Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Werewolf Lurks

In our last post we saw a werewolf that stalked, now this time we got one that likes to lurk 'n leer at leggy ladies in lingerie! It's a wild bit of lycan lunacy from the May 1952 issue of Journey into Fear #7, and hmm - tra - la - la, why it looks like a werewolf took a bite out of my cover-- wah!








8 comments:

Mestiere said...

"Good grief! What is that? Looks like nothing human!" It kind of looks like a guy with a cape. But go right ahead and shoot.

"The poor Colleen is dead!" Turns out the cop knew the victim out of eight million New Yorkers. The guys in blue really care!

"Hmm-tra-la-la-la-" And she was so happy combing her hair standing in front of those huge glass doors. The irony! By the way, that is some comic book decompression on page four. Five panels and very little dialogue for one werewolf attack. A comic ahead of its time!

"You'll never make it, wolf man!" Since bullets didn't stop the werewolf, what to do? The villain didn't count on Lieutenant Scott smarts: he just moved the building next door exactly one inch further away. The genius!

I haven't been bored yet!

Grant said...

There's also that line the moment the phone rings - "I was expecting this call."
Does this rotary phone have caller ID?
(If so, that's one of the few later kinds of phone technology that I actually WISH had been around early on, since it's a kind of phone technology that's a lot harder to abuse than most.)

brandiweed said...

"The poor Colleen is dead!" Turns out the cop knew the victim out of eight million New Yorkers.

Sure an 'twas an Oirish cop, begorrah-- but the writer didn't know you wouldn't capitalize "colleen" in that usage.

I thought this "wolf man" looked weirdly leonine.

Trevor Markwart said...

I like the urbane werewolf angle in this one. I always get a kick out of a werewolf who dresses up to go kill. I was reminded of THE WEREWOLF OF LONDON where he turns into the werewolf, then puts on his scarf and cap before he goes out on the prowl. There was even an up to the balcony/bedroom scene like in LONDON. Not a great story, but quick and fun to read the absurd dialogue as others have noted. Thanks for posting.

Brian Barnes said...

Sadly, everybody got to the good goofy points before I could be snarky about it, so let's instead focus on one of the stranger elements of these stories.

Why attack only attractive women? He just murders them and runs away. There's no other angle that makes it necessary for the victims to be attractive women. He doesn't need "young female blood", there's no sexual assault (though implied, maybe, page Dr. Wertham!), it just makes it harder to find victims.

Of course, the publisher screaming at the artist "draw more pretty dames, with long stems! I like the stems!" probably had something to do with it ...

Mestiere said...

Sure an 'twas an Oirish cop, begorrah-- but the writer didn't know you wouldn't capitalize "colleen" in that usage.

So that's what it is! I take off my cocked hat to you, brandiweed, for figuring it out so readily. I've been slacking on my Irish slang because somebody is after me lucky charms!

Grant said...

The Irish cop (usually a likeable one) is one cliché I never seem to get tired of.

Mr. Cavin said...

RE: Leonine

I thought he looked pretty unique too. Might just be a weird printing glitch, or the color passes aging differently, but if someone came along and told me the face had been altered on the cover art to look more like the odd werewolf inside the book, I would be easy to convince.

I love the panel where the wolf-man's claws are scrabbling at the edge of the building, and the one beside it where he's falling. Nice stuff. I also think the empty gun is one of the most effective examples of a circular panel, something I far more often than not completely detest.

This has been a great week!