Tuesday, September 1, 2009


re⋅in⋅car⋅na⋅tion [ree-in-kahr-ney-shuhn] –noun
1. the belief that the soul, upon death of the body, comes back to earth in another body or form.

2. stories today, the first from the July 1952 issue of Witches Tales #12, and the second from the August 1954 issue of Journey into Unknown Worlds #30, with art by Mort Meskin (since some of you were just talking about him in the comments of our last post.)

[Interestingly, the first story seems to warrant being tagged as about being zombies and possession rather than straight-up reincarnation. -- Nequam]


Bonus Filler



Mark said...

Good choices, as always. The JIUW Reincarnation is, I think, Meskin inked by Roussos.
Is that is how they worked together? You can see the MR signature in the window on the first page and the Atlas Tales website says Meskin/Roussos.
It looks at lot like the art in "Payment in Full" to me, though Payment is much better, imo.
Thanks again Karswell, I didn't have this story.

Anonymous said...


sfdoomed said...

The second story has wonderful artwork but has a story line that I feel I've seen before (helping along a rich uncle to die in order to pay off a gambling debt).

Is it just me or does the first tale seem unfinished? Very weird story, either way, with Martian-looking zombies and a typical man-saving-woman plot.

Thanks for the Reincarnation Tuesday treat Karswell!

Anonymous said...

I think thre's a scan missing in the first story? Seems somewhat unfinished to me.

Nice artwork otherwise (especially the second story), but the stroies themselves were nothing special.

Mr. Karswell said...

WTF?! Yeah, page 7 of the first tale wasn't showing up for some reason in the browser even though when I opened the post to edit it was there. I apologize and just re-published it... seems to be working fine now.

Mr. Freibert said...

that first story rules, i love how the monster explains his existence while his face if being liquified.

Prof. Grewbeard said...

man oh man, that first story was the most beautifully over-the-top excursion into ancient, forgotten, filthy, regurgitated whirlycesspools i've ever read, honest! and that witchy one-pager was awesome too. the third story was infinitely more sober but had a great punchline. a real triple-threat!

Mr. Cavin said...

"The ominous broomstick"? The first two stories here would really stop at nothing to push in a fancy adjective or two, huh? "...Neck-high pools of regurgitated filth"? "...Strangled, agonized, frightened breaths from wildly throbbing throats"? I could read this sort of thing all day long. But I still don't know what's particularly ominous about a broomstick.

And I really dig those character designs in today's first Reincarnation. All that curly chest hair gives me the damn willies.

Mr. Karswell said...

I'm glad to hear the first story getting some kudos, I think it pretty much sums-up what THOIA stands for.

I have another Harvey story coming up next, a really nauseating one from the great Bob Powell, and then we'll finish out the week with some equally kookball vampire tales from Ace and St. Johns... don't get left behind!

Anonymous said...

Overstreet actually notes "acid in face story" for Witches Tales #12. I guess it does not matter that it is the monster getting injured.


Horror pariah said...

So the Evil One was using a mortal's body? That must have been one odd-looking mortal, what with the yellow skin and pointed ears and abnormal size. Still, that acid panel is badass, and I really love the perspective in the scenes as John enters the sewer.

Unknown said...

I agree with all the above comments. Two particularly good panels in that last story.