Monday, September 8, 2014

Demon Flies!

After the Joe Certa love demonstrated in our last post comments, I've been going through my collection to see what else I can conjure up by him-- in the meantime, here's an encore presentation of one of his more horrific Harvey tales, originally posted here waaaay back in 2007 --and man, I'm just glad it's flies and not yellow jackets! From the March 1952 issue of Witches Tales #8.


Brian Barnes said...

I don't think flies are out to destroy spiders in an eternal war, I think they are just trying to stay the hell away from them!

Joe draws some spectacular skeletons. In a lot of these stories, the skeletons are somewhat cartoon-ish in nature, but here, especially the one on page 2, is really rendered realistically, and I think it's again the good control of light and shadow that Certa showed in the last tale.

Of course, we still have the skeletons staying together like a high school anatomy model!

Witches Tales #8 has a great cover, I smell an entry for October's "Skeletons are Jerks!"

Mestiere said...

All species of flies are incapable of eating solid food. Maggots can, but only dead tissue. That's why the presence of maggots in bodies can be used to date the time of death in Forensic science. Perhaps Dr. Gilbert could have created a species of fly whose maggots ate living flesh, but maybe that would have been too gross even for a 1950s horror comic.

The evil doctor achieves his revenge of killing all the scientist in the Harrington Laboratories but is himself killed by the spider that was meant to protect him from the flies.
Interesting how the spider kills the doctor. Instead of biting and poisoning him she spins an extremely strong web so quickly that the doctor can't escape his own lab. Had he not struggled around he wouldn't have toppled over that bunsen burner and set himself on fire. His clothes must have been really flammable.

And the spider didn't even accomplish its purpose of killing all the flies since two of them (male and female?) survived the spider and the fire and escaped the labotatory. Sequel?

Mr. Cavin said...

"An admirable job, my friends!! I have heard the last of his mockery!!" Now there's an example of a phrase I'd like to find more use for in my own life. Release the flies!

Excellent story.

Tim Tylor said...

"They're growing larger and more powerful each day!" So he was getting away with this mayhem over weeks.Harrington Experimental Labs has serious HR issues.

Grant said...

If there's anything more entertaining than a mad scientist, it's a VENGEFUL mad scientist, the "I'll teach them to laugh at my theories!" kind. It doesn't even matter that you never learn what the theories WERE (they don't seem to be about the killer flies, since he came up with those in order to GET the revenge).

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