Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Birth of a Corpse

THOIA returns after a brief mini vacation to the super fun, spook house loaded Wisconsin Dells, with a WTF weirdie from the August 1952 issue of Strange Terrors #2GCD thinks the art here might be by Bob Forgione... I'm looking forward to the comments on this one. I also want to thank everyone again for the all the kind birthday wishes on my last post-- THANK YOU!


Mestiere said...
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bzak said...


Bob Forgione!??!! Did he suddenly morph into Steve Ditko hid way through? I suspect just maybe there are more than just a couple of different artists on this one.

Brian Riedel

Unknown said...

Dead ??? Impossible ! This one is even cooler than THE HUNGRY HORDE...Need to visit your blog more often!

Brian Barnes said...

Mestiere has already pointed out the incredible leap of logic our doctor has taken, but the next panel makes his behavior even more strange.

He'll guess the man is possessed by a creature from outer space, but when it prays to an old stone pillar? No, no, that's utterly insane!

I hope I never get this guy for a doctor!

"Doctor, my throat hurts"
"It must be demon possession from dimension X!"
"No, I think it's a sore throat"
"Poppycock, you're utterly insane!"

Keir said...


Turok1952 said...

Super fun! This one was especially dreamlike because it made no sense and in fact it reminded me of having to go to a different store in a rival neighborhood!

Fortunately it felt like we got away because Craven knew a back alley shortcut!

Mr. Cavin said...

Damn that Dr. Craven! I really wanted to see how the monster was going to wreck havoc. I was not even aware havoc could be wrecked.

I really liked the set-up here (and that splash page is excellent). I would like to see it tackled in nice fifties thriller sometime. The idea that you never know if the guy you brought back is the one you sent away seems like excellent post-conflict paranoia. Of course, I did love the right turn this one immediately made into full-tilt lunacy, too. But it really would make a top-notch psychological spooker.

Tim Whitcher said...

The letterer forgot to write "End" in the small panel, lower right on thelast page... unless this ISN'T the end? BWAHAHAHA

I see the writer was inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, one of my favorite writers (my first exposure to horror fiction just after Poe).

Loved the freaky art.

"...a procession of queer looking customers coming up the hill (not that there's anything wrong with that)."

JMR777 said...

Methinks the good Doctor Craven is called Wes by his friends.
That cyclops/elephant man from the first page would have made an impressive supervillian.

Anonymous said...

California Carl said:

At least the cover artist was a student of the Old Masters.

He seemed to have borrowed from Rembrandt's "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp." (They're not letting me paste the illo.)

Keep up the fantastic work!!

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SpaceLord said...

Bob Forgione is my best guess, too.
Probably right.