Monday, March 10, 2014

Her Lips Dripped Blood

What the heck, let's extend our Week of Werewolves for one more post with this delicious journey into fur-- errr, the Sept '53 issue of Journey into Fear #15, I mean! You can also find this great story reprinted in HAUNTED HORROR #2! I get emails all the time from people saying they still can't find the early HH issues, the first three (for those that need reminding) can also be found in our HAUNTED HORROR collected hardcover as well, click HERE!  Hope everyone enjoyed the themed subject matter, we'll do another week of something gruesome next month (or maybe sci-fi or mad scientists as some of you suggested) --I'll start scouring the Karswell archives!











9 comments:

Brian Barnes said...
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Mestiere said...

"HERE LIES A WEREWOLF". I love it! Every cemetery should have a headstone like that. That and "IN CASE OF ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE BREAK GLASS".

If Betty was the werewolf then that first panel should be considered awfully revealing.

How lucky that Bill killed his werewolf wife in the only town where they would believe his story.

Bill ended up a widower but it could have been worse: they could have had children.

Thanks for extending Wolf Week!

Mr. Cavin said...

Excellent! And with a totally cool ink job, too. This guy has a lot of different brush sizes to choose from--tiny skinny ones on panel two, page two; huge fat ones on panel five, page four. The effect is far more charming and integrated here than I usually think it is. My favorite panels are at the bottom of page eight where the story calmly goofs on the Red Riding Hood tropes introduced earlier. That "Kill... kill!" panel looks delightfully like a Halloween party werewolf. Hot stuff!

Long live werewolf week!

Cheswick Stoddard said...

Why the heck would a werewolf get a burial on sanctified ground, let alone a headstone to mark his grave? That's the sort of situation where you put the body in a sack, dig a shallow hole at the crossroads, and try to move on with your post-monster-attack life.

JMR777 said...

In the first page top panel the girl could have said
"Gosh honey, lay off the sauce! One drink too many and you turn into an animal."

Brian Barnes said...

Either I'm not pushing the right buttons -- which is strange because I'm a computer programmer! -- but my comments keep getting eaten, potentially by a werewolf.

Let's try to recreate the comment. Artist has a bit of Al Feldstein in him, just a version of Al that was hit by a log and lost all concept of human anatomy! I've tried to recreate the left hand on the splash in my chair and my have dislocated a shoulder ...

I enjoy the strange, troll-like werewolf. Obviously, the artist couldn't quite figure out if he wanted a human werewolf (wolf man) or wolf werewolf, and combined them for hilarious results. Of course, conveniently, in the last page, she's all human werewolf.

Karswell said...

Your comment is there, in fact you were the first person to comment, Brian! Sometimes it takes a while for comments to publish-- I'm not sure why this is. And sometimes I find legit comments in my spam folders so I move them to the inbox and publish then later than usual. This is kind of a rare occurance though.

Thanks for all the comments so far, loold like Werewolf Week was a howling success!

Grant said...

Cheswick Stoddard is right. One of the favorite clich├ęs in these stories is the character kept out of hallowed ground.

Grant said...

I don't know whether the story was just being inconsistent, but one interesting thing is how Bill keeps getting after Clara one moment, then defending her to people like the police the next moment. He doesn't like her, but he's not about to let that influence him if he thinks she didn't do the killings, I think that's it.