Thursday, December 22, 2011

Phantoms of the Forgotten

A con man resurrects a rip roarin' posse of old west poltergeists, in this weird 'n wild tale from the December 1953 issue of Hand of Fate #21 (art by Louis Zansky.)







4 comments:

Anonymous said...

You know what was the most surprising thing about this story? The fact that "outlawry" is a real word!!!!!

Karswell said...

Not many horror western fans out there, eh?

Howard said...

I'm slowly getting caught up, so this comment is kind of late. I hope you read it.

I know that a lot of Old-Time Radio shows had comic book tie-ins, and vice versa. (The Mysterious Traveler, for example, had both radio and comic incarnations.) Was there any connection between The Hand of Fate (comics) and The Diary of Fate (radio)?

Diary doesn't feature the supernatural so much (mostly murder and embezzlement), but both features are pretty much over the top, and it's hard not to read our host's commentary and not hear his OTR counterpart's stentorian, ham-fisted delivery. ("But because of a little thing, a mere choice of words in an old newspaper, you, George Crandall, have earned an entry in . . . The Diary of Fate.")

Karswell said...

More likely Hand of Fate possibly just grabbed a queue from the Diary radio series, which lasted from 1947 to 1948... the Ace comic series debuted in 1951. Thanks for the comment!