Thursday, July 25, 2019

The Devil's Kiss!

The sizzlin' summer heatwave here in the midwest has chilled out for a few days, so it's up to THOIA to turn up the temp for at least a few more posts, as we finish out the month of July 2019 with some devil hailin'! And first up, one more from the Super Satanic September 1953 issue of The Thing #10.









7 comments:

Glowworm said...

You'd think the Devil would know that he'd be mistaken for wearing a costume at Mardi Gras--then again, that was probably his reason for showing up there to begin with. I didn't know that kissing the Devil counts as making a pact with him. Normally, you have to declare your soul out loud to him or sign a contract in your own blood.
Also, I may be a woman, but I certainly wouldn't be swooning over that devil. He's not attractive at all!

BTX said...

The Devil has teeny, tiny feet... Must’ve worn lifts the entire time....

Grant said...

"Vanished forever"? I was hoping at the end that she'd get to become his new "queen of hell" (whether she hated it or not) - since being Mardi Gras Queen means so much to her, that could be a kind of compensation. I thought that seemed like where the story was going. But if he keeps reappearing on earth, and she doesn't, I'm not sure.

No offense to her, but I'm a little surprised the devil didn't want the jealous blonde girl at the end. Maybe I have a one-track mind, but along with the face, there's a certain other "something" about her.
(The artist also seems to be giving her dramatic abs, at least in a subtle way.)




JMR777 said...

She is in for one heck of a time!

I guess ol' Scratch wanted to do a bit of business before Lent

Brian Barnes said...

I wonder if this was meant to be a twist on the old dancing devil Urban Legend (a strange comes into a dance hall, dances with a lady who says something along the lines of "devilishly good" and "I am the devil" evil laugh, etc.)

The full head to toe red color is a bit distracting -- I wouldn't have made that choice but everything else is pretty good, art wise. I love the looming devil face in page 4, panel 1.

I especially love the devil face on the extra card you included. He's so happy!

JBM said...

It's too bad about the coloring on page one. I would have liked to seen it done correctly, because that is some enjoyable drawing. I get a little Kirby vibe, especially with the little person. Page 2 panel 3 had me saying "who's the devil here?" Thank you Mr. K. My great grandfather emigrated from Glascow so I have to agree with the plaided gentleman, that is a devil of a story.

Mr. Cavin said...

I like the aggressive art here, too. It comes off muscular and unrefined. I can see why the color choices might not be too popular; but my reaction was that, with the cheap printing shifting the plates all around, the less variegation applied to page elements the better they look. I thought the top of page two was pretty striking just like this, and every page looked really thrilling to me before I enlarged. All those large, merry blobs of blue and red and yellow! If they'd added green, it might have even looked like Mardi Gras!

The "Devil of a good story" card is wonderful. If I understand my printing history, these comics pages are usually put together using one or two CrafTint screens per color, so it's nice to see some full-on expert Ben Day work right there. So rich! I love it.