Tuesday, November 3, 2015

In the Coils of the Python Queen

THOIA returns after taking a rather forced holiday breather, plus a plethora of sexy side projects put our ever lovin' blog on the back burner for a week or so, not to mention the myriad of technical difficulties, and well... oh Hell, let's just get on with the story, shall we? How about a slithery Jim McLaughlin chiller from the Nov. '53 issue of The Beyond #23 to drag us back from the dead?


Mr. Cavin said...

...and then several innocent circus security guards were sentenced to hash out their post traumatic depression in jail cells on murder two charges. The life of circus security is fraught with many dangers, people.

I liked the art here. Usually I'm not in love with lazy panels designed with foreground subjects floating in blank negative space; but this guy really seemed to use the look well. I really grooved on all the images in which the snakes were really dark--almost subliminal--while the figures they were interacting with were brightly lit (the bottom row of page three, or the last panel of four, etc.). I know some of that is probably due to the cheap printing (and also the age of the page), but it's a really moody effect regardless.

Welcome back! Hope you had a great Halloween!

J_D_La_Rue_67 said...

Queen Crimson ! :D

Brian Barnes said...

Nice art, all around. Like Mr. Calvin said, this guy had good use of the negative space. It's a fun little tale of revenge, though way overly word-y. With an artist like that, there's no reason to use so many balloons!

Page 2, panel 6, I have no idea what's going on. We've had muddy printing but that one takes the cake!

Welcome back, Karswell! And Happy (late) Halloween!

Grant said...

Being so attached to reptiles, my one pet peeve is how they "have to" shoot the snake that turns out to be Molurus. I know it's just a story, but there's probably no such thing as a snake that chases people! So (twenty feet long or not) what's with HAVING TO shoot it?

I'm also curious about the names "Molurus" and "Boidae." They're certainly not Indian-sounding names as far as I know (they sound a lot more Greek). Is there any particular significance to those two names, or are they just meant to sound exotic?

To some degree, this story seems inspired by the movie CULT OF THE COBRA. Though I don't know which came first.

Mestiere said...

"As Harley's man fired, the python seemed to scream with almost human agony".

Had Harley and his men been better informed they would immediately have known that something was terribly wrong. Snakes have no vocal chords nor a larynx and therefore can't scream (they also have no eyelids or ears).

The name of Molurus is from Python molurus the scientific name of the Indian python. Boidae is the scientific name of a snake family: the boas. The writer had an encyclopedia and was giving away the fact that the villagers were snakes!

The idea of a race of intelligent snakes that can take human form is part of Hindu mythology. That's probably why the comic reminded you of the movie Cult of the Cobra despite predating it by two years. The nagas of Hinduism and Buddhism are supposed to be a dangerous race of serpent-like beings who live underground. There is in fact a laundry list of mythologies and traditions about serpent-like or reptilian races in dozens of cultures all over the world. The modern talk about reptilian aliens is presumably its modern iteration.

They used a flamethrower with the python! Were did they even get one?.

Grant said...

Thank you. I thought at least the name Boidae seemed familiar, but (in spite of liking the subject so much) I couldn't place it. Yes, snakes play a huge part in traditions, and of course not always as the "bad guys" (something people are led to think in this part of the world).

This might be the only comic book suspense story I know of (apart from parodies, maybe) where a MALE character yells "EEEK!!"