Thursday, July 30, 2020

The Monster

If anyone ever does a collection of Paul Reinman horror stories, I hope this murderous monster of Frankenstein spectacular from the April 1952 issue of Marvel Tales #106 is in it. I mean, aside from just being a flat out great story in nearly all pre-code comic aspects, it truly contains some of Paul's most panel packin' awesome work. The row o'four in the middle of page 5 for example should be hanging in an art museum, --or deadfinitely in a dungeon somewhere! I hope you all enjoy it, and I hope you all dug this full month of "The Atlas" tales, haha. Lots more on the way, stay tombed...

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Graveyard!

Time once again for another rousing adventure into the highly satisfying realm of the ill-fated great white hunter genre. You've read enough stories here over the years to already know this ain't gonna end well for 'em, so just kick back and let Dick Ayers set 'em up for the wonderfully big take down. Originally featured in the March 1954 issue of Mystery Tales #18.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

The Hex!

Let's take a quick leap into the eerie era of post-code Atlas / Marvel tales, with a hexing Don Heck yarn about old world ways colliding with the new! It's a brisk little entry not too far off from the kind of thing you'd find happening in the Twilight Zone, and despite what it says at the bottom of page one, this story originally first appeared in the November 1956 issue of Adventure into Mystery #4.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

The Killer!

All the world's a stage, as The Horrors of it All shines a shivery spotlight on a spine chilling Al Luster crime classic from the April 1953 issue of Mystery Tales #10.

If today's story wasn't scary enough for you, just remember that Halloween is in 100 days!

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The Corpse

Similar to last weeks post about the island, today's somber little tale of luridly living on, from the August 1953 issue of Menace #6, is as morbid as it is terrifyingly touching. It's a spooky Stan Lee and Russ Heath team-up, packing four pages of putrid punch to tug at the noose-shaped heartstrings you feel slowly winding around your throat...

Who else could you get to stay with a ghost, you ask? How about the woman that recently died in the house?! Anyone hear a knock at the door?

Sunday, July 19, 2020

The Bones...

If you've ever felt the uncontrollable urge to kiss a moldy old human skull just dug up from an ancient grave, then this is definitely the story for you! From the super spooky, September 1953 issue of Men's Adventures #23, and highlighted with art by mad Mort Lawrence who kindly signed his name right on the tombstone in the splash.


Thursday, July 16, 2020

The Baby-Sitter!

The weekend is still a few days away, but who's got big plans coming up? I guess in our current age of social distancing and hot spot closures it's tough to find some of that much needed entertainment and excitement. But when you do find it, oh boy-- call The Babysitter!!! Just be sure you have all of your P's & Q's in order before stepping out, because you never know what frightening frame of mind people are actually in these days. From the February 1954 issue of Marvel Tales #120.


Monday, July 13, 2020

The Storm

There's no need for a boarding pass when you enter today's gate (of Hell), as Vic Carrabotta delivers an aircraft cabin full of awesome creeps (and a really hot number in the cockpit) in this wonderfully atmospheric tale of a crazed killer on the run. From the July 1952 issue of Strange Tales #8.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

The Island

If the summer heat has got you down, why not take a blood curdling dip into the high seas of screams with this Cal Massey "Marvel Masterpiece" from the August 1951 issue of Marvel Tales #102. Boy, there are some really chilling faces in this one, so chilling in fact, that you might not even need to take that doomed dip cuz your blood is probably already freezing over just looking at that shivery splash...

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The Spider!

It's been spider overload here lately in my neck of the woods this summer, so I thought I'd share the frighteningly fuzzy fun and give everyone else the creepy crawlies as well. And wallopin' web snappers, it sure is nice to see some early work from Larry Woromay around here too, even though his sinister spider looks more like a bloated blood tick about to pop. And I'm not sure if I've ever seen laudatory editor blurbs in an Atlas splash like this before, it's pretty funny when you think about it because, well... nuff said. No wait,  --one more thing, if you have a thing about innocent animal death 'n torture you may want to just entirely skip this post today. Fair warning. From the juicy June 1951 issue of Marvel Tales #101.