Sunday, July 5, 2020

The Undead!

The cemetery hills are alive with the sounds of, umm, shovels, as we dig into an Allen Bellman Atlas horror entry from the July 1951 issue of Mystic #3. Hmmm, as "one of the most important men of science", you'd think this guy would've thought of the one major detail that everyone will be thinking while reading this terror tale-- it doesn't make it any less entertaining though! Yes, that's entertainment, f-f-f-folks!











Friday, July 3, 2020

The Dead

A spooky little dead end tale by Dick Ayers from the February 1954 issue of Adventures into Weird Worlds #26. No big twist finale this time, just a thundercrack of realization and eerie implication to send a chilling shiver down your spines on a hot summer day here in terrible 2020...









Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The End!

We ended June on an evil Atlas note, and now we kick things off in July just the same, with one helluva Russ Heath horror tale from the April 1952 issue of Spellbound #2. And while it may say "The End!" there in that mind-blowing splash panel below, Mr. Karswell would like to let everyone know that this is actually... only... the... beginning...











Sunday, June 28, 2020

ZOMBIE! / Aesop's Stables

After our last somber post, it's time to lighten the morbid mood and maybe even get a little crazy around here-- like, double header Atlas crazy, man! First up, a Bill Everett zombie kookball classic from the March ‘54 issue of Crazy #4, followed by even more MAD-esque poetic hilarity from Howie Post and the July ‘54 issue of Crazy #7. See ya's in July!



















And if this wasn't enough humorous Howie Post horror for ya, head over to AEET today too and go WILD! CLICK HERE!

Friday, June 26, 2020

R.I.P. Joe Sinnott / Talking Corpse

2020 claims another precode legend, all-time THOIA favorite, Joltin' Joe Sinnott has passed away at the age of 93. Boy, what a wild collection of awesome he leaves behind for future generations of comic book fans. His multitude of styles and vast array of talent for any genre continues to give everyone a little bit of something to marvel at (literally), and today at THOIA we will be marveling at just that. And maybe this story isn't the most appropriately titled tale to choose for an R.I.P. post, but it still showcases what Joe absolutely did best within the horror genre: incredible splash, terrifying monsters, superbly rendered faces / backgrounds, and supernatural inking! R.I.P Joe-- we miss ya already! From the April 1952 issue of Adventures into Terror #9.









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Find out more about Joe by CLICKING HERE! And dig around the THOIA Archive by using the search bar at the top of the page, or the sidebar tag for tons more Joe Sinnott classics!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Death of Me

Gliding effortlessly on the wings of Death, and back to the 1950's with an astonishingly dark tale from the February 1954 issue of Astonishing #30. Okay, so how many of you actually feel sorry for these decrepit old miserly millionaires and their good for nothing heirs? The even older saying, "You can't take it with you," seems terrifically trapped in limbo on this one.







Monday, June 22, 2020

A Model Murder / The Collector!

Two things I love most in life: building monster model kits, and collecting comic books-- and awesomely enough there are two shivery stories on both subjects fondly found lurking in the frightening July 1979 issue of House of Mystery #270. If that isn't enough, this post also contains two more favorite things of mine: the Creature from the Black Lagoon-- and bikinis! 









Sunday, June 21, 2020

Mr. Karswell Awarded the Silver Bolo!

Did anyone catch the final episode of the second season of The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs? Holy cow, I was as shocked as anyone to discover the Silver Bolo awarded to me, Mr. Karswell, and The Horrors of it All! What a mind-blowing honor to be recognized, and even mentioned by legendary joltin' Joe --as well as by ever dynamite, Darcy the Mail Girl! The Shudder Channel even tweeted about lil 'ol me!



And yeah, it seems like my last name will always be eternally misspelled and mispronounced (it's BANES, not BARNES), but no matter-- I'm still over the moon about it.

As soon as Shudder makes the episode available I will add the link here. Thanks again to Joe, Darcy, Shudder, and everyone involved with The Last Drive-In, as well as to whoever it was that nominated me in the first place --I guess that's how this thing works-- I'm still not exactly sure how it all happened, or how I even appeared on the Briggs radar, but I'm glad I did!

Friday, June 19, 2020

Hand of Glory / Demon Count

A few more of these ominously fun one page quickies from the original 50's Phantom Stranger series (see our previous post if you somehow missed it), and like said post, all of these are also eerily illustrated by Mort Drucker. Anyone in need of an additional hand at some gory glory need merely CLICK HERE and HERE! after today's post!





Thursday, June 18, 2020

How to Spot a Witch!

Just to mix things up a little, here's a handful of superstitious silliness from the annals of "true" human history, aka: Phantom Stranger #3, 4, and 5 to be exact, with everything illustrated by marvelous mad man, Mort Drucker. I've always liked these single / half page filler bits in old horror comics, even if they're nothing but a complete load of tommyrot...