe blood brother?

Invasion sure reminds me of Invasion of the Body Snatchers,
though I know there were lots of paranoid SF alien stories. And the Statue of Liberty at the end of both Eyeless Ones and Planet of the Apes is something.

Does anyone know of any research or articles about comic stories that preceded identical ideas on film? I can recall at least one other story idea from one or more 50's comics that ended up in a movie - Little Shop of Horrors.

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Mykal Banta said...

Karswell: Wow, am I loving "The Eyeless Ones" (what a great title). As the good and ever-vigilant Daniel has observed, it was done up Myron Fass Style! Great post, my friend.