Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Puppets of Death!

Did somebody ask Santa for puppets this xmas? Thought so! And you know that Mr. Klauswell is always more than happy to give the gift that creeps on giving! So Happy Horrordays, gang-- hope everyone gets everything little thing they want and deserve this season. We might be back for a few more before the end of the year, we'll see how the scheduling goes-- so stay tombed! From the February 1953 issue of Mysterious Adventures #12, art by Jon D'Agostino.


Mestiere said...

"A puppet is heavy enough to be used as a murder weapon, isn't it David!" Really? No wonder David found handling them so difficult.

At first it occurred to me that it was Ellen animating the puppets to avenge her father. Since we never saw David dispose of her body I thought maybe she survived the poisoning or only pretended to drink it and it was her all along. As it turned out, it was the ghost of her father and he failed completely to prevent his daughter's murder. Or was it? Are we sure David didn't imagine all that?

"I can't figure it! I guess no one will now for sure what really happened here last night!" David wrote a confession and killed himself. Who knows, maybe his guilty conscience made him imagine puppets moving by themselves and ghosts. Now, had gunpowder marks only been found on a puppet and not on his body then there would be more of a mystery.

glowworm2 said...

"I've got no strings to hold me down, to make me fret, or make me frown. I had strings but now I'm free, there are no strings on me!"

Guy Callaway said...

"look at this mess! Bullet holes and puppets all over the place.."

That could be the greatest sentence ever.
I love when David threatens the puppets ("you puppets will pay off for me yet!") - to repeat: the dude yells at PUPPETS.

Brian Barnes said...

There's some good art here, thought a little light on the backgrounds -- but the colorist just murders it. Whole pages with nothing but blues and yellows, and most everything else just dull. It's really sort of sad, and it's why some of this looks so much better in B&W or re-colored to rescue it from some of these pretty poor jobs. At least none of the colors are offset!

You can't puppeteer horizontally, but I'll give the ghosts a break!

Gerard Gray said...

I loved this one.More puppet stories please!

Mr. Karswell said...

I'll have to dig around for more puppet stories, but there are definitely lots more in the archive, just use the search engine at the top of the page and keyword "puppet." Thanks for the comments!

UP NEXT: A trip to the hair salon!

Grant said...

I was as surprised as everyone else at what happens to Ellen. She seems to have "plucky heroine" written all over her.

Mr. Cavin said...

Ha. I was just finally coming to chime in about how much I like the coloring here. There's hardly ever enough neutral two-color gray in these things, and it makes the dark frames in this one really seem under-lit and noirish. Good stuff!

Happy New Year!