Monday, May 5, 2014

RIP Dick Ayers (April 28, 1924 – May 4, 2014)

Honoring the life and legacy of comic hero Dick Ayers (April 28, 1924 - May 4, 2014) with a double feature encore presentation of two chilling Atlas horror tales-- the first from the April 1952 issue of Adventures into Weird Worlds #5, the second from the July 1953 issue of Adventures into Terror #21. RIP












7 comments:

Dr. Theda said...

I had met him a couple of times at Comic Book conventions....
So Sorry to hear of his passing....

Brian Barnes said...

She wanted to look beautiful forever, at least she kept her body, her looks, not so successful ...

Two fun, quick Atlas tells, with great art. Both feature the Atlas mainstay of the moving closer to static images (more so in the last one) and just some great close-ups of undead or vampire (demon?) faces.

RIP Dick Ayers, so soon after the passing of another great, Al Feldstein. It's been a bad couple of days.

Mestiere said...

In the first story I liked how, rather than having to dig the dead up to get to their valuables, the grave robber just has to walk around an underground system of tunnels he made and the coffins are just there, waiting for him to do just a little bit more digging. There's even a little staircase! The tunnels never collapsed, nobody ever found them despite all the digging done at graveyards and he never got caught even though he was selling stuff belonging to the dead right next to the cemetery.

In the second story we learn a valuable lesson. Don't try to resurrect a dead man because it might turn out that he was a demon all along. Wait, what?

Great fun!

JMR777 said...

Its tough to lose a great in the field of comics, horror or otherwise.

I second what Brian Barnes said, its been a BAD couple of days for horror comics fans worldwide.

Mr. Cavin said...

As has been said before elsewhere, the final page of I Crawl Through Graves is just an amazing expression of quietly eerie horror. And for my money, the fifth panel on page three of Doctor Molnar's Corpse is the tip-top too: all that fat gestural inking, the blue -on-yellow depth, (and even that accidental beam of red peeking from the misregistered purple shadows). I really wish I could see that panel without the mildly obtrusive dialog balloon.

Rest in peace, Mr. Ayers.

Karswell said...

Tons more Ayers classics in the THOIA Archive, just use the handy search engine at the top of the page

Grant said...

I'm very sorry to hear about Dick Ayers and Al Feldstein, so close together.

"I just can't feel comfortable in this suit."
Maybe that's because it's a sort of "zoot suit" and it's 1953 instead of 1943! (Not that I would be embarrassed for a reason like that, since nothing ever really "dates badly" for me.)