Wednesday, May 7, 2014


After the unexpected news of the great Dick Ayers passing away, we now detour back to the second Frank Thorne illustrated tale as promised; this time as part of our ever inconsistent "Werewolf Wednesday" theme (and it's a werewolf western to boot!) From the May 1975 magazine issue of Devilina #2, with story by John Albano.

WARNING: Features boobs 'n blood! ADULTS ONLY!!!


Mestiere said...

In this story the monster is the hero. I don't know in what state or territory the action takes place, but when it came to cowboys and Indians it was always going to be a horror show.

In the case of California, the state with the largest Indian population—a population that had stayed large under Spain and Mexico—the drop was 80 percent within 20 years of the arrival of the forty-niners. In the words of General George Crook, himself responsible for killing thousands of Indians, remembering his youth around the mining town of Yreka: "It was of no unfrequent ocurrence for an Indian to be shot in cold blood, or a squaw to be raped by some brute. Such a thing as a white man being punished for outraging an Indian was unheard of." That's why the medicine man had to take revenge in his own hands.

Why was the colonization of the West so horrible? When you have large numbers of people moving into a territory with no infrastructure, no police, no effective government and an overwhelming excess of men bad things will happen. Another thing to think about is that, since well over 90 percent of the US population back then lived in the eastern half of the country (it's still about three-quarters), if a person was an outlaw where could he escape to but to the West? For many years there have been an excess of serial killers in western cities like Portland for the same reason. The killers are almost never local.

The art here reminded me a little bit of Joe Kubert's. That's a good thing. Perhaps my only quibble is that the rapist in page six, panel six seems to be falling apart rather than being torn apart.

Thanks for publishing this story.

Brian Barnes said...

Rape is a very hard thing to use in pretty much any media, for purposes of setting up a revenge story. Even worse, we get many pin-up shots of the victim before the rape occurs.

I'm not in any manner calling for censorship at all, and this is a good story, well paced, well drawn, and full of pathos. Like a good piece of art, it's a little icky to read, and a bit of shock value. It's not an especially necessary element, but it's also the reality of the time.

That said, how the Indian maiden got to be Polynesian, I'll never know :)

I utterly enjoyed the panel where the first rapist literally popped. I had no idea werewolves had that power!

Kars, was this one of the magazine I gave you? I swear I saw this before!

Karswell said...

I'm not sure, BB, I thought you mostly gave me Skywald stuff and a few Warrens.

Ok, thanks for the comments... another Atlas double feature up next