Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Hellfire Club (PART ONE)

Continuing on with our look at some cool 'n creepy Charlton Comics Group horror-- today begins a two-part post from the Sept '77 issue of The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves #61 and features some really great art from Tom Sutton. It's a superbly written tale as well, the Dr. Graves character being a fun supernatural sleuth, and he's really got his hands full with this epic mystery overflowing with black magic, monsters, and murder! I think you're gonna enjoy this one-- PART TWO coming up NEXT!

 be continued!


Mr. Cavin said...

Interesting, this is a Charlton title I wasn't even aware of. Dig the super seventies dynamo cover. I've got guests this week, so I'll wait to read the whole story when both halves are posted. Looks great though!

Brian Barnes said...

I can't say much for the story until I see part 2, but the art is great. Wispy, full of heavy blacks, it's spooky and moody, and some nice creatures and staging.

It's a bit loose in places, though.

One interesting art thing -- Sutton keeps a lot of panels either without straight lines or with really stretched perspective. A bit of masterwork there for making atmospheric panels.

JMR777 said...

I remember reading this comic long ago in my carefree days of youth (or maybe I remember my youth being carefree and better than it really was. I guess we all tend from time to time to reminisce and remember our youth better than we really lived it.)

Anyway, getting back to the comic, Charlton could be a real treat in the horror department, in a B movie kind of way.
This tale is similar to Dr. Drew stories you have posted previously, an occult investigator called in to right some magical wrong, stop evil from triumphing, etc.

I can't wait to see part two, since I can't recall the details from this comic so long ago (don't worry. no spoiler alerts from me.)

Grant said...

Like JMR777, I'm very sentimental about Charlton horror comics, even though I only had a single one early on, but that's all it took.

Even though he has the general look of that kind of character, Mr. Loo also looks like he's modeled on Boris Karloff in MASK OF FU MANCHU. And since that's always been a cult film, it wouldn't be surprising.

aldi said...

Don't leave us on tenterhooks here, Karswell! I need Part 2! (I never did like tenterhooks, it's so darned uncomfortable hanging on them.)

Mr. Karswell said...

Tenterhooks be damned!! PART TWO of Tom Sutton's HELLFIRE CLUB is finally up-- read it now!