Monday, June 3, 2019

The Green Ones

The screams from the sickening, steamy old swamp continue with an eerie Marty Elkin transformation creature feature classic from the May 1954 issue of Horrific #11. I kind of wish we'd used this one in the Swamp Monsters book, but it's very similar in theme to a few other tales featured... and yes, you'll just have to get yourself a copy to see what I mean! (*hint hint) Click HERE for more info!


JBM said...

aakkkk akkk akk aaakkk aak akk akk akk. Thank you Mr. Akk.

Mr. Cavin said...

I love the swamp backdrops in this. They're sort of go back and forth between Jesse Marsh and Mary Blair. The fourth panels on pages two and three are particularly nice examples. I also dig that psychedelic werewolf host: The nice thing about process browns is that, if the registration wobbles even a little bit, it creates an aura of spectral colors at the outlines. Also, he looks like he hit his finger with a hammer. Ouchie.

Todd said...

Good, goofy fun. Is the werewolf elsewhere in this issue?

Mestiere said...

Old Clem: "...them green ones was actin' up last night, a hollerin' an' a-screamin' around. I wouldn't go into the..."

Old Zadok from Lovecraft's The Shadow over Innsmouth: "Haow’d ye like to be livin’ in a taown like this, with everything a-rottin’ an’ a-dyin’, an’ boarded-up monsters crawlin’ an’ bleatin’ an’ barkin’ an’ hoppin’ araoun’ black cellars an’ attics every way ye turn? Hey? Haow’d ye like to hear the haowlin’ night arter night from the churches an’ Order o’ Dagon Hall, an’ know what’s doin’ part o’ the haowlin’?

Clem was talking about the Green Ones, Zadok about the Deep Ones, which are described as greyish-green.

Both stories have the theme of body transformation. The thing missing is the theme of miscegenation, where the protagonist discovers that he himself is mixed with the bug eyed, rubbery lipped, inhuman underwater race. Perhaps Lovecraft was drawing on his own fear of a soul-shattering discovery: that he too, might be mixed with the "ethnics" he so despised.

I think Lovecraft is the most racist author whose stuff I've actually read. When I found out the degree of his race hatred I felt I had to reexamine his writings. I believe he was good at a very narrow type of writing. His stories lacked mostly or entirely the following things: dialogues, romance, adventure, heroism, patriotism, optimism, self-improvement, self-sacrifice, love, deep friendships, female protagonists, hope, morality and, especially, humor. There is never any humor. He never tried to write a western, an adventure yarn, sword and sorcery. Except for his terrible poetry, it's all fear. His themes and style change little over time. Perhaps if he had lived longer. In the Walls of Eryx, written 15 months before he died, he tries some straight science fiction. Although it's a very pessimistic tale.

I think At the Mountains of Madness is the tale where his style works best.

Brian Barnes said...

Really good art throughout, and page 7 panel 1 has the shapeliest swamp monster ever!

There's a good bit of Toth in this and I loved the creature design. The camera is a little bit to static in some of the action, but overall, a really good job. The coloring is also uniformly good.

Page 5 panel 3 -- the gun and the hand -- that's a rare misstep.

I love the werewolf host, too, but I have to wonder if he was only inserted because the writer didn't think the audience could figure out that the swamp creatures were were-creatures.

A fun one!

JMR777 said...

Its a shame they printed so few Horrific Comics before the comics code was enforced. The Teller, Victor Vampire, Walter Werewolf, Gary Ghoul and Freddie Demon deserved a much longer comic run. I wonder why they settled on Freddie Demon instead of Danny, Desmond, Deespicable or any other name starting with D.

Walter Werewolf could have passed for a late night horror host - scary but not too scary, menacing with a hint of self parody and a look that was financed on a shoestring budget.

Great find as always, Karswell.

Glowworm said...

I love how Clem and Laura have good judgement. Laura is willing to save her double-crossing sister and husband despite what they attempted to do to her, and Clem was willing to go into the swamp to make sure Laura was safe despite being afraid of the green ones. Jack and Ruby are terrible people though--they make better green ones.

Bill the Butcher said...

Page 4, panel 5: that gum is totally bent in the middle, right? It's not just me? Jack is facing front right and pointing the gun front right while his wife is left rear and the barrel is pointing at her that way?

Bill the Butcher said...

Sweet Ermyngarde is a hilarious Lovecraft story, far funnier than anything out of PG Wodehouse. Also, as a non white person, I love Lovecraft's writing.