Friday, April 3, 2015

Escape to Death!

A sneak escape from jail, via hiding in a coffin, is an oft-told theme in horror comics with an oft-familiar conclusion. We've seen it happen oft-times here at THOIA over the years, and this time it's from the Oct '53 issue of Dark Mysteries #14, art by Jon D'Agostino.








7 comments:

Grant said...

Obviously the big technical question is, how did Gimpy become deaf AND mute from being boxed on the ears?

Brian Barnes said...

Yup, it's the same old "surprise cremation" story I've seen repeated, but to their credit, the deaf guy addition does change it up a little.

Another thing about this tale -- the addition of Honey. It's believable enough to think that a con wants to break out of jail; the addition of the woman isn't really a necessary element. Somebody didn't get a date that week, it seems!

The light and shadow work is really good on this one.

J_D_La_Rue_67 said...

@Grant: Because of the emotional shock he got: "Oh God! That guy made me deaf with a Karate-style thing! I LOVE him. I want to be his slave"
We're on the border between horror and crime story, but anyway the bad guy getting his medicine BEFORE he can have his revenge on the redheaded slut is actually another "faux pas" for this kind of story. At least, the mute guy should have switched tags on purpose. I'll hit the "funny" button... with both my hands.

Mestiere said...

What kind of crematorium was that? A hole in the ground with a fire? What if it rained? The crematorium should have looked more like this.

Tad was in a coffin with a false bottom, meaning there were two bodies in there! Wouldn't the guards know something was wrong when they carried over 300 pounds in that coffin? And even if they didn't notice Gimpy certainly would have because he was moving those coffins by himself at the "crematorium". But even if both Gimpy and the guards were superstrong and didn't notice, why didn't Gimpy free Tad first? How come he chose to burn Moran's body before releasing Tad? Had Gimpy burned Tad on purpose it would make a little more sense, but just a little.

Grant said...

I wonder how many of these stories (including non-horror ones, I mean) have the convict wanting revenge on a wife or girlfriend, as opposed to a partner. One that I can think of is the movie SITTING TARGET, which had Oliver Reed as the convict and (surprisingly, for such a grim story) Jill St. John as the wife. (Speaking of untrustworthy redhead characters.)

Mr. Cavin said...

The only thing I don't get is, I mean, is there something wrong with Gimpy's hearing? Seriously, maybe they should have mentioned his hearing troubles one or two more times? Honestly, maybe eleven times wasn't quite enough?

I love that splash panel with the dinosaur and the satyr family.

Grant said...

It was a safe bet that the characters in the splash panel wouldn't figure in the story, but like you, I thought they were entertaining. Especially the slightly "cute" (instead of threatening) dinosaur.