Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Partners in Blood / Tales from the Comic Book Crack Down

Vampires and hunchbacks highlight this crazy entry from the March 1952 issue of Journey into Fear #6. And after the story, check out the poster for the upcoming Captured Aural Phantasy Theater event at the El Cid on June 1st-- all EC fans in LA are required to attend!! Live renditions of pre code horror tales, music, and other thrilling variety for an evening of uncensored awesomeness! You'll crack UP with Tales from the Comic Book Crack Down! Check out their Facebook page HERE for more info!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Fatal Footsteps

Superior Pub's spin on man into monster mayhem-- and this time it's the shoes with the power to possess! I'd love to see a variation on this concept with a woman as the high heeled killer of men instead. From the July 1952 issue of Journey into Fear #8.

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Part-Time Corpse! +CONTEST

Wanna win yourself a copy of David Lucarelli's THE CHILDREN'S VAMPIRE HUNTING BRIGADE Vol. 1 (and signed by David too?!) Long time THOIA readers might already know a bit about this, as details depicted in this graphic collection are based on actual TRUE eerie, events that happened half a century ago in Scotland,  when hundreds of armed children descended upon a cemetery at night in search of a killer vampire (events possibly sparked by THIS precode comic book story.) It's a fun, fast paced GN (more info about it HERE) and also features an introduction by Mr. Karswell himself! As for the contest, all you have to do is email me at: karswell @ to enter! You have until Friday, May 16th to do so...

In the meantime the posts keep coming-- it's another one from the September 1954 issue of Mystic #33!

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Unexpected! / Pain!

Two killer Atlas tales from the September 1954 issue of Mystic #33-- ominous art on the first story by Ogden Whitney, while the second yarn features the distinctive work of Tony DiPreta. And hurry back this weekend-- our next post will feature details on a long awaited THOIA contest!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


After the unexpected news of the great Dick Ayers passing away, we now detour back to the second Frank Thorne illustrated tale as promised; this time as part of our ever inconsistent "Werewolf Wednesday" theme (and it's a werewolf western to boot!) From the May 1975 magazine issue of Devilina #2, with story by John Albano.

WARNING: Features boobs 'n blood! ADULTS ONLY!!!

Monday, May 5, 2014

RIP Dick Ayers (April 28, 1924 – May 4, 2014)

Honoring the life and legacy of comic hero Dick Ayers (April 28, 1924 - May 4, 2014) with a double feature encore presentation of two chilling Atlas horror tales-- the first from the April 1952 issue of Adventures into Weird Worlds #5, the second from the July 1953 issue of Adventures into Terror #21. RIP