Monday, March 2, 2015

Satan's Pawn

Start your week (and month) off with a stabby piece of insanity, it's another tantalizing tale of evil from the March 1954 issue of Adventures into Darkness #13. GCD credits Jack Sparling on art duty with a question mark... and hey, we've rounded out this post with a few hot, half-page bonuses too. Lots more monsters, murder, and mayhem from this issue coming up all this week-- stay tombed!










8 comments:

J_D_La_Rue_67 said...

Wow that Bill Gaines was really MAD... and to think there's a lot more like him on the loose!...
Sorry, I meant JOEL Gaines.

Keir said...

Did any of that story make sense?

Mestiere said...

Other than the word "Satan" in the title it wasn't really a horror story, more of a crime story. And there really is no explanation for either Joel's madness or Martha's attraction to him. Joel looks and sounds completely insane all the time; it's amazing he had a girlfriend and that anyone was ever willing to employ him.

The art gets increasingly awkward as the story advances. Rushed, perhaps?

"You shall have all the money you need, if you assign yourself to me, body and soul." Judging by that last panel, the Devil was more interested in the body!

A small town in Central Asia called "Cannery"? And "dragon-like monstruosities" came out of the ground and ate everybody. History was more exciting than we thought!

Mr. Cavin said...

Well he obviously has some kind of magic painting ability. He is able to operate his mahl stick in the splash by telekinesis, after all.

Usually, my favorite thing about comic stories featuring artist characters is the meta depiction of their work within the story, as drawn by the actual artist of that story. Sometimes it's really interesting the way comic book guys envision fine art, architecture, sculpture, ad illustration, etc. So I was a little saddened to be mostly denied that pleasure this time. Here again we have a "twist beginning", wherein the splash promises some things the story just refuses to deliver.

JMR777 said...

The last one page story, while a fun read, left me wondering if everyone in the village died from the flames or monsters, who was left to tell the tale? The dragons/monsters themselves? Now that would have been an interesting twist on the tale.

Brian Barnes said...

I like this one. The story just runs on until it runs out of energy but what's fun about the artist is he starts crazy, is crazy in the middle, and ends crazy.

Normally, defeat or rejection sends people over the edge in these types of stories, but our artist (had to be a swipe at Gaines over at EC) hasn't seen the edge in a long time, it's a fond memory for him!

There's some fun crazy faces, and I don't mind so much the weird perspective you get sometimes.

Karswell said...

This would've been a good William Castle film starring a nutzoid young Lloyd Bridges in the lead-- Hell, it looks almost exactly like him in that splash!

Thanks for the comments

Grant said...

Oddly enough, that green sculpture at the bottom of Page 3 is the spookiest thing in the story, and you only see it once.

Another interesting thing is Joel's longish hair. Is it just supposed to mean he's "neglecting his appearance" or is it meant to give him a "bohemian" artist look? Or both?