Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tale of Terror / Night-Monster

If you haven't picked up or ordered the new Yoe Books collection Comics About Cartoonists, here are a couple more tales from it to weirden your whistle! The first story reprinted from the January 1953 issue of Adventures into the Unknown #39, art by the great Lin Streeter, followed by a stomping Jay Disbrow creature feature romp originally presented in the September 1953 issue of Ghostly Weird Stories #120. You know you want this book, find out more and order NOW by clicking HERE!














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7 comments:

Karswell said...

Also another tale from last month / year-- HERE:

http://thehorrorsofitall.blogspot.com/2012/12/my-daddy-should-have-listened.html

Mestiere said...

A story where the participation of an observer is necessary for a supernatural phenomenon to manifest, in this case, it needed the observer's emotions. It reminds me of a storyline on Alan Moore's run of Swamp Thing where an increase in the belief of the supernatural would facilitate the manifestation of an Anti-God. Presumably the idea comes from quantum mechanics. A phenomenon needs an observer to happen, and to observe it you have to believe in it. Alleged UFO abductee Whitley Strieber has speculated that the beings that supposedly took him away are quantum beings and that when belief in UFOs crosses a particular threshold they would manifest on Earth instantly and irreversibly.

As for the second story, I guess they gave away that it was a dream when they showed that Thorg the alien had left two written warnings in English.

Brian Barnes said...

Everything Satan ever does seems to be the most roundabout way possible, but I guess if you are going to go to war with a omnipotent being over your pride, you aren't really a rational thinker.

I can't get enough of Satan holding up the woman's unconscious body to ink. How much harder is just doing the inking yourself, magically? Did he stop every once and a while to puppet her going to the bathroom or getting a sandwich?

4 arms would be so useful, though I could see learning to use them proficiently could be hard.

What size is Thorg, anyway, he seems to be pretty variable throughout the story!

@Mestiere: In that more story, it was the void before creation that was the "enemy", it was content until it realized it was something with the creation of something new -- which was god's creation of the universe. One of Moore's great, big ideas.

Tim Whitcher said...

"Tale of Terror":

Seems legit.

"Night Monster":

That's why I'll never live on a cul-de-sac.

Mr. Cavin said...

Tale of Terror has to be one of the very few comics of this ilk that doesn't include the tiresome final frame meta conceit that the creator's experience is the story you've just read! Totally refreshing! But a story in which Satan can write a script himself but needs to enslave humans to draw it for him? My, I'm not surprised that wasn't an Atlas story.

Groof! I love Disbrow's full-throttle insanity on pages two and five. That stuff's got massive oompf. Also really digging the cover of Ghostly Weird Stories which is so psychotically devoted to its own brush-strokey textile folds that it would be virtually meaningless without the garish colors.

JMR777 said...

Tale of Terror reminded me of the movie Cellar Dwellar, where the cartoonist draws the demon and it becomes real while white out poured on the drawing destroys it. A twist to this story would be for the devil to offer riches and fame to a struggling cartoonist to illustrate the story that would then be published by old scratch's publishing house (or maybe there is such a comic story out there waiting to be found. Beer cans were never recycled as much as pre code horror comics plots were.)

Karswell said...

Thanks for the comments-- would love to hear from anyone that picks up this book! It's a really fun mix of comic book genres (not just horror) so check it out!