Monday, November 11, 2019

Out of the Crypt

Rising up from the tomb of ancient terror, Mummy Mondays at THOIA is comin' at ya! And like most Superior Publishing tales from the golden age of gruesomeness, this one is particularly way over the top and, to be totally honest, crazy as a bucket full of bats. And it's also a love story! And so, like our last post, let us journey into fear once more with a silly story from the September 1952 issue of Journey into Fear #9.


Brian Barnes said...

Frankly, I want to imagine most of this story was in Danny's head. He stole a mummy, married it, er ... you know ... "kissed it" ... a lot, and finally jumped out the window.

Could the author have meant this? They seemed to spend a *lot* of time on pointing out that he was "acting crazy."

Because if it's real, what a dope! Hey, the idiot sorcerer didn't seem to actually have any magical powers other than snapping his body back together and there's a hundred solutions to that. Next time you chop him up, bury his pieces in cement all over the damn globe. Burn them to ash! Throw pieces in trash compactors! He's going to have a really hard time putting his atoms back together!

BTW, when you get your sexy mummy, why is the first thing you do is to put her in a frumpy dress with a flower hat? MEN! Yeesh!

Page 6, panel 6 is great. I love the wacky position Radamus has on the last page.

Mestiere said...

We have real winner here!

You start immediately with the mind-blasting revelation that the action is happening in the year 37 AD. Suthina is from the year 2964 BC and she is three thousand years old. There was no year zero because the Greeks and Romans—unlike the Indians, Chinese and the Maya—had no concept of zero. So it must be the year 37, not 36. But everything looks like the middle of the 20th century. Does that mean that the story happens in a parallel world with a different, alternate history? One where Jesus lived with 1950's technology? I choose to believe the story happens in the future. After the Second Coming. That is why they restarted the calendar. And why the dead are coming back to life! Or are they?

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"Fortunately nobody comes to this museum. Even after that wino smashed the sarcophagus nobody came to see me sexually molest Suthina's corpse."

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"Suthina! You are so beautiful! I must marry you! I know it will be a controversial interracial relation. Me, a White man. You, a dead girl. But I don't care. I'm too horny! We'll have beautiful half-dead, half alive children! I'll be there at all their births/stillbirths!"

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"You know my name! And you can speak English!"

"Of course I know! Have you not watched me every night for months?"

"So that's why! It makes perfect sense! And to think I was worried I was going bananas!"

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"Hmmm — Something funny about that young couple! Can't put my finger on it, but..."

"Land O'Goshen Abner White! I told you to go to see the eye doctor! Didn't you see that crazy young man was marrying a museum mummy? I didn't say anything because he might be dangerous! Let's go to bed and forget the whole thing!"

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"Come on, folks. Move along now! Nothing to see here. Just a young man having sex with a corpse in the middle of the street!


This story deserves special mention for being somewhat unpredictable and just for its sheer audacity. I liked it!

Glowworm said...

This one is a bizarre story,and it almost reads like a fairy tale with an unhappy ending. A young and beautiful queen is cursed into a death-like slumber for centuries by an evil sorcerer only to awaken from it by a kiss of true love. Yet at the same time,she is only alive during the night and must go back into her death-like slumber once more by day time. (not entirely different from some fairy tales where an enchanted lover is an animal during the day, and a human being at night)
The love between Danny and Suthina is rather adorable though because unlike most horror stories, their love is legitimate, and Suthina has no evil alternative motives here. I love how Suthina is aware of Danny and how much he cares for her, and the way she calls him "My Danny" is adorable.
I actually disagree, Brian. I thought the dress and hat were rather lovely on her. I'm impressed that they're able to constantly re-wrap her in those moldy bandages each night though. It must take an awful lot of time to do so.
Although if Danny had successfully managed to run away with Suthina, wouldn't he eventually get in trouble with the museum for all that property damage? He stole a priceless mummy and "destroyed" another one. It wouldn't be hard to trace it all back to Danny. That guy loves his mummies.
The ending comes so fast and abruptly though. I love that Radamus has somehow managed to put a foot where a hand should be and vice versa. Yet, if Suthina could only be reawakened by a kiss of true love, would Radamus have even been successful had Danny not beaten him to the punch?

Grant said...

This one really threw me. Like probably a lot of readers, I expected poor Danny to get poor Suthina killed, but inadvertently, not in some "If I can't have you, no one will!" kind of moment. After all, that's what Radamus seems to be there for.

Jim Mc said...

Looks like ol' Radamus got fixed up by Dr. Nick Rivera.

JBM said...

Thank you Mr.K. I enjoyed this trip through time.

Guy Callaway said...

So there's a downside to necrophilia!

JMR777 said...

Monster Mag World has its own take on mummy romance or mummy love.

I wonder if the saying 'who's your daddy?' will be replaced with 'who's your mummy honey?'

Todd said...

Ordinarily, I'd expect someone to comment on, "Do you, Danny, take this woman, this mummy that lived three thousand years ago, to be your wife??" But everything here is so insane, no one thing especially stands out. No one even seems too upset at his battered body lying in the street.

Bill the Butcher said...

Oh man I loved the dwarf bellboys in the leaning over hotel that's about to fall on our heeeeeero.

Bill the Butcher said...

It's pretty much the tale of the much later Hollywood movie "Mannequin On The Move".