Friday, August 24, 2018

His Own Funeral

Here's a real spooker from the September 1954 issue of Beware #11, complete with an incredibly interesting ending right outta left field that's absolutely overflowing with eerie implication-- so much so, that it takes this somewhat routine mad undertaker tale and propels it to a whole new level. See what you guys think... and what the heck, maybe I'll toss in an added bonus prize to whoever comes up with the best epilogue to this one-- I really wanna know what happens after that final panel when the rest of the fluid is used up!













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10 comments:

Mestiere said...

Necrophilia! No, I didn't see it coming.

The artist resists portraying villain Leslie Lenox as anything but a handsome, nonthreatening young man even after being revealed as a serial killer. Well done.

Despite being a "miserably underpaid assistant" Lenox figured out how to obtain chemical equipment for his experiments and even invented a chair that can snap shut around your legs and arms. Such wasted potential.

Lenox had to fix his employer's corpse so he looked like he died of a heart attack. Did the ghosts also fix Lenox body the same way? Who did people think preserved Lenox's body?

The ghosts did not looked like well preserved corpses. In fact, Lenox did not recognized them. Let me try an epilogue for Karswell. They were not ghosts, but insane, deluded perverts. They knew about Lenox because they had seen him picking up bums, they followed him and spied on him. Because people won't even look at them, they think they are ghosts, something represented on the last panel where they seem to be transparent despite interacting with the physical world normally the whole time. They actually had to knock on the door! Eventually they get caught "making out" with their girlfriends thinking they are invisible.

This was a good one.

glowworm2 said...

Having never had much of life when they were alive, the corpses used the fluid wisely and soon each one had a girlfriend to spend the rest of their undead lives with.

Wendy said...

I don't think this story needs an epilogue as much as it needs a sequel: "Necrophiliacs Gone Wild: Mourning Wood Edition".

I'm ashamed of myself for that pun. Almost. ;P

Mr. Karswell said...

>Necrophilia! No, I didn't see it coming.

Nobody sees the necrophiles coming!!

>and soon each one had a girlfriend

Surely you meant "ghoulfriend?" ;)

>"Necrophiliacs Gone Wild: Mourning Wood Edition".

LOL!! No shame Wendy, hahaha... the more puns around here the better!

I'm also now thinking that Neil Young's classic "Needle and the Damage Done" has a new meaning

glowworm2 said...

"The ghosts did not looked like well preserved corpses. In fact, Lenox did not recognized them."
That's because those weren't the ghosts of the well preserved corpses that Leslie set up but the ghosts of the bums he invited into his house and turned into the fluid to preserve the corpses. They do mention that they were his victims and to pretend that he's their guest and that they've invited him up for a "drink" much the way he lured them when they had been alive.

Yes, Karlswell, Ghoulfriend--I was trying to resist doing such an obvious pun.

Mr. Karswell said...

Well next time do the pun— we strive to consistently put the pun in puneral around here.

*changes name to Karlswell

Mestiere said...

"That's because those weren't the ghosts of the well preserved corpses that Leslie set up but the ghosts of the bums he invited into his house and turned into the fluid to preserve the corpses."

Lenox was experimenting so he must have preserved some of those bums. Even if he didn't I want to believe that if I killed some bums and experimented on their corpses that I would remember them. Of course that is if I was a psychopathic killer. Which I'm totally not. Ehem.

glowworm2 said...

Oops! XD! Sorry about the name change!

Brian Barnes said...

Well, we got half a page left after the shock ending. What to do, what to do? I know, make something creepier than the entire proceeding pages!

So, our walking dead are ghosts (one of them is transparent in the last panel.). Why do they need to re-preserve their new "girlfriends?" They aren't looking for bodies, they are immaterial. Well, sort of, they operate the equipment. And dig up graves. And seem to be able to push a 3D object through a space between boards.

And don't they still have will? Who says the women they preserve -- which is making them ghosts -- are even going to say OK?

I'm just saying there might be some structural problems with this one :)

Mr. Cavin said...

Whoops. I nearly missed this story hiding under yesterday's Russ Heath memorial. What a close call.

This post is book-ended by excellent, eye-opening panels. I mean, instead of assuming this has just another "twist beginning" splash panel, created out of thin air by someone with little idea what the finished script was going to end up looking like, I'm going to give this story the benefit of the doubt. So we can assume that the beautification potion really did bring every one of these cadavers right back to life just in time for their own funerals. With some side effects, of course. Literally the only truly dead people available to rise as zombies by the end of this thing were the yellowed and lye-leeched corpses clawing their way out of Leslie's basement. Everybody else was alive and, well, slowly maddening while paralyzed in their coffins.

Which, now that I think of it, makes that ending all the more chilling. Do you think the babies will be paralyzed too? I hope not.