Sunday, February 28, 2010

Death's Bleak Birth! / Acid Test!

Closing out February with another double header, our first story from the May '74 issue of Tales of the Zombie #5 is a favorite of mine and contains one of the saddest, most chilling endings in any horror story ever. And for you people jonesin' for some damn 50's style pre-code already, I've included the Stan Lee / George Tuska reprint classic "Acid Test!" from the Oct. '73 issue of Tales of the Zombie #2, (originally presented in the July '53 issue of Menace #5 under the title "Nightmare!")

Friday, February 26, 2010

Four Daughters of Satan / Nightfilth Rising

As mentioned, we're sticking with stories from Marvel's 70's Tales of the Zombie magazine series for the rest of February, but now focusing on some of the non-Simon Garth yarns featured. Our double header post today contains 2 classics from the March 1974 issue of Tales of the Zombie #4, the first story graced with terrific art by Ernie Chua, aka Ernie Chan.

Had to add this hilarious ad offering some of the most ridiculously awful pieces of monster "art" I've ever seen. Read the captions! Good grief... and if I know THOIA readers, this will probably get more comments than the two stories.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Night of the Walking Dead!

Part 3 in our look at the origins of zombie hero Simon Garth from the 1973 debut issue of Tales of the Zombie #1. As the cover blurb on later issues from this series states, "He lives! He strikes! No grave can hold him!" and for a total of 10 brutal issues he proved just that, in what is easily one of the better and strangely underrated Marvel Magazine series of the early 70's. Got lots more black and white horror coming up too, as I've decided to just finish out the month of February sans color.

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Altar of the Damned!

Now that you've read Stan Lee and Bill Everett's classic "Zombie!" (see our last post HERE) aren't you just a wee bit curious to know how Simon Garth became one of the living dead? Well look no further, because the 1973 World Screamiere issue of Tales of the Zombie #1 delivered just that-- and some bare female flesh too (is anyone still complaining about Donna Garth's make-over from her Golden Age appearence into a mod blonde bombshell?!)

NEXT: More Simon Garth-- and daughter Donna too!

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