Monday, May 27, 2013

The Drums of Cajou / Death Drum

Happy Memorial Day, everyone! How about a double header dose of voodoo drum doom on this special holiday-- two jungle jittery classics, again, from the Seduction of the Innocent reprint / recolor Eclipse Comics series of the 80's-- the first tale originally presented in the April 1953 issue of Out of the Shadows #8 with art by George Roussos, and the second story from the December 1952 issue of Adventures into Darkness #7illustrated by Artie Saaf.


Mestiere said...

The first story was confusing. Neal and his young wife Helaine are presumably Americans since Neal talks about going back to the states to finish their honeymoon. But he says "we" when talking about eliminating "devil doctors" from Haiti. I know the US occupied Haiti between 1915 and 1934 so perhaps it was an allusion to that. But the captain keeps saying "M'sieu Gordon", so he's French? Could it be that the writer did not know Haiti was a sovereign country? They got rid of the French in 1804, during Napoleonic times. Maybe he couldn't conceive of a black country governing itself.

Why was a young couple relevant to what presumably was a military operation? What were the people in the airplane doing in Haiti?

And isn't Haiti the country of the zombies? What's with the vampires?
Strange story.

I guess in the second story it's ambiguous if the witch doctor was real or in Chip's head. I vote for the second.

Brian Barnes said...

Both fun stories. The mix up of zombies and vampires is par for the course in some of these tales, and actually is an interesting angle that has a lot of permutations. Zombies and vampires are relatively well related in certain aspects.

The first tale features my favorite type of adventure, the guy who seems to be really experienced but might loose a game of tic-tac-toe to a brick. He obviously believes the evil powers of voodoo, and brings along his wife. On her honeymoon. To hunt dangerously powerful witch doctor. And, of course, doesn't at all suspect anything when the mysterious woman appears. From the plane crash. They just talked about. Who of course endless falls for his ruggedness!

The second one I also like a lot. The art is clean (and I'm going to go back on what I said earlier), and it works great here because while there is a supernatural element, it's more of a mad killer story, and the art works great here, especially the crazy eyes.

What a great two-fer. And Blaze Starr! Everybody should do an image search for more pictures of this set.

Mr. Cavin said...

It seems to me that traveling all the way to Haiti to persecute someone based on their religion is a pretty clear case of ethnic cleansing.

I love the art in the second story--and even love that groovy psychedelic recolor on the last panel of page three.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry if this comment is out of place, but I'm wondering if you horror fans here could help me.
Years ago, there was a one shot(?) horror comic on the market in the style of the EC classics, snarky narrator and all. One of the stories was a tale about a geeky high school student turned scientist who discovers an asteroid on a collision course for Earth, and uses this to gain what he never had in school-fame, women, revenge on the school bully, etc. What makes the story stick out is that it was also a "Spider-Man" homage-the scientist was a Peter Parker analogue, the school bully was modeled after Flash Thompson,and so on.
Does anyone recall this comic?

Fran Xavier said...

"Drums of Death" was probably inspired by an old Cornell Woolrich short story, the tile of which I can't recall.