Friday, May 24, 2019

Death Fish / Poor Fish!

It's Double Header Fish Fryday for you today, with both main courses guaranteed to twist their deadly hooks in ya! The first story is from the December 1953 issue of This Magazine is Haunted #14, (the final issue of this spectacular series in fact), with art by Bud Thompson, --followed by a rather painful quickie from the April 1954 issue of The Thing #13, with possible art by Chic Stone. Have a great weekend fiends, and don't choke on any fish bones!


Mestiere said...

Death Fish

What an opportune story, this was published just yesterday!

A fish, old enough to become legend, fifty feet long. Impossible? Many sea species show no evidence of aging, living for as long as something doesn't kill them. The bowhead whales and the rougheye rockfish can live over 200 years while the ocean quahog and the Greenland shark can live over 500. Here's the thing, they grow their whole lives, the biggest one is the oldest one. Could that be true for marlins? Who knows! And, of course, the older perhaps the wilier.

For a moment I thought Roger was inside the Enchanted Marlin, like Jonah inside the fish (the Bible doesn't say whale) but that would not be appropriate. Roger didn't eat the fish, he kept a trophy. I wonder how the marlin prepares those trophies!

Poor Fish!

"Where can I hide from the cops. I know, I need a place with transparent walls, a fish tank! Cops don't know that fish tanks are transparent!"

"Once again the blurred shadows raced by the aquarium tank, doubling back in pursuit of the criminal who had seemingly escaped!" Right, the criminal escaped by running into a closed museum. And the cops never looked at the fish tanks. Rod was right! Too bad he never learned to read...

Mr. Cavin said...

I do love a story that gets right down to the impalings. Sometimes it seems like I have to wait around forever. And if anybody out there is collecting good gaslighting panels for ironic use fighting the patriarchy, I think that orange and blue frame at the top of page four is solid gold. Stop acting like a fool, Martha. You've only got one more page to live. Try making the best of it.

The second story feels a little padded, even at four pages. I like the work (I especially like the way the protagonist looks like Beavis all grown up), but the splash is a little bit wasted here, and the ending really needs a full-on skeleton panel. I love all the parts in between though.

Grant said...

The museum security guard looks like an early version of General Ross.

I'm kind of sorry for Rod, and that's partly from seeing so many BARNEY MILLER episodes. Barney and the others were pretty lenient with muggers who were just as bad as Rod, or a little worse!

Unknown said...

To Mestiere: I appreciate you not implying story of Jonah is fictional like some would.
I feel bad for Rod but not Roger. Rod deserved it but horrible way to die.

Brian Barnes said...

The art on Death Fish is great, and the artist either really knew his fish or did research ... or maybe made the whole thing up because I have no idea if those labels are correct or not!

The red haired woman was just added so the artist could draw a pretty girl, those characters actually meant very little to the story, it could have just been him and the captain and the story would have worked the same way. There's parts where the inking is a bit overly heavy, but the coloring is great, the art works well, and the artist has a real eye for action.

Yes, the story on both of them is pretty predictable, but that's fine.

Poor Fish's art isn't as nice, but likable. Script didn't need to pound the "little" or "poor" fish into use with every balloon!

Two fun fish stories!

JBM said...

Shades of Dr. Seuss "Red fish blue fish" Then holy Jerry Lewis more intelligent/manlike animals. Maybe it's all the 50's radiation from atomic tests? Did not see that ending coming even after the human paper. Enjoyed it. The violent crime tale was a bit of a gritty nasty diversion. Was that a severed hand? Strong effing fish faces. Thank you Mr. K. Watch out for hooks.