Saturday, February 21, 2015

This Ship is Doomed!

Many of you seem to enjoy these Horrors on the High Seas posts, and we've got another one sailing your way now from the March - April 1952 issue of Witchcraft #1 from Avon. No art credit listed at GCD, though I'm fairly certain this is Harry Lazarus...


Mestiere said...

"You know the tradition, Ned...when the captain brings his wife or daughter to sail with him, the ship is doomed." What if it was a female captain? She couldn't bring her husband or son? After all, we know there were female pirates. Some were captains and others the wives—or lovers—of pirate captains.

Funny that Nina takes the misogynist legend seriously but not her father or boyfriend. Although Nina's dad seemed capable of being convinced at the end. "I've learned my lesson, Captain Farl. Superstitions about women really are true!"

Maybe Captain Farl didn't need to murder doctor Barton or try to murder Nina. Just appearing in front of her dad might have been enough to convince him.

"That's... that's Captain Farl!"
"Vanishing... going back to his grave!"
I often wonder about the rules that govern these apparitions. Captain Farl's ghost needed to bring his coffin on board to manifest himself on that ship, but not his corpse! His corpse was apparently back in his grave!

Another fun story.

Brian Barnes said...

Honestly, I've been reading this blog for years and I think that's the first time I've seen a zombie straight up punch a guy in the face! I know it's more than likely not, but I swear it's the first zombie sucker punch!

The art is good in this, but the daughter's dress is interesting, I'm pretty sure it's a lift from a famous actress or model of the day, or maybe from one of the universal horror films. I know I recognize it.

It's a good read but it has that weird pre-code zombie/ghost logic, where the monster is at times a ghost, and a times a zombie.

Mr. Cavin said...

I really like those busy storm panels at the top of page three. That's some emotional stuff. I also like the whacked-out cover on this issue. Bottled werewolf? We'll make a mint!

J_D_La_Rue_67 said...

To be honest, I didn't know this tradition. Quite convenient for the captain who has a woman in every port. The cop's line in page 4 is somehow funny: "It's Dr. Livingston, Barton ...(I presume)". Maybe Livingston is supposed to be his first name, but it made me think of Livingstone.

Tim Curran said...

Great story. Love shipboard tales. Trying to remember another ship tale. I think it had a splash page with ghouls/zombies with long stick arms but no hands. This ring a bell with anyone? It's really bugging me that I can't think of this one.