Friday, December 7, 2018

Vampires! Voodoo! Vengeance!

I saved these last two tales from the August 1952 issue of Mysterious Adventures #9 so we could put them together in a doomed Double Feature and compare to see which one is more hilariously inept in the storytelling. One is clearly miles better than the other (in the art department too), and seriously, OMG WTF is going on with putting narrative blocks at the bottom of a panel?!! Also-- put skulls EVERYWHERE! It doesn't get much worse, or better (depending on your POV) than these two creepy clunkers-- and that, my friends, is why I love precode horror so stupid stinkin' much! Fun fun fun, and a perfectly putrid wrap-up to this FULL ISSUE presentation. Oh, and since it is December, I thought I'd throw in a xmas ghost just for some additional spooky spice! A big thanks again to Danger Diablo for the super scans to this insane issue!































Huh??!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Terror of the Lion's Revenge!

Here we go with the next traumatic tale in our look at the August 1952 issue of Mysterious Adventures #9. And like our last post, it contains yet another tried 'n true story plot that found its way into many a precode yarn --our last post being the fake your own death for money scheme gone wrong--, while today's terror trope is to put a conniving white guy into a jungle full of riches and superstition and see what happens. Do we know what happens? Oh yes, hahaha. And it's always a cause for celebration when we can add another horrific Hy Fleishman illustrated story to the THOIA Archive too!













Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Terror of the Lively Corpse

After two full months of Atlas classics, it's time to delve back into the macabre mix of other precode 50's publishers. And since it's December already, I thought we'd kick off our first week of posts here with a FULL ISSUE presentation from Mysterious Adventures #9, published in August 1952 (all scans provided by diabolik deaddio, --THE Tommy Stanziola!) This is a totally batshit crazy issue as you will see, and the lead-off story is a good example of terrifying things yet to come! Good lord, how many times have we seen this disastrous ending happen here at THOIA over the years?!! I seriously will never get enough of that "Don't do it, you dummy!" plot...















Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Deadline / Beware of the Chair!

It's a perfect day for a double execution, as we wrap-up our Stan Lee Tribute Fest of 2018 with a double header of doom! Stan penned the first story, with art by John Romita, while our second tale is a request fulfillment for more Joe Sinnott! Always glad to oblige that request. Both stories are from the June 1953 issue of Men's Adventures #22, highlighted with a spectacularly spooky cover by Bill Everett! Hope everyone enjoyed this 2 month stretch of precode Atlas horror classics, --and don't forget to give another toast to the one who made it all possible! RIP to The Man.



























Sunday, November 25, 2018

Monkey Face!

Sometimes 'ol sure smilin' Stan could be a real barrel of silly monkeys, as evidenced by this quickie classic from the August 1953 issue of Astonishing #26, story art by Manny Stallman (cover by Russ Heath.)







Thursday, November 22, 2018

The Planet of Living Death

Another one from the September 1953 issue of Menace #7, and this time Stan teamed up terrifically with Russ Heath for a sci-fi shocker to shiver your spines from beyond the screaming stars! How great is the design of those aliens? I totally love the first panel on the last page... it's like Collin's having a chit chat with the Creature from the Black Lagoon.













And wow-- that's another FULL ISSUE presentation here at THOIA as well! Check the archive for The Witch in the Woods, Your Name is Frankenstein (my fave!), and of course our previous post, Fresh Out of Flesh! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone too, and be sure to give a big thankful salute to Stan today for all of these wonderful, timeless treasures that he gave us... not a turkey in the bunch!