Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Miser in the Coffin

Father's Day is still about 20 days away, and the rotten old miser zombie ghost in today's post isn't coming back from the dead Creepshow-style for his Father's Day cake either, nope-- he wants his money! This is a typically fun 'n spooky entry from the consistantly batshit bonkerama that was Superior Comics (fyi: I LOVE page 4!) From the Jan. '53 issue of Journey into Fear #11.







15 comments:

prof. grewbeard said...

everything about the art here is unique to my experience, i couldn't compare it to anyone i know of. it's the bee's knees, for sure.

SpaceLord said...

Wonderful. Looks like Iger shop, but indeed in a very unusual way...

HEH said...

I'm loving the artwork of this story. Thanks for another interesting post, Karswell.

Turok1952 said...

It is strangely cartoonish, yet not bad, and the faces are indeed Iger-shoplike.
This is a great story. Thaddeus is a character we can sympathize with. The last panel was absolutely wonderful!

Karswell said...

I was thinking about posting a bunch of Inger Shop stuff this month, so if this sounds like a good idea to you let us know... it's actually been awhile since we cracked open their crummily printed pages and gave these tales a good, long analytical looksie.

brandiweed said...

I really like the last panel of page 4.

Lisa said...

I LOVE the wraith's Lana Turner pose as he gets out of the grave on page four. The last panel on page 6 is pretty scary though!! These posts so get me through the last little bit of my desk shift, catching up on old ones... thanks for posting!

Karswell said...

>I really like the last panel of page 4.

>I LOVE the wraith's Lana Turner pose as he gets out of the grave on page four.

@ Brandi & Lisa - haha, that's my favorite panel too, it's so strangley posed, almost femimine... and his face is awesomely scary!

brandiweed said...

I'm also strangely amused by the old fellow's reaction to scaring that woman into a car crash-- "Oh well, I'm ugly! So what, I gotta get my money!"

Anonymous said...

(First off, computer's been "on the fritz" since last Tuesday; that's Tuesday of last week!)

My reactions: Whwn I read this, I first off thought about a miser in a simular situation. This guy, however, decides to have his money hidden in the attic. When his wife or housekeeper, I forget who hears this, she remarks that the fool should have put it in the basement!

Then I thought about an episode of the 1980's U.S. Saturday morning cartoon "The Real Ghostbusters" about a miserly ghost so angry about his whole fortune being taken in taxes by the government that he steals a entire state lottery prize to get it back!

Last of all, while I was composing this, I thought about another old miser who is told before he is dead that he *can not only get into Heaven; he can take something with him*. He, of course, takes his gold only to be questioned as why he only wanted to take paving stones!

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Turok1952 said...

That "Beast of Bedlam" story from the same issue looks pretty good, too.
A giant pin-head chasing after a babe! I love it!
Would anyone else like to see this one, also?

borky said...

This is eerie - I didn't think Lloyd Blankfein'd even been born when this was written!

Karswell said...

Boy, the comments keep coming in on this one, thanks everyone! And guess what? Beast of Bedlam is up next since you asked so nicely... enjoy?

Mr. Cavin said...

Wow. I just read this and spent the whole story trying to frame exactly what it was I really disliked about the art. Then I read all of these comments. Now I think maybe I should just leave well enough alone.

Well, maybe I will point out how dissatisfied I am at the usual laziness I see when these illustrators are trying to articulate a stormy sky with desultory red lightning bolts that have zero to do with the light in the rest of the panel. I guess I should be happy in those rare times the negative space was used at all.

All that said, there really was a unique, bright, day-for-night kind of vibe here, and the faces were moody and cool. Thanks for making me take a second look at these panels, everybody.

Karswell said...

Most Iger Shop art for Superior Pub seems to all look identical, concerning this story I think everyone is simply digging on the slight cartoonishness added to their usual recognizable style, Mr C... gives it a more bizarre, surreal, fun edge. I mentioned page 4 in particular, mostly because those graveyard panels look like something you'd see made out of cardboard and construction paper in a gradeschool play, or for that matter, Plan 9 from Outer Space.