Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Horror of the Walking Corpse

Apologies for the delay in posts-- it's time to get Oct rottin' and rollin' and vomitin'! I had the putrid pleasure of spending the day recently at DAN CON 2013 with gore metal madman artist Eric Rot and his fabulously foxy better half-- Lidia Vomito! And to top it off, Chicago's most hardcore killer kouple sends over some scans of a most gruesome horror tale originally presented in the February 1954 issue of Dark Mysteries #16. Yeah, some guys 'n ghouls share sappy songs in their relationship, Eric and Lidia share this heart warming story of a love that creeps 'n crawls much deeper and darker than the haunted grave! Dig examples of Eric's own atrocities by clicking HERE!

Eric 'n Lidia


Brian Barnes said...

A fun vengeance from the grave story, with a relatively interesting structure.

Most rising from the grave stories do away with explanation, but this trots one out the miracle fertilizer. It also includes a affair scam subplot that only seems included so the zombie can have an ax in his head!

"And nightly, Ann visited Austen" Uh hunh. The corpse has a smile. Paging Wertham!

Mestiere said...

Priscilla and Peter were really evil, sadistic killers. They went to the trouble of creating pre-Photoshop trick pictures to poison Ann's memory of her husband even though they had already decided to kill her. And the farm wasn't going to make them rich if it could be plowed by just the two of them. What a mean spirited, envious sister.

The fertilizer explanation was necessary to account for the fact that Ann didn't avenge herself. The writer tried to explain why Austen was the only one who came back to life with a solution that reminds me of Swamp Thing.

A good story with appropriately horrific images.

Brian Barnes said...

@Mestiere Austen had reason to return from the grave, as much as any other reanimated corpse. Ann was killed, but Ann was Austen's beloved and P&P also destroyed Ann's good memory of Austen and made her mutilate Austen -- which was a direct assault on Austen -- that would get me out of the grave!

Regardless, it's still a relatively interesting element, and not only is it reminiscent of Swamp Thing (until Moore retroconned it in what was probably the best retrocon of all time) but Man Thing and The Heap.

Mestiere said...

Yes Brian, he had motive to take revenge, but he had to get reanimated first. Ann wasn't exposed to the special fertilizer because her remains were in the cemetery, not in the field.

Mr. Cavin said...

This really has all the hallmarks of having been retooled into a different story than the one it started out as. Odd, convoluted plot, shifts in tone and structure, re-lettered panels, etc. The photocopied-looking generation loss of these pages could just be the nature of the reprinted beast, or it could be a byproduct of a cut-n-paste job. Just a theory, of course--and it was certainly a hoot nonetheless. I do think that a transfixed head on the end of a shovel makes a wild horror host.

Tim Whitcher said...

"What power was being worked that thrust forth even the DEAD?"

Cue Rob Zombie music!


Anonymous said...

Interestingly evil that the sister wanted to kill herself and the other one was like: "Nope, I want to murder you so bad I'm giving you a reason to live now." Hehe.