Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Escape... To What?

Here's a hot little horror tale that originally appeared in the October 1952 issue of Uncanny Tales #3 --click the link to read about Ger's thoughts on the art. My scans are actually from the reprinted version found in the February 1975 issue of Uncanny Tales from the Grave #8 (note how the cover blurb changed from an "Escape to What??", into an "Escape into Hell!") I'll have another story from this issue in our next post too.


Unknown said...

Is it strange if I laughed at him keeping that nice, big smile as he's getting pistol-whipped?

Brian Barnes said...

Strangely, neither the original cover nor the redone cover reflect the story inside! Though I always like when you post the reprint covers, a lot of those you don't normally see and they are usually done by some of Marvel's best artists at the time.

As much as I loved Atlas, their desire to split covers up into smaller images never leaps out like some of the competitors, but their use of colors on the covers (the yellow/red/black) is a real stunner, so this one is a bit of a wash.

Notice in this story almost every human has, with just a couple exception, a wide-mouthed stare. This comic could almost serve as an anti-lockjaw pamphlet!

Fun, prototypical Atlas story.

Unknown said...

I escaped back to Hades. I guess they weren't allowed to say Hell back in '52.

Unknown said...

Hades??? Guess they wern't allowed to say Hell back in '52.

Mr. Cavin said...

Lot of good forward motion to the art here. The verve and momentum really make up for the fact that this plot is about a page shorter than the comic. And, man, Uncanny Tales must have had the best title lettering going, which is saying a lot in the fifties.

Mr. Karswell said...

We'll get back to this issue with another story here shortly, I'm sure no one will complain about a quick detour into Haunted Horror territory ;)

thanks for the comments!