Friday, January 11, 2019

Dungeon Dweller of Horror House

Did you really think we were done with the Werewolf Hunter?! Oh, Hell no... in fact, this post may at first look like a single Prof story presentation, but it's actually TWO stories-- you just have to read the other one over at AEET when you're finished here! It's a wonderfully wild, WTF explosion of werewolf / vampire insanity, a fantastically flipped-out freakshow, --and Saul Rosen's art is as gorgeously intense as Lily's. From the August 1943 issue of Rangers Comics #12.

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  1. Never heard of the undead having webbed hands before. That's a new one. I also love that there just so happens to be a handy dandy cabinet full of everything under the sun to deal with the supernatural.

  2. The writer seemed to make up the story as he went along- webbed hands of the undead? Powdered Lupin to destroy the undead? This was the horror comic version of Calvinball, who needs rules when the writer can just make up stuff on the spur of the moment?

    Werewolf Hunter falls into the category of weird but fun comics. Weird in a fun way.

  3. I know our Prof is written in a bunch of different ways -- sometimes a passive observer -- but this is my favorite style. There is not a single moment of indecision. It's like he's constantly on the look out for any, no matter how small, sign of evil and then he's off like a flash throwing stuff in it's face and just snuffing it out!

    It's so odd how some of these stories are so diametrically opposite!

    I love the sudden vampire, page 5, panel 8.

    I miss the pin-up clothes panels, though!

  4. Some observations:

    • It looks like Sterry's lawyer had never gone to the Sterry mansion, since he had to ask the cop on the motorcycle where it was. How did he finalized the deed? Those things require signatures. And why did he believe Sterry to be dead? Since the lawyer is the one who called Mrs. Weir by wire he must have found out about Sterry's "death" before she did. How? Sterry was in his house the whole time!

    "My job is to find what killed that tramp last night". Poor cop, he'll never know it was Sterry, the werewolf.

    • Mrs. Weir presumably did not shake hands with the professor and the lawyer or her webbed hands would have given her away even earlier.

    • It's too bad that Mrs. Weir could completely change her appearance (and for the better!) except for those damn hands.

    • If you are a vampire don't keep huge mirrors in the house.

    • And don't keep a closet full of powders that can kill you.

    • I'd never seen a story where a vampire turned a guy into a werewolf.

    "I heard of you Broussard, and deeded this house to you knowing you would come! Deliver me from the undead!" And immediately Sterry kills himself.

    • A stake through the heart will kill a werewolf. Much cheaper than using silver.

    • One wonders why Sterry had to deed his house to Broussard just to get him to come. Since Sterry could apparently communicate with his lawyer why not get him to just ask Broussard to come to his house?

    "I intend to stay in this house and dedicate my life to carrying out his work". Sure, you'll just have to explain to the police why Sterry's dead body is in the cellar of that house—now your house—with a stake through his heart!

    I found the story entertaining in its randomness.

  5. Brian Barnes, quite frankly, I love the stories where the Professor jumps into action--especially when he starts knocking people out and tackling them in order to get to the danger!

    The odd part though,is that there are at least three stories in this series that DON'T contain the professor at all--although they retain the title. There's still supernatural elements and all that, but the Professor is nowhere to be seen.

  6. Over the top!


  7. I am incredibly drawn to the strange world mapped on page four (panel six). So like our own, and yet so different. What wonders do its green oceans hold? What peculiarities its mysterious pink Florida, thicker than strictly necessary, or it's strange, truncated Mexico? The mind reels at this undead magical demonological orb.

  8. JMR777, what an apt description! Calvinball indeed!

    Mestiere, watch "The Return of the Vampire" (Columbia 1943).

    Thanks for another WH story!

  9. Brian Barnes' and glowworm's comments are right about the Professor snapping into action, but to me that has a downside. A vampire hunter type character (even a respected one like Van Helsing) is a sort of amateur detective, and sometimes (even in a really escapist story) an amateur detective throwing their weight around with people can annoy me. So when practically the second thing he says to Mrs. Weir is "Answer me, woman!" that's a pretty big example!