Sunday, May 28, 2023

The Haunted Undertaker!

How about another creepy DC classic? And it's been a while since we've featured anything by bloodcurdlin' Bill Draut, so let us now peel back the cover of the December 1978 issue of Ghosts #71 and see what sort of unnatural things are ominously supernaturaling! (That's a real word, right?)


mike & kim said...

so you're cheating on the town undertaker and you meet at the cemetery?

Brian Barnes said...

A lot post-code DC depended on how ironic you could make the death, and this was a great one! Short and sweet, and just the right amount of setup for the grisly comeuppance.

Poor murderous louts in these stories always have pencil thin mustaches!

Mr. Cavin said...

"I will hold you for the rest of my life."

Yeah, I'm no forensic expert or whatever, but it looks to me like the liar lets go of her juuust before he kicks it.

Also: I agree with mike & kim that canoodling in the cemetery while avoiding the town undertaker is probably not advised. But everybody in this story is a bad strategist. Take the undertaker himself. He absolutely must honor-kill this young couple to save his street cred around town--presumably he is concerned that the citizenry will imagine him cuckolded by the object of his affection and her beau. But that just makes everyone jump to the conclusion that they'd run off together. D'oh! Cucked in the sinister web of his own making! But that guy's a weird one anyway. It's hard to imagine how the man gets from suffering a love so possessive and passionate that he must murder simply everybody to his chortling jocularity when he's finally slamming their coffin lids. That's just freaking cold.

Draut is excellent at facial expressions.

Bill the Butcher said...

While reading the first page and its clean shaven, conventionally handsome Antonio, I already knew Benito would have to have some kind of facial hair.