Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Monster of the Mire!

Some of you know I've been working on a Swamp Monsters book for IDW / Yoe Books (more info on that coming soon!), and over the last year of dredging around the old long boxes for suitably themed stories, I found this creep-filled, adventurously Scooby Doo-esque story (not included in my book) from the September 1950 issue of Doll Man #30. And while I typically don't post much "hero" stuff, I thought this was just fun enough to include here, in particular for the brilliantly brisk writing, (Darrel Dane's dialog is dynamite, haha), and the super great artwork by Bill Quackenbush (?)

And no offense, Doll Man, but I think we all know who the real doll of this story is...

Friday, December 7, 2018

Vampires! Voodoo! Vengeance!

I saved these last two tales from the August 1952 issue of Mysterious Adventures #9 so we could put them together in a doomed Double Feature and compare to see which one is more hilariously inept in the storytelling. One is clearly miles better than the other (in the art department too), and seriously, OMG WTF is going on with putting narrative blocks at the bottom of a panel?!! Also-- put skulls EVERYWHERE! It doesn't get much worse, or better (depending on your POV) than these two creepy clunkers-- and that, my friends, is why I love precode horror so stupid stinkin' much! Fun fun fun, and a perfectly putrid wrap-up to this FULL ISSUE presentation. Oh, and since it is December, I thought I'd throw in a xmas ghost just for some additional spooky spice! A big thanks again to Danger Diablo for the super scans to this insane issue!


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Terror of the Lion's Revenge!

Here we go with the next traumatic tale in our look at the August 1952 issue of Mysterious Adventures #9. And like our last post, it contains yet another tried 'n true story plot that found its way into many a precode yarn --our last post being the fake your own death for money scheme gone wrong--, while today's terror trope is to put a conniving white guy into a jungle full of riches and superstition and see what happens. Do we know what happens? Oh yes, hahaha. And it's always a cause for celebration when we can add another horrific Hy Fleishman illustrated story to the THOIA Archive too!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Terror of the Lively Corpse

After two full months of Atlas classics, it's time to delve back into the macabre mix of other precode 50's publishers. And since it's December already, I thought we'd kick off our first week of posts here with a FULL ISSUE presentation from Mysterious Adventures #9, published in August 1952 (all scans provided by diabolik deaddio, --THE Tommy Stanziola!) This is a totally batshit crazy issue as you will see, and the lead-off story is a good example of terrifying things yet to come! Good lord, how many times have we seen this disastrous ending happen here at THOIA over the years?!! I seriously will never get enough of that "Don't do it, you dummy!" plot...