Wednesday, February 7, 2018

HAUNTED HORROR #32 IN STORES NOW!

The theme for HAUNTED HORROR #32 (in stores today!) was creeps from the deep, and they certainly don't get much creepier or deepier than this Lin Street(i)er classic, originally presented in the June 1953 issue of Forbidden Worlds #18. Pick up the new HH issue NOW for even more watery precode terror tales from the likes of: George Evans, Gene Colan, Sheldon Moldoff, and King Ward! It's seriously and dreariously our soggiest issue yet! I love making up words!!!















10 comments:

glowworm2 said...

That sea vampire story is ridiculously awesome. It's just so over the top that it's a lot of fun to read. Also, that design for the sea vampire is great too.

JMR777 said...

A sea vampire, there's a new one, or maybe not since Sirens lured sailors to their doom much as a sea vampire would.

Guy Callaway said...

Dirk: "Sea vampires?...that's silly...wait a minute, It's true!!...what's that? ...yeah, that explains it...oh God, sea vampires!!...what a crock...yet...Lord, sea vampires!!"
Dirk, do you realize the money you could make flipping real estate? Just come to one of my lectures...

Mr. Cavin said...

I am such a sucker for these stripy Lin Streeter splash panels (this one is so energetic! Like Battle Cat getting electrocuted on a zebra skin rug!). Combine that with honest-to-god Ben Day screens (you can tell by the fact that the 50% screens are angled lines instead of dots), and this one was a total winner with me long before I even got to the fleshy naked blond vampire fish things.

Mestiere said...

"Hmph! Somethin' fishy here ...he don't look like he ain't eaten for three days!" Funny, today I'm finishing a three day fast. I wonder how old Jensen would know I haven't been eating and whether he would think I'm a vampire.

Salagua, somebody translated "salt water" into Spanish. Salt water is the thing that turned him into a vampire. He was telling you who he was the whole time! What a twist!

"The sun... sucks the moisture from my body! I take the hated man form!" This must be the best kind of vampire since sunlight won't kill them.

"Do you think it's possible, then, that he was killed by a passing flock of vampire bats? We're close to the West Indies, you know... If it wasn't for the fact that vampire bats are not from the West Indies, they don't flock over the ocean and they don't kill people it would make perfect sense.

"Vampires are vampires, whatever their form! And silver is the one thing that will kill them!" Isn't that werewolves? Anyway, treasure hunters will be glad that sea vampires stay away from sunken Spanish galleons.

"As a ship's captain you can marry people, I understand... Well, how about marrying me?" Yes! Now that my whole crew is dead it's the perfect moment to get married!

I liked the craziness.

glowworm2 said...

Mestiere "Vampires are vampires, whatever their form! And silver is the one thing that will kill them!" Isn't that werewolves?
Actually, silver will kill a lot of supernatural creatures--it's actually quite common in a lot of these vampire comics from this era for the vampire to meet his or her demise through silver--although it needn't be bullets as the method used in this comic to dispose of the sea vampire is a rather creative one.

Mestiere said...

I agree, glowworm2, it's an original way to kill a vampire. The problem is that in real life silver nitrate is a poison. It might have killed Salagua of internal bleeding even if he wasn't a vampire. And captain Malone hadn't been completely sure he was a vampire since he had thought of revealing him with a bucket of water. It's as if to say:"You know what is lethal to vampires? Arsenic! We'll put it in his food and if he dies it's because he was a vampire!"

Brian Barnes said...

This is another tale where we have a hero that's both slow to catch on (from vampires don't exist to who is the vampire) and fast to catch on (the silver trick.)

I love the more comical drawing of a vampire, at times it's less horror and more goofy rubber monster. There's a pretty large number of heads shots, and the final one on the last page looks like it might have been cut out from somewhere else in the story, or something removed.

BTW -- I love how terrible 50s dames are written -- You're floating around in a boat full of corpses, after just killing a goofy vampire. I think marriage can wait a bit!

glowworm2 said...

Mestiere, in issue #10 of Adventures into the Unknown, the male protagonist of "Vampire's Castle" gets rid of the vampire he accidentally revived (or rather accidentally created from the body of a man who tried and failed to become one--it's a bit of a crazy story) by tossing a small vial of silver chloride from his photographic equipment. A crazy way to kill a vampire--but fairly effective as the vampire freaks out and goes crashing out the window to his death.

Mestiere said...

glowworm2, when you mentioned that story I looked it up. I found it here. It's a lot of silly fun.