Saturday, September 8, 2018

Satan's Woman Prize!

If you enjoyed the satanic shenanigans of our last post, wait until you see what we've got up our smoldering sleeves today, from the January - February 1954 winter issue of Eerie #14. This is kind of an interesting issue in that Norman Nodel and Vince Alascia teamed-up on art duties for all four comic stories contained herein, and also created the canoeing cover art together! Eerie #14 was also the last issue of this great Avon series to feature all original material, before dragging along for 3 more issues by simply reprinting Eerie 1, 2, and 3 (but with new cover art) in the exact same order as well.











7 comments:

Mestiere said...

"Satan is powerless for those of us who resist him!"

That's not what we saw in this story. He won. And how was baby Tanya supposed to resist that satanic baptism?

This story comes from the Christian practice of baptizing babies. None of the other major religions do that. Presumably Tanya's parents were not Christian or belonged to a denomination that doesn't practice paedobaptism. Infant baptism was supposed to exorcise any demon in the baby.

The story shows the Devil actively creating discord, violating freedom of will in the case of baby Tanya, and yet the people he corrupts don't seem to go to hell. They seem to turn into ghosts reenacting their sins over and over. The author seems to have invented his own religion.

I guess that the story is horrific in a similar way that the movie Hereditary is horrific. It completely disempowers the victims of evil.

glowworm2 said...

I don't think Tanya's really that great of a "prize woman" for Satan if she only lived to be 18 and only got two men as her victims...

Mr. Cavin said...

Any comic with red and blue colored girls is already halfway to home plate with me. I also really like the splash art here, those chunky Mignola-like demon shadows, and there's certainly no denying the power of that lightning strike climax, either. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the issue (whenever that happens). This is not a team of artists I'm not very familiar with, but the work here is definitely attention getting. Not so much this book's imprecise colorist, though.

Brian Barnes said...

The mythology of this thing is all over the satanic map! @Mestiere already caught Satan's problems, but what about "the vengeful lightning" which came from "force greater than evil", i.e., the Christian God. It's timing is awful and I have to say, how responsible is Tanya in this, really? OK, she's evil, but they weren't hypnotized, they were mesmerized, they decided to fight each other to the death for her. That's kind of on them!

Living in the universe of this comic it's be hard to be a believer, it seems both sides of our universal supernatural coin work in confusing and baffling ways!

I love the lightning panel -- right through the throat/heart!

JBM said...

Wow Mr. K. A real winner all around. I think the pencils and ink on this work beautifully. Some panels jump out at the reader. The imps butt, The kicked rock, the fall, and the comeuppance. I rate this one a gem.
Thank you Mr. K

JMR777 said...

Comic book logic, it puts Gallio logic to shame.

Caffeinated Joe said...

Fun but seems quite rushed in the writing.