Friday, May 11, 2018

The Bleeding Platter

Here we go again with a mad artist tale that'll definitely leave you scratchin' your severed noggin', from the March 1953 issue of The Unseen #9 --and this one certainly begs the ultimate, unanswered, climactic question: "HOW DOES HE DO IT??!!" Oh, note the merged signature on the splash as well, "MIKEROSS" which could only mean the terrific team-up of Mike Esposito and Ross Andru. And finally, today's post is rounded out with a Creepy Scrapbook entry (believe 'em or don't) --plus some Eerie Puzzle fun!

Extraordinary! Mr. Karswell has found a third version of a theme explored in two previous stories here, "The Store at the Cemetery" and "Design for Death"! Makes one wonder if a writer tried selling the same script to different titles... -- Nequam













8 comments:

Joe Allegretti said...

Maybe it's me, but I couldn't enlarge the title page enough to read it. joe a

Mr. Karswell said...

Apologies... it's fixed now. Not sure what happened as I always double check each scan after uploading to make sure they open correctly and that the page order is right etc. The only thing I can think that could've happened is when Nequam went in and added that paragraph to the story intro, it somehow disabled the ability to enlarge the first scan somehow.

Joe Allegretti said...

Thanks for all your hard work! Really appreciate it. joe

Grant said...

The story of course is in the tradition of those wax museum horror stories, and maybe especially Roger Corman's "Bucket of Blood."
Though the ending reminds you a little of the ending of his "Little Shop of Horrors."

JMR777 said...

Great find as always, Karswell.

Me myself I wouldn't want to buy a South American shrunken head, either I would end up misplacing it or the fool thing would talk to me at midnight-and I flunked Spanish so I would never know what it was saying.


Brian Barnes said...

Can nobody label the exit on this mazes? I swear I've seen a bunch of comic mazes where nobody labeled the exit! It's more than likely the upper left but come on!

The splash is awesome and the art is great, though out. This is a story without a lot of monster action (and a lot of talking heads) so that's harder to illustrate that normal, so extra points there.

Of course, the real unanswered question was not how he got that lady in the kiln, but what was the certain card sequence Leuben was trying to get???

Mr. Cavin said...

Hm. I don't know how I missed this one. Excellent catch Nequam, I really enjoyed rereading the other two stories as well. The art is a pretty high bar across the whole "matron of the arts baked into table centerpiece" sub-genre.

Welp, on to today's post!

Mr. Karswell said...

Thanks for the comments— and once again apologies about that initial first scan issue, it was fixed ASAP and should be fine on everyone’s end now.