Sunday, March 22, 2015

I Blogged a Double Feature!

Two different types of trembling tales o'terror for ya today, the first from the February-March 1952 issue of Avon Periodicals Eerie #5, it's another yarn about an insane artist that I meant to post earlier this month with Satan's Pawn (click HERE if you missed it), but due to a case of my own temporary insanity, it's now paired up rather cooly here instead with a "it's so silly it's scary" fun story from my equally insane buddy Craig Yoe-mance and featured in his latest issue of IDW / Yoe Books Weird Love #6! I Paint Only Terror art by Norman Nodel and Vince Alascia, and I Married a Monster art by (according to GCDDon Perlin, this story originally appeared in the December 1971 issue of Just Married #81. You know I never need an excuse to post an "I Did Something" double feature!


Mr. Karswell said...

PLUS both dudes get hairy in these stories-- another reason they go so great together :)

Unknown said...

It's always a good sign of a healthy relationship when a child has to be placed in occupation-specific mortal danger for the significant other to change their opinion.

"You big oaf! What ever made you think being a 'sugar cube salesman' was a good idea? We're through!"
"Oh, no! This child is hypoglycemic, and he's having an attack! Does anyone have a small amount of glucose for him to ingest?"
(Deep breath) "Time to shine."

Brian Barnes said...

Sid Check was really channeling his inner Wally Wood on that cover. "Sid, we need a cover, make sure the breasts are front and center!"

First story has a good twist, I didn't see that one coming. It's hard to read a story like that in 2015 knowing who the heck would answer and ad like that, and then comely explain to the weirdo in the haunted house how nobody knows or cares where they are!

The second one -- wow. Romance stories have a way of painting women as wishy-washy (the sports star or the educated man!) or gold diggers (I'll go with the big city slicker instead of the the country boy that loves me) but this woman, what the heck lesson is she learning? She's the most 2D character I've seen in a romance comic in a long time (and I read Weird Love!) and just ... geesh, a self-centered bitch, through and through. And these comics were read by women? Yikes!

Berlin does a good job here, he'd definitely get better at drawing Werewolves in the future. And the unauthorized Popeye got through editorial (unless Charlton had a license at that time.)

Mr. Karswell said...

I think that's the point to these romance comics originally intended for a female audience, to show the ladies that they can rise above and be better than the idiotic male race that drives them insane with their stupid manly baloney. Go girls!

Grant said...

Speaking of that first cover, which story does it go with, "Master of the Cats"?
(Having almost a one-track mind, I can't help being curious about ANYTHING concerning that cover.
But I'm also sentimental about almost any weird story that has to do with Egypt.)

Mr. Karswell said...

The cover is unrelated to anything inside the issue... Master of the Cats and the Jack the Ripper story are already both in THOIA's archive

J_D_La_Rue_67 said...

I almost can't believe the second one is a 1971 comic, I'd have said 10 years before maybe. But it has a nice silly little moral, ok.
As for the first story, it IS funny ("I'm good looking, why can't I be a model?" Because the first one to hire you will be a raving maniac, that's why),but the art makes it cool. Love gorgeus female ghosts, especially when they scream "Faster! Faster!".
Nice double feature!

Grant said...

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Beaumont's resemblance to the Joker at the end. Since I know Golden Age (and most Silver Age) comics so badly, I don't even know whether he was being drawn like that at the time. If not, it's a real coincidence.

Was the second cover (as opposed to the story itself) actually drawn for "Weird Romance"? Either way, it reminds me of one of the few clich├ęs in that kind of story that I'm NOT sentimental about, the "spanking" joke. And in my case, I don't even have serious reasons like sexism; I just never liked it, period.

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Mr. Karswell said...

We did a comparison of those covers before here, it's funny when a publishers thinks they're pulling a fast one on us. Same with the WEB OF EVIL series, check out this one from the archives: