Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Widow's Lover

Another sharp-edged tale from the Feb '55 issue of Amazing Ghost Stories #16, --pretty sure I'll just post the entire issue here this month, it's chock full of great art-- and no finer example than 6 pages of Joe Kubert pencils 'n inks! Followed by a one page bonus from THOIA fave, Everett Raymond Kinstler.








BONUS!

10 comments:

Drazen said...

Lovely and restrained art. I admit there's some panels that I wish had some more over the top, frenetic bulging eyes and sweating!:-)
Cool story too, lots of great lines.

Mestiere said...

When this story was written the guillotine was still in use. The last execution was in 1977. It has always amazed me that a country as culturally and historically relevant as France was chopping heads until that recently.

Turok1952 said...

This was an extremely well-written and illustrated tale. I like the idea that Moulin was allowed to wipe himself out, and that his successor, once apprised of the situation, was glad to assist him. The schmucks Moulin offed deserved it, anyway, and I absolutely loved the real-world attitude of Destin in timing his arrest. Very well done and I can't wait to see the rest of this issue.

ozzy osbourne said...

thanks karstein for the new story. Ive copied and pasted every single story on this website now into a folder for reading it took weeks to do. I'ts just for personal reading nothing more.

Anonymous said...

sure ozzie. sure. we understand.

Brian Barnes said...

Just beautiful. Lots of great angles in the art, and as always from somebody of Kubert's level, the real knowledge of when to use background and when to not (usually to make something stand out, like page 2, panel 2.)

I don't know about the pension "subplot" though, that was a little strange, "A superb performance" would have been a fine ending.

Karswell said...

First off, I'd like to thank THE Ozzy Osbourne for commenting on this post. My pleasure, mate! Secondly, I agree with all the comments here regarding this issue so far... can we assume that Amazing Ghost Stories was intended / produced for a more sophisticated sort of 1950's horror comic reader? Oh wait, you haven't seen Tuska's "The Tentacles of Death" yet-- coming up NEXT!

Tim Whitcher said...

"Explain it if you can!"

Shucks. I can't explain it.

Karswell said...

Apparently Joe Kubert passed away today, RIP...
:(

Mr. Cavin said...

Man, I thought this was very well written. I loved the banter between the skeptical cops (and that offhand real-worldliness is exactly why I do like the throwaway pension revelation at the end). I do wish they hadn't given the ending away in the splash, at least not if they wanted to present it as a big surprise. It was a great idea, and I think the story would have been stronger if they'd just said flat out "he'll be doing it himself" at the top of page two.

As for the art, well pre-code Kubert is my very favorite Kubert (rest in peace, Joe), and this was in no way disappointing. But what I loved the most was the coloring. Those bold splashes of out-of-place red, enough to make me think of all the out-of-panel gore, without being the least bit offensive. I never knew it was possible to do lurid subtly, but here you have it.