Friday, September 30, 2022

The White Bones

Ending out the month of September 2022 with a lurid Al Luster jungle jitter Atlas classic, from the September 1953 issue of Spellbound #17. Lots of great leering faces and terrible pointed teeth always populate a Luster tale, and let's see how the great white hunters fair in today's story, though what they're hunting for this time isn't exactly what you'd expect...

Sunday, September 25, 2022

They Got Away!

I've already been finding some really cool, used, vintage Halloween masks as we approach the month of October. The resale shops and antique malls seem to be totally in the spirit, and so am I, of course, so keeping in the aforementioned spirit, here's a fun terror tale starring some masks, as well as the much maligned motorcycle gang. Seriously, is there anyone more clearly doomed in a horror comic book story than the mean, satanic, Silver Age motorcycle gang? Well, maybe the great white game hunter from any comic book era, but whatev, --getcher motors runnin', and head out on the highway, it's time to see what fate has in store for Glenn Danzig and Richard O'Brien leading a cast of cruel characters in, "They Got Away!", (Rated R) from the June 1976 issue of Beyond the Grave #6.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Frankenstein Meets Boris Karload: Master of Horror

It's been a few years since we encountered Dick Briefer's freakishly funny Frankenstein monster, and what better time to get a chill and a chuckle than on the first day of Fall 2022! Some really nice Karloff caricature work here by 'ol Dick as well. From the Jan - Feb '48 issue of Frankenstein #11.

Monday, September 19, 2022

House of Horror II

Atlas liked to recycle story titles (see previous post), and who can blame 'em when it's a really good title! Take for example this wild and wooly weirdie from the April 1951 issue of Adventures into Terror #3, featuring art by Gene Colan! I guess we're doing Werewolf Wednesday a few days early...

Thursday, September 15, 2022

House of Horror!

It's that time of year again, when the Halloween haunted houses start poppin' up all over town to give the locals an overpriced thrill 'n chill or two... annnnd here's another one courtesy of Benulis and Abel, just in terrifyin' time! From the Dec '52 issue of Mystic #15 (cover art by Joe Maneely.)

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Creepshow Video Store Mobile

If you've followed this blog for any period of time, then you know why we talk about the George Romero and Stephen King 80's big scream fright classic, Creepshow (1982) all the time, --it's absolutely one of the greatest horror comic book film anthologies ever made! And this past weekend I drove out to Indianapolis (to meet one of my all time favorite heroes, Bin "Ultraman" Furuya at the All Monsters Attack kaiju convention), and walking past one of the many vendor tables I suddenly spotted something Creepshow related-- an original home video store release Creepshow display hanger mobile! Utilizing the famous poster imagery of the creep in the box office window, and die cut to only feature him with the title, we also get a nice reverse of the image on a spooky, double sided swinger! It's in pretty decent shape too for an early 80's store display piece, a little faded from wherever it once hung, and the base is slightly peeling away at the edges, but for $35 it was still absolutely a steal! Below is my son modeling it for you to show the scale... "It's showtime!"

Sunday, September 11, 2022


A funny little Charlton creature quickie, from the July 1976 issue of Scary Tales #6-- warning you to keep your greedy little mitts off of other people's property!

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Lure of the Snake Goddess

Back in July, we had ourselvesss a ssslitheringly sssexy sssnake girl fessst of storiesss, and longtime THOIA chum, Brian Barnessss --ok, I'm gonna stop doing that now-- was super bummed to see it end, he even requested more. And it doesn't get much more weird and adventurous than this wild tale about Brian's own relatives, one that starts out in the deepest jungles of India, and takes the action all the way to the big city Broadway stage! This would've made for a fun 1940's RKO creature feature, with its increasing body count, mysterious museum moment, and yes, the Medusa-like monster that'll stop at nothing to achieve her gorgeously gruesome goal! And since we haven't had ourselves a casting call around here in a while, I'm going with Dana Andrews as Dan, Joi Lansing as Pat, and magnificent Mara Corday as Mahrana. From the April 1953 issue of Forbidden Worlds #16.

Monday, September 5, 2022

Step into My Coffin

Ahhh, the 'ol fake my death / bury me / then dig me up later so we can spend the insurance money routine has never sounded so good, as yessss, it's yet another in a long line of variations on said tacky tactic that once again fails miserably for the pea-brained person who stupidly thunk'd it up. Is that a spoiler? Nahhh, you longtime followers of this blog already know this rotten routine frontwards and back asswards, so do what the story title says, --just try not to run out of air too fast, ya dang ding-a-lings! From the March 1952 issue of Spellbound #1