Thursday, December 29, 2016

"True" Uncanny Experiences: Satan's Hair Salon

Another satanical story that didn't quite make the final cut of my DEVIL TALES collection (available HERE!) comes from the January-February 1953 issue of Skeleton Hand #3. I'm still kind of bummed about it too as I love the idea of our fearless leader of Hades being a hairdresser, haha, but alas, the story itself is a bit similar to another one featured in the book, and you all know how much I love vicious variety! Anyway, it's a short 'n sweet one, so I'll have a larger post up next... in the meantime, why not go getcher hair done up too!


Guy Callaway said...

Wow, I had the exact same experience at a Supercuts. Fact or fiction? What do YOU think?

Glowworm said...

So that's why some beauty salons charge such high prices...
This one is fun.

JMR777 said...

In the story the contract wouldn't hold up in any court (earthly, heavenly or infernal) since she signed under duress.
This was really underhanded even by the standards of Hades, unless of course the devil in the tale was recently appointed to the sales department.

Some guys are just better off staying in the mail room and doing a good job instead of joining the sales department and making a royal mess of things.

JMR777 said...

Happy New Year to Karswell, Horrors of it all and fans of this blog everywhere!
Lets hope the new year will be better than the last one was.

Guy Callaway said...

Yes, best wishes to you, Karswell and everyone who enjoys your efforts!
Much appreciated.

JMR777 said...

Before New Year’s Eve arrives, I wanted to share this with all THOIA readers, this would have been an interesting conversation in a pre-code horror comic, or even a modern one for that matter.

Satan: Hey, um, you sold your soul to me last week and-

Me: No returns.

Satan: Yeah, it’s just that it’s a lot more twisted than I thought it wou-

Me: No returns.

Grant said...

It's funny how this story resembles those text stories in so many horror comics, the paranormal kind that are usually presented as true ones.

Mr. Karswell said...

Thanks so much you guys, and Happy New Year to everyone!

Brian Barnes said...

Gad zooks, why the heck does the devil do all this complicated plots in any of those other comics? This way is much easier!

The weird "premonition" bit seems like it existed only to stretch this one out to 3 pages, it didn't make any difference to the story.

Here's the thing about stories like this: if the devil shows up, and has supernatural powers, then (even to me, an atheist) that's a pretty good sign that there is *some* sort of afterlife *and* my soul exists and is *valuable.* At that point, there's no deal; something else awaits if he has to bargain for my soul. It's kind of a no-win situation.

Mr. Cavin said...

Ooh, I really like seeing that fifty percent Ben Day line screen in action. Typically those were totally out of service by the fifties, so somebody must have been trying to impress somebody by trotting out all the bells and whistles here.

Also, panel six page three is destined for postmodern hipster immortality on Tumblr. It doesn't even need an edit. I can't believe Lichtenstein missed it somehow.

Happy New Year, everybody!