Thursday, October 25, 2018

Find a Pin and Pick it Up!

My hellacious Haunted Horror cohorts, Forlock the Warlock and El Diablo, were lucky enough recently to meet the great, Joe Sinnott, at a convention, and today's post is dedicated to that monolithic meeting of monster men! And seriously, per the story-- if you thought Bill Everett drew some creepy old man faces (see our last post), wait'll you get a load of these gruesome geezers!

From the November 1953 issue of Uncanny Tales #14.


Brian Barnes said...

The image of Walter leering over Miles was great, it had real menace.

Not an expert in Egyptian Deities and I could easily be mistaken, but I thought Bast had the head of a cat. Somebody read something and got it switched around in their mind!

Story is a little flaky in parts but it does track, if you re-read it you can see Walter nudging Miles along, so I'll give it a solid B. Still read a bit left-field, though.

The art is awesome. The shabby apartment, the old men, the shop. All excellent, and the coloring is certainly more workable here. Page 3, panel 4 Sinnott even puts the reflection of the candle in the magnifying glass!

JBM said...

Like finding a bug webbed under the Halloween skeleton, another present from our fiend. Thank you Mr. K.. Yes those are some fantastic faces. This ending seemed no surprise for me, except for the croc head. Wasn't Bast a cat god? Oh well, good fun!

Mestiere said...

Sobek is the crocodile god, Bast or Bastet is the she-cat one.

So Walter Prelle was secretly an Egyptian god! He was living under some miserable conditions. He must have fallen into some hard times like the gods on the TV show American Gods. Sobek was a protective deity, invoked to ward off against things like the evil eye. Here he had just enough power to protect himself.

I want to see a story with the Egyptian hippopotamus goddess Taweret. Up to now i have only seen her on the show Lost.

People associate sticking pins on dolls with voodoo but it actually originated in Europe. The connection with Haiti and Africa is due entirely to movies from the 20th century. Specifically the cunning folk of Britain—professional practitioners of magic—would make a doll of a witch out of rags and other things and stick it with pins to inflict pain or nullify her bewitchment. Here is an example from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Cornwall, England.

Mestiere said...

My Taweret link used to show a bigger picture. Let's see how long this one lasts.

glowworm2 said...

Man, this Statler and Waldorf reboot is really gritty!

Also, like everyone else was saying, the last time I checked, Bast was a female cat goddess.

anthrax2525 said...

Yeah, Bast was a cat-headed goddess. There's one more.

68 years with Marvel, 26 years of the Sunday edition Amazing Spider-Man comic strip, and Joe Sinnott's still trucking on!

Mr. Cavin said...

Aw that's a great photo of Sinnott, who is probably my favorite crosshatcher of all time. Normally I would totally rue the fact that he spent so much of his career working behind other major artists, but he was also such a brilliantly great inker that I can hardly complain about it (though I do prefer it when he's finishing his own pencils).

One thing though. Joe Sinnott had a cat head. I don't know who took that picture, but it's wrong.

Caffeinated Joe said...

I knew something was gonna happen, but I didn't see that end. Interesting stuff.