Friday, November 12, 2010

The Dead Men / The Choir Master

We interrupt November's Web of Evil Fest for a quick request and submission from THOIA reader Richard Carlin who wanted to see Stan Lee and John Romita's "The Dead Men" from the March 1953 issue of Spellbound #13. In return Richard has graciously supplied us with Bob Powell's "The Choir Master," a gruesome Harvey tale from the January 1954 issue of Chamber of Chills #21 --thank you Richard! Anyone else have a request, or story scans they'd like to donate too just drop us a line!

(Cover art: Carl Burgos)

(Cover art: Lee Elias)


Diandra said...

Great endings - for the stories, that is.

Turok1952 said...

What sweet and fitting, if predictable, ends for each of these tales.
The thug politician in "The Dead Men" deserved what he got. Where was this, my home town?

And, in "The Choir Master," although the schmucks und yenta who turned their schnozzes up at the man they owed so much to may not have deserved to die for their ingratitude, the stunning ending is a fit and proper reminder that, one, none of us should ever forget where we came from, and, two, that not one of us ever makes it on our own.

Even his dishonor, the late mayor, would perhaps now agree.....

prof. grewbeard said...

excellent art on both stories!

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Mykal said...

Damn, but I loved that Powell story! Just imagine those shrieking notes! Really mind twisting. I really like Powell's horror stuff better than his war stories done for Atlas' and Harvey's various war titles. His people always looked a bit deformed to me, as though seen reflected in a carnival mirror - perfectly suited to the horror genre.

Frank Forte said...

great art!! really nice work. Love this blog man!!!

smplcv said...

Thrilling stories! Awesome work! Have bookmarked and please sharing few more stories..

Welder CV

Mike H said...

A great double feature!!

Hugo said...

I owned the original Bob Powell art for the Choir Master story for a number of years there. Had to sell it a while back and am sorry I parted with them. I love those old Harvey pre-code stories.

Anonymous said...

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But they won't enjoy the benefit of electronic products. They still will pay OUTRAGEOUS prices for books for their courses.

Using evil to prey upon evil.
I realize the horrific days of people planning monsterous acts like the Holocaust are behind us. But that doesn't mean there still are not scams in the economy, besides The Skim, which the gods view as necessary for positioning's sake.
Just as clone hosting selected disfavored whom the gods wanted to ensure had no chance to ascend before The End, so did being invited into the 21st century real estate scam ensure as of yet undetermined punishment elements.
They instructed people whom they wanted to condition about when the stock market would top out and told them when they should shift their asset base into real estate instead.
And they told them when to sell before they tanked the real estate market as well, timing all based on the level of confidence they wanted each to understand.
The victims may cry "Why would this happen to me." but their behavior in a prior life would answer this:::It didin't happen to anyone who didn't deserve it. IRONICALLY, SOME WHO ENTERED CLONE HOSTING AND PLANNED THIS ECONOMIC EVENT BEFORE THEY LEFT WERE REINCARNATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS EVENT.
The God's poetic justice can be a beautiful thing indeed, even if they are evil Cunt Fucks.
You want this fucked up? There you go degenerate shit.
Pedistal only due to their power, not their phantom moral superiority.

Both the public and the private sector host $400k overpaid employees. The difference?
The public sector preys upon the disfavored rejects from motherlands, people too disfavored to stay reproducing with their own blood. Corporate preyed upon the more favored purebloods from their motherland through sourcing and therefore incurr more evil in the eyes of the gods, for their lives have more value. Yet another great example of the god's "reverse positioning".

They point the finger at me and claim I participate by shopping at WalMart.
Now this is something I have yet to understand, for they ALL engage in this sourcing due to cheap Asian labor.
It is the essence of life in the United States, and it is not by accident. Overconsumption of the Earth's resources is due to the same reason.
And Walmart has a very straightforward business model; rest assured I pay a margin on each and every product I purchase at Walmart independantly, including my $3 box of American made Cherios and my 68 cent can of Campbell's tomato soup.
INCIDENTALLY, it seems to me we pay THE SAME PRICE FOR SHIT THAT WE DID BEFORE SOURCING BEGAN. The difference is being poicketed by corporate and the $400k employees who are recruited into playing a part in this evil.
The gods intentionally set this up to ensure the onus falls upon the preditory capitalist and not the ignorant public.
Trash at the top just as there is trash in the ghetto.