Saturday, May 25, 2024

Raising the Devil

Time once again to evoke something entertaining and eerie, it's a swingin' 70's spin on Fritz Leiber's Conjure Wife scenario where we find bored suburban couples trying their hand at summoning the Satanic supernatural-- and with the usual, unpredictable results, of course! From the ominous October - November 1977 issue of DC's Secrets of Haunted House #8, featuring Bernard Baily pencils, Win Mortimer on inks, plus a really great Mike Kaluta cover too!

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Fero Planet Detective

How many of you knew that vampires and werewolves (and evil dwarves) are actually from Pluto? Fero Planet Detective was a fun but very short-lived, and very early entry into the Planet Comics canon of science fiction heroes. And as seen here in his comic book debut, not only was he a "detective of the netherworlds", but also a "scientist of the occult", though none of these amazing abilities could save him from the barrage of bikini'd space babes that Fiction House would quickly replace him with after just four measly appearances. It's all a bit primitive in both writing and art, but still a nice monster mash-up, sci-fi/horror hoot... from the May 1940 issue of Planet Comics #4.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Deadly Pickup

Wait, another vampire story this month?! Surrre, why not... I mean, the great splash gives it away but it's still a fun Iger Shop classic from the July - August 1954 issue of Voodoo #16. And though you absolutely see the ending coming from a mile away, I totally love how the final page backstory is revealed from the vamp to the unsuspecting hero. I like it so much in fact, it can also be found in Haunted Horror #6 too!

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Nightmare Carnival

The nightmare circus has barely pulled out of town and here comes the Nightmare Carnival, via the Sept. '54 issue of The Beyond #28. Some really stunning art here by Ken Rice, in particular the mind-blowing splash, and some of you might remember this one from Haunted Horror #30 too!

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Big Top Nightmare

The circus has come to town, and as always, Lin Streeter delivers another top notch Ace Magazines visual feast of wonderful sets (love those tattered old circus posters inside the castle), --not to mention a terrifyingly thirsty, and very sexy vampire vixen on the prowl! Hang on for your life, it's a high flyin', hair-raisin' tale via the Creepiest Show on Earth, aka the July 1951 issue of The Beyond #5.

Monday, May 13, 2024

The Cobras

We've been looking at some deadly serious crime horror tales for a few posts now, and it's time for one more! But let's throw a little bit more fun on the fire and make it a Mr. and Mrs. Chase mystery in an old haunted mansion! Adding to the recipe: a gang of Bowery Boy wannabes who call themselves "The Cobras", sprinkled with some eye poppin' leggy / bondage good girl art, plus a few mad cap monsters mixed into the maniacal Lou Morales mayhem, and you have yourself one heckuva crazy wild ride from the Jan. '53 issue of Crime and Justice #11. This should've been turned into an old B-movie!

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Scene of the Crime

Here's an incredibly creepy crime caper from the February 1952 issue of Lawbreakers #5, containing two gory reminders that not only are both old and young unsafe when a Jason Vorhees-esque madman is on the loose, but also to point out (in case you didn't already know) that rotten corpses don't smell so good. Art team greats, Al Tyler and Bob Forgione pull out all of the slasher stops in this one, even signing their names in all of that splishity-splashity blood in the splash. So hold on to your hats, and don't forget to pinch your nostrils closed too, you're headed for the--