Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Monstrosity / The Boutique Macabre

A couple more Skywald quickies to keep us all gloomed and doomed and in the horror-mood; The Monstrosity is from the same issue as our last post HERE, plus one from the May 1974 issue of Psycho #18. And what say we stick with a few more ghoulish Skywald yarns in the upcoming posts too-- if anyone has any complaints they can take it up with the owner of The Boutique Macabre!

Too much gloom and doom and mood for ya? Need a chuckle? Head on over to my other blog HERE for some 60's TV Horror Listings courtesy of Cracked's For Monsters Only (Paul Reinman art too!)


Mestiere said...

The Monstrosity

Interesting that a creature with no bilateral symmetry would have two eyes pointing in the same direction. And eyelids! It's like a starfish suddenly smiled at you.

The Boutique Macabre

Everything people in 1973 believed about feminists turned out to be true. They really are evil! And just one year after feminists found their suspicions about men confirmed when they read The Stepford Wives.

Guy Callaway said...

I really felt for that blob, but looks like the kids will make it okay.
Leah is a looker, until she gets all stabby, that is.

glowworm2 said...

Aw, the blob had babies! Go eat that police officer, little ones!

Old Mr. Willock doesn't really look that old...
So Leah basically gets away with murder--locals wisely stay away, and tourists become her new paintings.

Brian Barnes said...

The blob tale has been done a number of times, but the white glowing eye effect is really well executed in the art. And it's so cute!

Boutique is a lot of fun, but has a really weird slant; it really plays both sides! Men are lecherous drunks, some women are stuck up busybodies, and feminist are nuts. It's another tale that the ending is obvious, it's the waiting for the last shoe to drop is the fun. Having the last panel be the completed painting is nice.

You won't hear me complaining about more Skywald!

JMR777 said...

The creature in the first story made me think of the Star Trek Episode The Devil in the Dark featuring a creature named the Horta, and it also brought to mind the thing from Island of Terror, though it had a tentacle to feed on people.

The second story falls under the category of "it only could happen in the movies/comics" since with all of the paintings of victims, there would undoubtedly be outraged family members out for vengeance. A knife may be a formidable weapon but it can't defend against a blast from a shotgun. Now if she had the paintings in a back room for select art lovers to see, then the story would have had more believably.

Two neat stories all in all. Thanks as always Karswell!

Guy Callaway said...

"So Leah basically gets away with murder--locals wisely stay away, and tourists become her new paintings."

Yup, Glowworm2, and going by Edward Guelph her shop is clearly in Palm Springs.

Jasper Bark said...

Edward Farthing was one of Archaic Al Hewetson's many nom de plumes and Hume on the Lake was the town in Canada where he lived. The coffee shop was purportedly based on an actual business and the story was even mentioned in the town's local paper when they ran a feature on Hewetson.

Guy Callaway said...

... and don't forget Guelph, Ontario.
My Palm Springs comment was referring to Mr.G's slightly fey manner.

Dr. Theda said...

we may no longer have this issue ... but still have the few pages of this Tale.... Great post !!!