Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Walking Horror! / The Horror House

Another double shot of horror today, as we continue our Double Feature Month here at THOIA-- and we're sticking with Atlas for a few more posts-- tale number one is another selection from the November 1954 issue of Marvel Tales #128, and tale number two is, again, from the July 1954 issue of Marvel Tales #125.









7 comments:

Karswell said...

And fyi: this completes the entire issue of Marvel Tales #128 here at THOIA-- check the archives for: Emily, "When a Vampire Dies", The Man Who Meddled!, Oh Baby!, and of course today's Walking Horror.

PLUS! The next post will feature the remaining two tales from Marvel Tales #125 too-- issue completists, this is your week!

Mestiere said...

The first one is like The Twilight Zone episode Eye of the Beholder. But it appeared six years earlier.

Curiosity is Humanity's weakness? I can think of much worse weaknesses than that one.

Brian Barnes said...

"Walking Horror", page 2, last panel, looks like Jack Davis drew it. I wouldn't be able to tell it apart if quizzed. Even the coloring looks EC-ish!

I'd love to see the Venusians return to Venus.

"Time to draw up the war plans, we've discovered their weakness!"

"Good, what is it? Poison? Explosives? What?"

"It is curiosity, sir!"

"Cancel the invasion. Have this man executed!"

Mr. Cavin said...

Man I'm really enjoying this Atlas double-feature month. Both of the rat panels in Walking Horror were excellent, as well as every panel on page three of Horror House. There is nothing more satisfying in horror comics (to me) than very experimental four-page b-features with incredible art.

sfdoomed said...

I second Mr. Cavin's words on the double Atlas tales appreciation. The mood of the artwork in almost every Atlas horror comic (it's uncanny how they're all so similar, even with many different artists) is just perfect.

I was beaten to the two comments that came to mind while reading "Walking Horror": it predated Twilight Zone's "Eye of the Beholder" and some of the panels were very Jack Davis like in style (especially those fingers).

An interesting side note on Rod Serling: I just read somewhere that he was originally slated to be the host of "In Search Of" before he died and was replaced by Leonard Nimoy. That would have been very cool (apparently he did a few "In Search Of" documentaries that came out before the show got picked up).

Thanks for the killer job as always, Karswell.

Karswell said...

Glad everyone is digging the Double Features this month! I thought I'd do one more Atlas post and start mixing it up with other publishers... thoughts?

Turok1952 said...

I love Atlas! Please do!

Again, both are classic essentially Lee stories. There were a number of stories in Atlas-Marvel that featured the theme of Walking Horror, all geared toward causing us to think about what constitutes beauty and ugliness.

Horror House, I figured, would turn out to be some type of living entity. I loved it, also, and a surprise for me lay in the chimpanzee-looking Venusians.

Wunderbar!