Thursday, January 12, 2017

The 13 Dead Things

More gruesome horror from Skywald's psychotic 70's black and white magazine series, specifically, the November 1973 issue of Psycho #15. This one is extremely brutal-- so hold on to your heads!

























7 comments:

Turtle said...

Nice Count of Monte Cristo tribute.

Mestiere said...

Observations:

• If the count was declared mad by a judge why was he in prison instead of an insane asylum?

• They had twelve pages to fill and they would use them all even if they had to show all thirteen imaginary murders twice!

• There is no Marsoule, France, but there is a Marcoule. It's a gigantic nuclear site in southern France, hundreds of miles away from the Seine river where the count was supposed to be thrown into. It was used for the fabrication of the French atom bomb. It started using a Phénix nuclear reactor in the early 70s, close to the date this story would have been written. That's probably where the writer got the name.

...and then they [the guards] permitted the 13 rats to move to another occupied cell and another...raving lunatic... That poor prison only had 13 rats (although they must have been huge). And they were only allowed to eat one "raving lunatic" at a time. It looks like being sent to that prison was a death sentence. Why go through the expenditure of building and maintaining a prison, paying the guards and training the rats(!) instead of just killing the prisoners right away?

• Thirteen imaginary murders, thirteen rats. Get it? No? Neither do I! It's like the nonsense you would see in European horror movies from the 70s. It's part of the charm!

BTX said...

Skywald comics thrived on Horror Logic (Horror Mood). It was nightmare dream logic similar to the Italian horrors of Bava, Argento and Fulchi.

Guy Callaway said...

Obviously the backstory of The Forgotten Prisoner Of Castel-Mare.
I'm in a confused-mood: why is there a werewolf on the cover of an all-ghoul issue?

glowworm2 said...

"Despite all my rage, I'm being eaten by the rats in my cage."
I love how the prisoner never does get his revenge but we get to see two possible scenarios of what would have happened if he did--and I love how it derails into absolute insanity each time. Also, I love how page 10 has blood all over the page itself due to all the gore!

Brian Barnes said...

This is a beautiful piece of work -- one of the great examples of what Hewetson was going for. It's an excuse to show progress scenes of insanity, twice! It's less a story than a collection of stuff meant to illicit emotion ... and notice that the corpse decays slowly with every panel.

The 2nd to last panel is a great use of foreground elements.

Dr. Theda said...

Have not seen this tale since childhood (my slightly older Uncle had a copy) these "Horror Mood" comics were the only "Horror" comics that you could buy in this town... (No comics of any kind sold this side of Charlotte for many years)....