Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Thing That Walked At Night

Here's a weird one for ya, a day late (of course) for Werewolf Wednesday, and from the same issue as our last double header post of stories-- the Winter 1953 issue of Ghost Comics #9-- with wild 'n wooly art by one of Fiction House's most dynamic art duos, Bill Benulis and Jack Abel!


glowworm2 said...

This darn story is all over the place. Why was Joan given up in the first place, if she was Fred and Alice's actual daughter in the first place. The answer for why Joan keeps going "where the wild things are" in the night is really bizarre too. I know, atomic bombs are responsible for radiation poisoning, but the last time I checked, they didn't result in people growing hair and horns and wandering out at night to feast upon their neighbor's dog.

Also, "She really isn't dangerous,Fred!" Really? I'm not exactly convinced with the way Joan's holding that tree branch like a Louisville Slugger.

Also, what the heck is up with that panel of a naked baby holding a watch to show us that time has passed?

Todd said...

"And if you'd known the truth—even you would have agreed…"

So, uh, maybe just tell him instead of murdering him?

Then again, telling a dying man, "She really isn't dangerous" after she's killed every dog and cat in the neighborhood doesn't reflect a strong grasp of the truth.

Plus, it looks like she's about to beat or stab her mother to death with that tree branch, so perhaps it's a moot point.

Mestiere said...

The story happens a few years after World War II, in the fifties. Yet the Ackers seem to live in a manor-like house with no electricity, lighting their way with candles and dressing like it's the 19th century. But on page five we see an electric lamp and an alarm clock. We are back to the fifties again! Somebody is screwing around with time. Is that what the baby with the watch means?

Joan only begins acting up four years after being adopted, after she hits puberty. When she has her "seizures" her hair turns from blonde to black and gets shorter and disheveled. I know! She's turning into a lesbian! That's why she tried to kill Dan Strout instead of kissing him!

"It started with animals. Now humans". Oh no, it's more serious than I thought!

And now we move on to the perfect ending. Alice was the mother all along and gave birth to Joan in Japan. Can you guess who the father is? It's and oni, a Japanese supernatural being. The oni has horns, fangs and wild hair. We now know why Joan is wielding a club at the end. The oni is known to wield a club. The onis can have children with women. There is a saying in Japanese, "a child that does not resemble its parents is the child of an oni". It is definitely true in this case!

Wait, but what about the atom bomb? That's why they all kept jumping around in time, from the fifties to the 19th century and back. Radiation from the bomb. Don't you just love it when a story makes perfect sense?

Brian Barnes said...

Some great art to back up the wacky doodle story. The splash is awesome, the hair framing the moon and the girl flowing with the hair. It's a striking image. A little misleading to the real monster, but I like the cat-girl-radioactive-x-men image, too.

The same kind of framed flowing image repeats Page 5, Panel 1. The border flow on page 2, yikes, don't do that!

I suspect the baby is supposed to represent baby time (and all the time they ignored) but some editor should have nixed that idea -- if they cared, that is!

I love SUDDEN MURDER PINIC. Great band name!

JMR777 said...

Little Joan from Japan- what happens when a Neko cat girl goes bad. There's a Manga/Anime story waiting to be written.

Loved the bat guano crazy of this story, a great read for a Friday.

BTX said...

GIRL MONSTERS! I love girl monsters! More please!

Mr. Cavin said...

Wow, pages two and three were like a brisk round of Snakes and Ladders. Not my best game, but I got to the final square eventually.

I think a couple of things might have improved this. One: the last two pages have standard panel progressions, and I think that works out a lot better than the alternative. Two, I'm not a big fan of floating caption blocks, and I think exposition should be placed in the frame where the eye will hit it first (which would be reversed from the norm in a lot of this story's structure). Lastly, they really needed to show some horror: some scary pet predation; or at least that box full of dog and cat carcasses. But nobody dared to even draw the box? I would have been really confused, but luckily I'd already read all about it three panels early.

Great monster, though! A Hag Cat! I agree with Mestiere that somebody brought some folklore with them back from the war. It's a really neat idea for a story.

JBM said...

Wonderful posting. The art and story created a nice horror movie tone. So many unanswered questions in this one but who cares? The unorganized surreal aspects just enhanced this tale for me. Was it sad or funny that darling daughter was about to whack mommy? "How bizzare, how bizzare". Thank you Mr. K. this was a fun onion.

Grant said...

I've read at least one fictional story (and heard of at least one non-fictional story) about a husband arranging for his own baby to be adopted by him and his wife in order to "cover his tracks." This would be a supernatural story of a WIFE doing it (for very different reasons).

Speaking of horror movies, that explanation at the end looks ahead to FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD.