Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Blind, the Doomed, and the Dead

Ending the month here with a Bob Powell classic from the April 1952 issue of This Magazine is Haunted #4. This one has it all, evil deeds within a weird wax museum, a frightening fun house, and finally a trippy excursion into a warped realm of death that not even Dali could have imagined!

NEXT UP: The Perfectly Perverted Theme That YOU Asked For!
Also in June: Jack Cole, Ogden Whitney, and Alex Toth Tributes!

Friday, May 30, 2008


Someone over at the Atlas Tales site thinks the art here is by Larry Woromay, can anyone confirm this? My friend Jason thinks this style is better suited to “funny books” instead of horror but I totally disagree. To me, this is some super slick stylized art that exudes loads of manic fun, intensity, and energy. Sure it’s a bit cartoony, but that’s the point. Enjoy!

From the Oct '52 issue of Adventures into Weird Worlds #11

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Fiend of the Undead

Like yesterday’s post, today’s story also comes from the Dec-Jan ‘52/53 issue of Out of the Night #6. It’s a particularly good issue with lots of spook factor and great art… I’ve praised Jon Blummer many times in the past and his work here, (especially the superbly atmospheric splash), speaks for itself.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Ghoul’s Revenge

Well, it’s getting closer to the end of the month which means I have to start thinking about how to kick off next month. I was going to make a habit of posting full issues at the start of each new month, and I actually delivered a few times, but as I’ve also mentioned before “a good full issue is a rarity.” So tell me what you want to see come June 1st, an entire issue, or maybe an artist or publisher spotlight, or maybe a theme like “killer plants,” "hot vampires," “shrunken heads” …whatever yooz want, let’s vote. In the meantime it’s--- The Ghoul’s Revenge!!
From the Dec-Jan ‘52/53 issue of Out of the Night #6

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Shadows on the Tomb

We wind-up our 4 day Harvey fest today with a real spine chiller from the April 1952 issue of Black Cat Mystery #34, and like The Collector story post from the other day, this one also features pencils by Joe Certa. Next month I’ll try my damnedest to work in more Harvey horror for you too, until then...


And while you’re celebrating Vincent Price and Chris Lee’s birthday’s today, here are a couple of Harvey bonus one-pagers featuring subject matter that both legends are undoubtedly very familiar with…

Monday, May 26, 2008


Warren Kremer is another one of those underrated Harvey greats that I’d put in the same league as Nostrand, Elias, and Powell… possessing a rich, organic line style full of dynamic, moody, atmospheric detail, and characters perfectly straddling the lines of realism and cartoony in design... in affect, the perfect type of illustrator for comics.

From the May 1953 issue of Chamber of Chills #17

I especially love Kremer’s work over at Ace Magazines on the Super-Mystery Comics covers too. Check these out!
And here's your BONUS Harvey filler for dessert!

Unholy Trinity

Today, May 26th is Peter Cushing’s birthday. I’ll save my breath on a bio introduction because the man simply does not need one. I’ll hold my breath a little longer and kill a couple more birds with one post, because not only is tomorrow (the 27th) also Christopher’s Lee birthday, but he shares this most awesome event with the ever magnificent Vincent Price!

Good god, if you ever needed a reason to break your damn diet and eat some cake and ice scream, today and tomorrow are THE days to praise three of the greatest actors of all time!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

The Collector

If you read alot of pre-code horror then you probably already know how a typical story about a mean spirited, ruthless big game hunter usually ends (seems they all wind up with a similar-ish fate in the end.) But in typical Harvey fashion, I guarantee you’ve never seen a jungle scenario played out quite like this.

From the May 1953 issue of Chamber of Chills #17

Nursery Crimes

For you other types of collectors, here’s a generous sampling of silly “Mother Mongoose’s Nursery Crimes” …more spoof proof of Harvey’s humorous horror attempts to take on EC at their own MAD game. Nostrand’s art is definitely on par, the writing almost.

From Witches Tales #22, 24, 25, and 26.