Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Witch of Landor

Okay, we're FINALLY getting things going around here for the big October Countdown already! And I'm pretty sure no one will complain about a month of Atlas Tales, eh? Yeah, you know where to go to get your unmatchable Halloween fix, 365 days (give or take a few) of the year, don't you?

From the April 1953 issue of Uncanny Tales #7, with atmospheric art by THOIA fave, Larry Woromay!







9 comments:

Brian Barnes said...

Ha! I kind of saw it coming a couple panels from the end (I thought it was going to be a dinosaur!) but it's still great. Woromay does another fantastic job, but the colorist, ah, all the yellow was a mistake. I get the concept, but the art deserved better.

I liked the 4 panels at the top of page 2, that's really cinematic.

Some of these Atlas tells manage to have endings that are both horror and funny, which is a really hard thing to pull off. This is one of those.

JBM said...

October! The last four panels on page two are excellent. A wonderfully paced four pager. The ending of the story, the very last panel screams at you. "Arrggggg!" Thank you Mr. K.. Enjoy your month.

Mestiere said...

Magic, spirits and evolution are all real. Cool!

Nequam said...

The title sounds like it's riffing on the biblical witch of Endor, who famously brings back the spirit of the prophet Samuel to give a prediction to King Saul (1 Samuel 28).

JMR777 said...

Great tale of greed leading to The Duke's destruction.

Thanks for the four pages of hooror fun, Karswell.

Mr. Cavin said...

Since there's a schism I guess I'd better pick a side. I myself absolutely love the every single thing about page two, starting with the animated amble through the nighttime countryside and including the yellow fire-lit panels with the witch. Woromay is always a wonder, but look at all the different brush sizes he's employed here! I'd normally say this is a visual no no (akin to using more than three fonts on a single page, for example), but the man can seemingly make anything work. The last panel on page three is a great example (and a surreal beauty in its own right).

Man, Atlas October is going to be a blast!

Guy Callaway said...

Awesome tale. Not familiar with the artist, but he's great!
I think the last panel (minus the gorilla!) is an EC swipe, from the notorious 'Foul Play'?
I'm stoked for Atlas October - this is my Christmas. ;)

nutsilica.blogspot.com said...

This might be just before Woromay was paired with Matt Fox. I looked at the art and imagined how it would look if Fox would have inked it. Would he have liked the last panel on page three?
I wonder if Stan Lee was unsatisfied with Woromay's inking?
If so, inspired solution. They were an amazing art duo.
I'm looking forward to all the other Atlas october stories.

kold_kadavr_ flatliner said...

CHOOSE, dude...