Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Last Vampire

Did everyone enjoy our All Atlas Month here at THOIA? Yes fiends, we've wound down to our last post of October 2018 (unless I find the time tomorrow on Halloween to actually put something else together), but in the meantime, enjoy this Ed Winiarski quickie from the March 1954 issue of Uncanny Tales #18-- it may be short, but it's definitely got some bite! Have a great All Hallows Eve, everyone, and its possible we may have a few uncanny leftovers in November too, so stay tombed...









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12 comments:

Mr. Karswell said...

And yes, I'm ready for all the feathery vampire bat bird wing comments, haha...

Mestiere said...

And yes, I'm ready for all the feathery vampire bat bird wing comments, haha...

At least they didn't have the vampire laying eggs, like in some stories.

"And I who have come for a few moments of gentile talk..." Gentile? You were a Jewish vampire looking for "gentile talk". Unless you mean "genteel".

A vampire isn't supposed to ever be lonely, right? He can always just make more vampires.

FLAME

RETARDED


I guess it's grammatically correct but it's funny to me.

JBM said...

Nothing pithy, just winging a feathery thanks for all that you do Mr. K..

Happy Halloween!

JMR777 said...

This style of drawing vampires with wings on their backs (feathery or otherwise) has fallen out of favor among artists, which is a shame. A creature of the undead with permanent wings adds to its menace.

Permanently winged vampires look more like gargoyles than the undead, which could be used as an origin story for some future author or artist.

The female vampire in the story, though a faux vampire vamp, was both menacing and attractive. She was a true femme fatale, emphasis on fatale.

Fangs for the Post, Karswell!

JMR777 said...

Figures after I post one more detail pops into my head, we have all seen the sexy costumes of fallen angels with black feathery wings, this vampire was simply a trailblazer of a style well ahead of his time.

anthrax2525 said...

Way to end the month with a bang!

glowworm2 said...

I don't really see anything wrong about the vampire having gigantic feathery bird wings. After all, there are some kinds of vampires in other cultures who shapeshift into birds rather than bats.

As for the tale itself, it's a rather touching and sad one--you feel somewhat sorry for this vampire who just wants companionship but is doomed to be something the villagers find terrifying and suck the blood of mortals. The ending is sad as it's a clever way for the vampire huntress to get rid of the last vampire--but she practically didn't have to do anything except wear a friendly--er fiendly face and lure him to his doom.

Brian Barnes said...

This tale is really a gut punch. Yes, though-out I was thinking "couldn't he make more vampires" but still ... ugh. I feel sorry for the poor vampire (murderous monster aside) and then the way he was trapped and finally eliminated. Ouch.

That is one thing these horror comics could do well; if you removed this vampire from this story you'd have no sympathy for him -- he preys on people and murders them for his own blood lust ... but this quick story actually gives you a chance to feel for him and forget about who he really is.

Happy Halloween! And many thanks for Atlas month and all the things you do for us, your fans!

Mr. Cavin said...

The end of October is always a little bittersweet. End end of another year, the end of Atlas Month, the end of the last vampire in Hungary. Man I love the art on the first page of this. These simian vampires are like deadly ape angels or something.

Happy Halloween everybody!

Grant said...

That typo about "Gentile talk" also makes you think of Alfie Bass as the Jewish vampire in THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS.

Caffeinated Joe said...

I feel bad for the poor, lonely monster! :(

Guy Callaway said...

He does look like a pasty monkey w/wings, but I take more issue with his bow tie.
A cool, compact little spooker.