JMR kind of spoiled the surprise in the comments of the previous post, but today we begin a two-part minor masterpiece, Sanho Kim's epically eerie, Bloody Mermaid, which took up the entire issue of Ghostly Tales #91 in January of 1972. There certainly isn't enough mermaid horror in the world, and Sanho does an outstanding job with story pacing and atmosphere here. His stylized art technique seems to have improved quite a bit since House of Spiders '69 as well. I'll have the second half for you tomorrow-- so don't swim too far out to sea while waiting!
Charlton art regular, Sanho Kim, seemed to me to be a rather acquired taste. I remember as a kid and flipping through these poorly printed comics at the drug store and not finding Kim's style of eerie, otherworldly illustration at all to my liking. Coupled with the oddly cramped lettering and thin line technique, I typically chose to spend my hard earned allowance on an Eerie Pub or Marvel / Atlas reprint. But now in my half century of life, I look back on Sanho's silver age work with a much higher level of astonished analyzation, and find it fascinatingly spooky, even incredible, and highly atmospheric at times. See what you think with this spider-infested story from the July 1969 issue of Ghostly Tales #74 --plus, a great cover by DC legend, Jim Aparo.
The comic world loses yet another artist legend, Bob Fujitani passed away earlier this week, and today we honor his wonderful work with an encore presentation of two Atlas horror classics already found in the THOIA Archive. Our first selection is from the Spring 1952 issue of Suspense #16, and the second originally featured in the September 1952 issue of Mystic #12. R.I.P.
I'm sure many of you will be able to relate to this next story, as the reason we all gruesomely gravitate to this bloody blog in the first place is because of our undying love and insatiable lust for reading tales of terror and the macabre. See if you don't recognize a little bit of your own spooky selves, as this one draws to its funny little fraidy-cat finale! From the February 1953 issue of Strange Tales #15.
Can't get enough of these Frankie stories lately, can we?