Friday, June 23, 2017

The Were-Tiger of Assam

You guys thought you were getting off pretty easy with only one were-tiger story this month, didn't ya? Well, no such luck... and though this one is a bit lengthy, way more on the high adventure side, and a tad light on the horror, it's still loads of fun and actually very funny at times-- and Charles Sultan draws such a sexy, purring, snarling Tigra, you'll totally forget all about that other weird ass were-tiger-- guaranteed!

From the Nov. '51 issue of Adventures into the Unknown #25.


BTX said...

The guy's a regular Race Bannon. A less jerky protagonist than the last WereTiger story, but still no happy ending. No bestiality you know.

Brian Barnes said...

I like it ... as Karswell said, it's less a horror story than an adventure yarn. It's also a bit more of your regular pulp-y "real man" adventure. Our hero basically runs over everybody, the villain crackles and explains everything, a hot lady "prize" shows up, everybody bows down to him and there's a convenient wrap up ending.

There's some really nice tiger art in this. The artist was using an actual reference!

Mestiere said...

Here there are some interesting ideas in an otherwise average adventure story. On page four Clint pulls a gun on Tigra while she is in her tiger form and she doesn't seem to realize it. Is she incapable of recognizing a gun in her tiger form? Does filtering her consciousness through a tiger brain interfere with how she sees the world? I can see how that could be.

People who have visionary experiences or are under the influence of certain hallucinogens (iboga, ayahuasca, psilocibin) often see therianthropes, creatures that combine animal and human features. In this story it's as if the world of the therianthropes is real but sort of in a parallel universe. That's kind of a cool idea.

There are a lot of legends about weretigers in Asia. In India they are usually sorcerers. In Thailand a tiger that eats a lot of people can sometimes turn human. Certain evil ghosts called Changs could turn a person into a tiger. It could also be a hereditary family curse. But my favorite is a very ancient teaching that says that all human races are actually animals in disguise except the Han Chinese who would be the only true humans. That takes ethnocentrism to a whole other level!

Morbid said...

Never expected to see a furries fetish story in THOIA, but here it is! Some striking art in this one.

Glowworm said...

I remember reading this story awhile back--I think it was the first weretiger story in a comic I had ever read. Yeah, this is less of a horror story and more of a badass adventure one.
I always felt a little sorry for Tigra, poor thing taken from her home and forced to work for a madman without truly knowing what was going on.
Also, she risks her life to save Clint, but doesn't get to reunite back in the human world with her. Oh, well, perhaps it's for the best and she'll finally get that tiger man she always wanted although she'll obviously never forget Clint.

I do laugh pretty hard when the villain immediately identifies Clint as an American.

Mr. Cavin said...

Lovely art! And what a beautiful example of the old CLINT FLICKER comics lettering taboo! I know I have the sense of a humor or a mature thirteen-year-old, but so do many comics editors. My assumption that visual innuendo like this is fully premeditated can't be completely off-base. When I read about CLINT boning-up on stuff, or keeping a head on the job, I feel like I'm in on the joke. Like grumpy cigar-chomping New York publication moguls are speaking straight through time, directly to me, thirteen-year-old to thirteen-year-old.