Friday, July 25, 2014

60 Years Ago: Comics on Trial @ SDCC 2014

Our fearless friends of L.A.-based Captured Aural Phantasy Theater are bringing EC horror to screaming life this Saturday night from 6 - 7pm in Room 9 at SDCC 2014! Experience live excerpts from some of the most offending stories, as well as transcripts of the April 1954 Senate hearings attacking comics led by Frederic Wertham,--ahead of a discussion of the impact those hearings had on the industry and art form. Comic historian, Craig "Forelock the Warlock" Yoe will also be on hand!

Find out more by visiting the CAPT website HERE! and at the SDCC 2014 site HERE! 



Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Kiss to Save Him From the Grave! (PART TWO)

And now the startling conclusion to Tom Sutton's epic gothic horror romance classic, from the April 1973 issue of Haunted Love #1. Catch the first half by clicking HERE!









...speaking of KISS

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Kiss to Save Him from the Grave! (PART ONE)

Pretty sure I've never posted anything from my gothic horror nurse story files (wait, do I have a file like that anyway? Apparently, yes!) And here's a good example, a supernatural terror tale dripping with ominous atmosphere, as well as wonderfully inconsistent art from Tom Sutton. Sutton seems a bit all over the place with this one (some panels look as if he's trying to ape Frank Robbins for example too), but it's still a cool and creepy, haunted mansion / ghost story-- it's also a sprawling 16 pages long so I split it into a two parter. From the April 1973 issue of Charlton's Haunted Love #1.










...to be continued!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Hoax / The Sea - Its Givings... and Takings!

I had a creepy chap write-in looking for a 70's comic he remembers as a lad but he couldn't recall any details other than it featured "a sea monster made out of barrels", and another story about a "hot mermaid." Pretty sure he's looking for the August 1975 issue of Monster Hunters #1, --and if this ain't the one I'll eat a hot mermaid! And fyi: the art on the hot mermaid tale is by Pete Morisi, many of you THOIA followers may be familiar with his awesome precode horror and crime work, so check the archives for more-- in fact, check out his Sewer Monsters tale HERE!














Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Snow Madness

A polar vortex has descended upon the midwest this week, so to assist in the cool down, here's an ice cold chiller originally presented in the August 1954 issue of Dark Mysteries #19, --and apologies for the quality, some black and white reprints tend to be a bit on the dark side thanks to the original lousy reproduction. So stay cool, ghouls! Lots more blood freezers coming up all this month!







Monday, July 14, 2014

The Hunter and the Hunted!

I've posted a ton of stories here over the years at THOIA about jerk ass, big game hunters who find the terror tables turned on them gorily and ironically in the final panel-- but you ain't ever seen a bat shit crazy ending like this one-- unless you encountered this tale reprinted a few times in the Eerie Pubs (and don't let the splash panel fool you either!) Originally presented in the August 1953 issue of Mysterious Adventures #15, art by Doug Wildey.







Friday, July 11, 2014

Wheel of Fortune

The final supernatural story from the September 1954 issue of Forbidden Worlds #33, (artwork by Emil Gershwin) --check the last few posts if you're collecting entire issues cuz we've just presented another one here for ya! We'll take a look at some black and white precode horror reprints in the next few posts, featuring guaranteed decapitations, and blood suckins!