Friday, May 24, 2019

Death Fish / Poor Fish!

It's Double Header Fish Fryday for you today, with both main courses guaranteed to twist their deadly hooks in ya! The first story is from the December 1953 issue of This Magazine is Haunted #14, (the final issue of this spectacular series in fact), with art by Bud Thompson, --followed by a rather painful quickie from the April 1954 issue of The Thing #13, with possible art by Chic Stone. Have a great weekend fiends, and don't choke on any fish bones!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019


A terror tale for those of you that didn't quite actually get the spine-tinglin' creeps from our last post, and this time from the doom-riddled December 1953 issue of Mysterious Adventures #17, with art by the always great,  always dynamic-- Doug Wildey! A big thanks again to Big T for the scans too!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Ghoulish Revenge of Dr. Psycha

Everyone liked that last Weird Adventures story so much, let us indulge in another one, this time from the October 1951 issue of Weird Adventures #3. Dick Kirby was apparently created to be an ongoing feature, unfortunately, this interesting P. L. Publishing series mix of pulpy horror and dynamic detective action tales came to an end with this charmingly creepy third issue. Some really fun / different kind of dialog here too-- and once again adios to that fourth wall!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Puppet Peril

I haven't posted a puppet tale around here in a very long time, and today's excursion into the July - August 1951 issue of Weird Adventures #2 finds us a story perfectly overflowing with the unhinged craziness that you've come to love and expect from these pulse-pounding, precode perplexers!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Night Air

Sometimes I think I've already posted a story here at THOIA, like this creature feature from the March 1953 issue of Weird Terror #4, when in fact I haven't, --though we did feature it in the February 2016 issue of Haunted Horror #21. And it's believed that Rudy Palais may have done the pencils here, but that is clearly not his distinctive sweaty ink style... does anyone out there recognize the possible artist?

Sunday, May 12, 2019

High Voltage!

From the Oct '52 debut issue of Weird Mysteries #1, it's a highly charged Hy Fleishman classic about two brothers from the same mother (there's your THOIA Mother's Day connection) with a rather shocking relationship! Have a great horrorday, fiends-- and don't forget to give your mummy a big 'ol kiss!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Full Moon!

It's time for the 'ol hitch-hiking / victim switcheroo, as Fanged Fridays at THOIA deliver a quickie monster tale from the August - September 1953 issue of Weird Mysteries #6. I don't know about you, but some of these hairy horror theme staples never seem to lose their appeal to entertain, no matter how many times we've been clawed to death by them-- although I'm sure there are some of you that find these types of stories to instead be quite draining! Illustrated by Tony Mortellero.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Vampire Castle

As promised, another handsome, non-costumed hero versus ancient evil horror tale, also from the July 1940 issue of Slam-Bang Comics #5. And similar to the previous post, it's a wildly fun, but somewhat stiffly stilted written / illustrated mix of action meets vampires, with early artwork by Gus Ricca that looks strangely simplistic and empty, though at the same time sort of adds an enjoyably weird surrealness to everything. Also similar to the Mark Swift story is the inclusion of a couple surprisingly eerie moments mixed in with the overall light hearted, colorful look of things vibe. I especially love the castle to graveyard transformation at the end, but less successful are the occasionally cuddly lookin' teddy bear demons. And what's Diamond Jack's deal, you ponder? Well, he seems to possess a vast array of plot convenient powers that all stem from an old magician's ring. If you wanna know more about DJ, just click HERE for the brief lowdown. Enjoy!