Thursday, May 16, 2013

Rat-Trap

The cover image featured on HAUNTED HORROR #5 (coming this July from IDW / Yoe Books) is from the November 1952 issue of Mister Mystery #8, --and so is today's hairy tale illustrated by Tony Mortellaro! If this one doesn't gnaw your brain to pieces, nothing will!





8 comments:

Brian Barnes said...

This reads like the first 4 pages of the origin of a long forgotten Batman villain. Except instead of getting eaten, he trains a horde of rats to steal jewels in elaborate rat-themed crimes.

Charlie's last name? Rat. Additional super power? Spontaneous hair loss!

This was a lot of fun, short, predictable end but non-predictable twist (the pills), and great art.

The cover is a joy to behold. Everything is spacially in a different dimension. Why there's a life ring inside a state room I'll never know.

Kars: I'm curious, why the slight color adjustment?

Mestiere said...

I wonder why only one rat kept visiting this inmate. What if it wasn't the same one? He might have been wasting his food trying to fatten multiple rats. But no, somehow it was always the same one and he could recognize it.

I remember an old 1977 National Geographic story about rats. It was The Rat: Lapdog of the Devil. Supposedly rats could survive falling from a five story building, and chew through steel. But they also were so flexible that they could fit through a hole the size of a quarter. No bending of iron bars necessary.

I liked the colors of this story.

Trevor M said...

You're doing a great job picking covers for Haunted Horror. This one is explosive.

A disturbing little rodent story. Not sure how taking vitamins instead of eating is going to keep him from losing weight, though???

Mr. Cavin said...

Wow, this was excellent. I liked the sympathetic character design and the odd-duck concept that a hard-to-navigate problem might be possible if one attempts to arrive at the solution obliquely. Like physics is just a riddle one might answer by tricking iron bars, for example, into looking the other way while they're getting bent. By the end, this story is far more a work of hoary impressionism than the usual illusion of fantastic reality--it's like the kind of tall tale usually accredited to Jack or Br'er Somebody. That seems pretty unique among the usual types of storytelling going on in the golden age.

lostcause said...

awesome and crazy, thnx ! am I the only person wondering why Charlie has fangs ?
that prison guard noticed Charlie's weight loss but did not notice a bear-sized rat in Charlie's cell

JMR777 said...

And the guard didn't notice the bars on the window were bent. The civil service test for prison guards back then must have been a breeze to pass.

(Couldn't pass up the chance to say it, James Cagney "You dirty rat!")

Karswell said...

Minor tweaking and color correcting on the covers is always essential because sometimes the ones we have to work with aren't always in the best shape.

More terror coming up-- sorry for the lack of comment engagement and steady posts, but I'm swamped again as usual with a zillion projects-- hang tuff horror hounds!

Steph said...

@lostcause:
Simple Charlie was locked up because he's a vampire... or a were-rat, take your pick xD