Time for another installment of weird ass, Werewolf Wednesday, from the January 1954 issue of Mysteries Weird and Strange #4. Nuff said.
I absolutely adore big headed werewolf. I like our doctor's werewolf head too, which ends up being very hog like (though they forgot to do his hands.)Page 6 is great, the screaming face, the giant bobble head werewolf, the shadowed kill, and I actually really like the shadow against the house as he runs to the car.I like all the strange "modern art" type lines in this, on the splash, and all the crazy colors on the last page. It's an interesting thing I don't see much of on pre-codes.
Of course, I too have to mention the groovy, avant-garde background stripes. At once an expedient and easy way to fill up negative space and--yet again--avoid those tedious background details, but also a florid expression of anxiety and altered consciousness. So damn cool. In places--like the splash or the second panel of page five--the look trips into the sublime, conjuring an Artfully Deco witch-space that Dario Argento would sigh over.Love the Communion-style alien werewolf here, head so big he looks like he's wearing a mask of himself. That panel at the bottom of page two where he's high-stepping out of that Eisner-esque spray of buildings made me LOL. This whole thing was delightful. Even the WTF ending.
Bertha is described as a "fat fool," but in the fourth panel of Page 5 she looks genuinely athletic instead. In fact, just about an all-out female bodybuilder look.
He looks more like a bat in the last panel to me, but a vampire hog is funnier. And I agree, the cool psychotronic background lighting throughout this one really adds some surreal scares. And does anyone named Bertha ever survive in a horror story? hahaThanks for the comments-- got something super Satanic cooked up for Saturdays the rest of the month, so stay tombed for the devilish details-- UP NEXT!
Thank you Karswell, I really enjoyed this tale. I though the art style had a Ditko feel. The two-tone faces were great. The use of shadows overall added to the spooky/feral feeling. The large headed werewolf look is fun.
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