Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Burn, Miser, Burn / Money Hungry

Today we have another side by side comparison of a sizzlin' 50's golden age horror tale vs. its Eerie Publications 70's remake --a hot little number with origins from the June 1953 issue of Mysterious Adventures #14, then revived from the dead and face lifted two decades later for the March 1971 issue of Terror Tales #V3#2 (same issue as the re-draw from our last post.) Anyone have an artist credit for either version? Countdown to The Howler howlin' in 3... 2... 1...


Mike H said...

Fraga did the Pubs one. All credits where known are in the Masterlist Index,

Brian Barnes said...

This one is a much closer lift. The panelings are nearly the same, only with a slight update on hair styles. Again, not the best pick for an Eerie redo -- there's not a lot of places to add skulls or big inkly blots of blood.

I have to queue up my broken record again on coloring. While the opinion on the washed look at Eerie can be all over the map, it's hard to believe the pre-code coloring is doing that story any good.

Two interesting changes: the wording of the last caption (emphasizing "dead") and the odd choice of making the mother less witch like. You'd think they'd instead make one of her eyes hanging out!

I like this "series" Kars, it's pretty fascinating to see what they changed and how each artist re-interprets.

Mestiere said...

The more recent version is good, although I thought it would be more violent.

How did "mother" get up those stairs? I guess she didn't.

"Most women think that when they marry, they won't have to work anymore." Ah, the fifties!

Mother had over a quarter million dollars in cash. That's about 2.2 million in today's money. Why didn't she put it in the bank? Just the interest probably would have matched whatever Jeremiah was making at his job.

This comparisons are interesting. Let's see some more!

Mr. Cavin said...

I didn't think it could happen to me, but I really do like the Eerie redraw better than the original (not that it doesn't just reuse many of those breakdowns). Fraga's masterful drafting, claustrophobic blacks, and relatively light touch with the halftones make for really lovely work. I too am a little surprised the Pubs version wasn't more tarted up, but what can you do? Ultimately, I think her burnt feet is the more horrifying conclusion, but the rest is really tight.

I'm loving this comparison series.

JMR777 said...

First story has the look of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, the twist ending would have been the old gal's money was just Confederate money.