Saturday, July 16, 2011

Lure of the Sea Hag

The great Gene Colan passed away last month (June 23rd, 2011), but his amazing legacy lives on forever in some of the greatest comic books and artwork of all time. And while recently digging through my pre-code boxes in search of stories for a seperate project, I stumbled upon this tale in the July 1952 issue of The Beyond #13. It's unmistakeably an uncredited Colan classic, (and lucky for us, also fits nicely into our current "Horror on the High Seas" theme.) Dig the zombie close-up at the top of page 6, who else but Mean Gene could capture such a superbly weird look of horror and sadness on the face of the living dead?







10 comments:

Anonymous said...

1. Until I read the last 2 pages; I wasn't sure which Ilsa I *most not want to run into in a dark alley; Ilsa The Sea Hag" or "Ilsa The She Wolf of the SS"! And, yes I know what that movie is about; and no I haven't seen it! My local copy has a book on "grindhouse films that mentions it and the sequils in some depth!

2. So being a sea-hag is just a bit like being a werewolf or The Incredible Hulk; huh?

DBurch7670

Mr. Cavin said...

I particularly liked the coloring here--page two looks like a stained glass window with all those contrasting panes. I like the zombie pirate you pointed out Karswell ("Arrrr! How Hideous!"), but the bottom left panel of page three is totally grooviest to me. I love all those radiating anxiety lines.

Mike H said...

What a wonderful story and great art! Plus, could there be a more alluring title EVER than "Lure of the Sea Hag"?! I think not!

Karswell said...

I've actually found even more precode Colan gems, but you guys will have to wait until the other project happens to see them! News on this still COMING SOON!

Eric Stott said...

I'm still not certain just what went on...but it was COOL.

Anonymous said...

Jumpin' Judas! What a tale!

SpaceLord said...

I really dig the precode lore from ACE magazines.
Not flashy, not gruesome, but always densely written and nicely done in an elaborate way.
Brainy stuff.
Hope to post some stories myself in the near future.

Karswell said...

Well put, SpaceLord! I for one hope to see lots more ACE horror on the web, there's certainly a ton more great tales yet for me to post as well!

A double shot of doom coming up next-- DOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

EISENGONSCIFY said...

Well I'm going to communicate about many of your positions-as a hold,and they are in fact down to earth ones.I'm happy to come across one more fine blogger in this world of light and dark.Don't stop thinking about tomorrow that-right?Fleetwood Mac was one outstanding groups!So many creative topics you have put out to the world and yet,I bet your mind is over flowing with millions of more great things for humanity. This is way I'm communicationing to you, for the power of the light has been casting from your mind unto thee.As I said to a true great blogger superheroes go in on their own,but the heroes in the real world need a team.A team of people who will communicate the fine things of life to help this world come to see the light of peace. Your powers of moving us closer to a real truth in what's fun-and it should be fun! For fun is better then guns and that's a mark a a hero for humanity.EISENGON SCIFY (sci fi) thank you.

EISENGON SCIFY said...

I just wanted to say I'm sorry for the bad english I wrote in my first bolg.I was so high on the communications flowing on this site my pen kept jumping out of my hand. Having said that this is one dynamic place to park the brain.Going ever so deeply into the darkness of the light,so I see the many stars of intellects here.From your fans and fans not yet,known to you please continue to give us the power of great bloggings. Thank you, EISENGON SCIFY...way to go!