Friday, August 31, 2012

The Sea of the Dead

Another nightmarish, atmospheric terror tale from the June 1952 issue of Unknown Worlds #1. GCD indexer note about the art here: Bob Forgione is credited on pencils and Jack Abel on inks for "Unknown World" (as listed in Jerry Bails' Who's Who.) Being a one-shot title, and with the other stories credited, this has to be Forgione and Abel. Forgione's pencil work is very similar to some of his signed stories elsewhere, with many close-ups of faces, but Abel is a bit uncertain.











11 comments:

Brian Barnes said...

Another great tale; I usually make fun of the coloring but the yellow/green tones on the dead are perfect.

The art is wonderful, so I can forgive the annoying perspective problem on page 2, panel 6 (I always complain!) The moving dolphin carving and the captain's reaction are all pretty horrifying.

We see so few slow builds in pre-code, and even fewer done as well as this.

JMR777 said...

This could have been made into a Twilight Zone or Night Gallery episode, and it would have been ranked as one of the best.

Great find as always Karswell

Mr. Cavin said...

The barnacles were a good touch. The sinking scene was very effective, too. I loved the art, and I thought the color was really nuanced--lighter and darker shades of blue when outside, etc.--when it wasn't being artfully radical. The use of darkness and light was near enough the best I've seen, what with all the half-glimpsed people haunting the deck. All the swirling eddies of foreshadowing fog really made it look like the ship was under the water from the very beginning, too.

Story was a little overwritten though: "But when dark thoughts have inundated a man's thoughts, it is not easy to still the troubled waters of the soul." Sing it, Garfunkle!

Karswell said...

I agree with All the comments, especially if this story had been filmed as a T Zone (or Thriller) episode. Actually I do recall an episode of something that was very similar to this, anyone got any clues?

One more tale to go from this issue, only 3 stories in this one... we'll be starting up September with it here shortly. Thanks again for the continued support and feedback, keeps the Karswell motivation flowing when you comment!

Mestiere said...

There is an episode of the first season of The Twilight Zone titled Judgement Night where the commander of a U-boat is made to be a passenger on a ship he sank over and over. It's superficially similar in that the punishment happens on a sinking ship.

Karswell said...

Thanks Mestie, that's the one I was thinking of!

Ger Apeldoorn said...

Actually, I see very little that reminds me of Forgione or Abel here. Forgione's figures were alwyas a bit more caricatured and the inking seems to loose for the always slick Abel.

THE BLOB said...

THIS IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE STORIES

Karswell said...

I agree Ger, it's why I mentioned the GCD index notes.

I agree with The Blob too!

Doug Brunell said...

This is wonderful!

Dr. Theda said...

Cool Creepy sea tale .... I really liked the Undead....Note A "Revenge-Motivated" Undead is called a "Reveramt".... From Folklore...