Thursday, January 19, 2012

Do Not Feed / Down Down Down

Two warped Atlas tales from the watery depths of weirdness, our first fishy freak originally presented in the Aug. '52 issue of Advs into Weird Worlds #9, and the second from the March '54 issue of Marvel Tales #121.








(Vintage AD)



6 comments:

Gumba G Gadwa said...

Stan (I'm guessing on that second story) always seemed to under-estimate how easy it was to guess endings!

The muddy printing on that first story really hurt it. It was hard to get a good look at the octopus-man. I love the shadows, though. Good use of space.

SpaceLord said...

Gumba G Gadwa is right.
I found these two stories posted in an online encyclopedia - next to the term "predictable".
;-)
But thanks anyway for this nice "octopi"-double feature.

Mr. Cavin said...

I really liked the super clean brush work on the first story. I agree that it was somewhat sabotaged by the printing, but also have a theory that it was pulled together by the clever colorist. I would love to see the original inks.

I liked the super veiny eyeballs in the second story's splash a lot, too. Reminds me of a jack-o-lantern I once carved. I'm a little unclear about how an explosively pressurized deep sea creature that it takes cutting edge science to preserve at sea level could be anything those ancient times might have mistaken for more than a firecracker, though.

Karswell said...

We've gone over these plot factors many times here over the years, I'm sure these stories were a little less predictable back in the 50's. Ah well...

>Reminds me of a jack-o-lantern I once carved.

Nothing on planet Earth is more scary than a Mr C jack-o-lantern! AIEEE!!!

UP NEXT: Something hopefully less predictable!

Mark B said...

Thanks Karswell.
Small "predictable" typo, that Marvel Tales issue is #121 for "Down Down Down".

Karswell said...

Oops! Thanks Mark...