Sunday, December 3, 2017


IDW unraveled a new release date for my MUMMIES book, and it's this week-- December 6th in fact! Available in finer shops everywhere this Wednesday, and of course online too (HERE!), this book is a little different in format than the previous larger sized hardcovers in our Chilling Archives series-- it's about the same size dimensionally as a comic book and it's also softcover / square bound, but it's over 120 pages of scary, shambling, mummy shenanigans! Now in today's post, I have a couple of eerie examples of what you can find in said collection: Albert Tyler's "The Mummy's Bride" originally from the July '53 issue of Beware #16, as well as a spooky one-page short from Jay Disbrow called "The Mummy's Hand", first presented in the Sept '53 issue of Ghostly Weird Stories #120 (with both stories appearing here at THOIA for the very first time too!)

So grab yourself a copy of MUMMIES this week and let me know what you think, this is just the first in a new series we're testing called the Classic Monsters of Pre-Code Horror Comics-- and we have LOTS more on the way!


Brian Barnes said...

I'm not too sure about Tyler's artwork here, something strikes me a bit wrong, though he's done a lot of interesting work in the archives, a lot of it I really liked. He seems to have a bit of a problem with female faces; our young daughter doesn't look to young in a number of panels. That said, he's get the sexy nightgown body great (a requirement in pre-code!) and his mummies are cool and creepy, and the splash is awesome. I'm of two minds with the art!

Overwrought narration and a bit different resolution and we've got a pretty good mummy story.

The Mummy's Hand on the other ... hand ... is a bit meh.

Looking forward to the book!

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Guy Callaway said...

Like the sound of the new format..and I love me some mummies!

JMR777 said...

This was interesting, mummies with skull faces, that added to their menace.

A well drawn tale with lots of detail without becoming too cluttered.

As always, thanks for all you do, Karswell.

Grant said...

"This isn't like you, my were always a scientist without fears!"

That's the kind of line (when it's addressed to a WOMAN) that people are told never to expect in a FIFTIES horror story!

I wonder if "Ivan Sanders" is an inside joke, since there was a famous scientist named Ivan Sanderson. He was also a paranormal writer, so putting that name in a story about a mummy's curse could've been part of the joke.

Mr. Cavin said...

Neat double splash page here. I don't know that I've seen that very often.

I also found the art in this one to be, ah, mercurial. Pages two and three are pretty awkward. But the first and fourth pages are really marvelous. I love the way this dude draws mummies for sure. All those bandages are like medical tape!

Nice that the book is finally here just in time for gift card season!