Monday, September 20, 2010

The Man Who Lost His Shadow!

"The Man Who Lost His Shadow!" is the first story in Tales of Horror #5 from 1953, with art presented by the great tag-team creative duo of Ben Brown & David Gantz. These guys did some super fine work together in the pre-codes and THOIA has posted quite a few of their tales from a variety of publishers, most notably for Atlas, but especially fun is the insane numbskullery of the perplexing Purple Claw series (check the archives by clicking HERE!)























































































































Vintage AD

7 comments:

prof. grewbeard said...

strange poetry to be found here...

8thRay said...

Good one. A story featuring a dead ringer for George "The Animal" Steele, followed by a wrestling ad... which says "send no money" right before telling you to enclose $1.00.

The Inside Story of Professional Wrestling must have been a pretty slim volume too, it probably just had one page that said "It's all fake!"

Anonymous said...

Kind of odd that the apeman was half in shadow for most of the comic. Greta tragic story though.

RSA Online said...

Hurrah for comics!

Mr. Cavin said...

I really liked this. Every now and again I see a prime candidate for remaking, and I would love to see this done again.

I mostly liked the abrasive art, but though I usually like this kind of solid-field spot coloring, I might like to see it applied with a little more thoughtful premeditation than what we see here. Mostly, I just want to slow down the two hanging scenes a little. The first especially--we need to know he's killing himself before we realize he hasn't.

But all in all this was a really neat story, infused with a rare kind of warmth for its characters seldom seen in pre-code stuff.

And dig the nails on that cover monster. It's nice to know there's no shortage of strip mall manicurists in hell.

Anonymous said...

KILLER STORY AND I DIG THIS ART TEAM TOO BUT SEEMS LIKE THE PRINTING WASNT UP TO PAR IN CAPTURING THE DETAIL AND AGREE WITH MR CALVIN ABOUT THE COLOR....... ESPECIALLY WHEN COMPARED TO THE PURPLE CLAW STUFF YOU POSTED BEFORE.

Liz D-M said...

It's an interesting and sad story ... thanks for sharing.