Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Release from Satan's Scourge

It's the last THOIA post of the year as we release you now from the demonic clutches of our Devilcember Fest with a great tale from the April 1952 issue of The Beyond #10. This is one of my favorite ACE stories, it's absolutely full of wild moments and overloaded with weird monsters and evil fun--- a perfect way to end 2009, which if I can be honest, was full of many not so great moments (at least for me.) We still have lots more to come here at THOIA in 2010 so stay close, you definitely don't want to miss anything!


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Monday, December 28, 2009

The Outcast

Here's a sampling of stuff from the last two issues of Standard Comics short lived Adventures into Darkness series. Lasting only 10 issues total, AiD delivered some real high points in pre-code horror comics history, including quality stories from the likes of Toth, Katz, Moriera, Sekowsky and more... now, whether you think today's post from the June 1954 issue of Advs into Darkness #14 qualifies as a "high point" is completely up to you.


From the March '54 issue of Advs into Darkness #13

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Village of the Vile

The June 1974 issue of The Witching Hour #43 clearly states on the cover "Village of Evil", but instead inside the lead-off story is "Village of the Vile", one of the many cool horror tales written by George Kashdan for DC Comics (and to make things even more memorable the art is provided by the great Alfred P. Alcala!) We're winding down Devilcember, and this is it for our "Flash Forward" detour into the Satanic Silver Age, as well as our shiver inducing glimpse into The Witching Hour series, hope everyone enjoyed it!

Eegads--- more cat cruelty?!! Maybe it really is time to end this Witching Hour fest! It is interesting though to note how popular Satanism was in mainstream comics during this era. Hell, even Superman and Lois Lane turned up the heat in a few issues!


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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Never Kill Santa Claus / Trick or Treat

What would the horrordays be without a visit from jolly 'ol St. Nick, eh? And don't worry, I haven't forgotten about jolly 'ol Satanis either... but first up, "Never Kill Santa Claus" from the February 1973 issue of The Witching Hour #28, followed by a xmas themed ouija board text tale and (not forgetting an entry for our Devilcember theme) a two-page Kaluta Halloween classic (can't let xmas have all the fun now, can we?) called "Trick or Treat", both from the Feb-March 1970 issue of Witching Hour #7.



We at THOIA wish you a most pleasant rest on your deserved holiday this week, and here's hoping that everyone gets everything they wanted and all that they worked hard for this year.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

When Satan Comes A-Creeping!

If you were uncomfortable with the brutal amount of violence towards cats in our last post, you may want to altogether skip today's tale from the Dec '71 /Jan '72 issue of The Witching Hour #18. And in case you missed the news, (along with the continuation of our Hail Satan Month) all this week THOIA is also "Flash Forwarding" into the horrific Silver Age with tales from DC's excellent Witching Hour series. There's lots more on the way too, plus a few other surprises!

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Spawn of the Devil!

THOIA "Flash Forwards" into the 60's and 70's all this week as we wage full-on war against the coming of the holy holiday! It's a wild 'n gory, satanic shocker by Russ Jones and Jerry Grandenetti, and first appeared in the Feb. '75 issue of Tales of Evil #1, (published by the other Atlas Comics, aka Seaboard Periodicals.)

And just ahead: Witches! Exorcisms! Demons! And more SATAN! And possibly even a visit from 'ol Santa Claus himself too... you think I'm joking, don't you?

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