It's not all fun 'n games here at THE HORRORS OF IT ALL, and occasionally we take it upon ourselves to educate you fine readers with a little bit of TRUE CRIME history. So if for whatever reason you're not already familiar with the Burke and Hare murders that occurred in Scotland in 1828, (click HERE for more) then you my friend are about to learn of a gruesomely true tale of sick supply and diabolical demand. From the March - April 1948 issue of Exposed #1.
You escaped the evil ministers of our last post, now can you do the same from the eerie evil living dead? It's another gross and grimy, ugly terror tale as only "Superior" comics could indisputably do 'em, this one from the jolting July 1953 issue of Strange Mysteries #12.
Ripped from today's headlines comes a tale from the March 1954 issue of This Magazine is Haunted #16. Yes, I don't know about you, but I've kind of suspected that this is what's been going on in our country for a number of years now-- only worse! EEEAAA! GHAAAAA!
On this day in 2007, I got the wild scare up my rear to start a blog devoted to precode horror comics and wow, here we are exactly 12 years later, and with nearly 2,000 posts logged (1,960 to be exact) --and still going! A billion thanks to everyone that keeps stopping by and commenting, (the amount of friends I've made here over the years continues to boggle my mind), and also to all the fellow bloggers who have kept it going as well, without all of you this whole show would've folded long ago like so many others have. So let us now celebrate in the only way we know how-- with more horror, and more specifically, two of our favorites around here: Bob Powell and Howard Nostrand! From the September 1953 issue of Chamber of Chills #19, --yes, the one with THE all-time classic cover!
Detouring back into the 1950's for Werewolf Wednesday with a snarling, toothy entry from the August 1951 issue of Harvey's Black Cat #30. Don't fret over the fact that this tale chooses to depict the werewolf as just a regular looking wolf animal, (I'm typically not a fan of this illustrative decision), because the lovely Lee Elias art, and especially the last page, more than makes up for it!
Two more extremely well illustrated tales from Fleetway's 1976 hardcover collection, The Valiant Book of Mystery & Magic (see previous post too!) Of course these chillers are a bit lighter in story than the usual 50's precode or later Eerie Pub horrors normally featured here, but that shouldn't dampen your enjoyment of the mood and atmosphere superbly created by these fine English artists, especially if you're a fan of 60's / 70's Gold Key or even the supernatural silver age DC series. There's a fun monster quiz in the middle of all this as well...
I finally got my hands on a copy of The Valiant Book of Mystery & Magic from 1976. This 143 page hardcover from England is packed with color and black 'n white tales of the supernatural, featuring a fun and very atmospheric mix of creepy comic strips, monster trivia, and terrifying text stories, and all very nicely illustrated too! A majority of the book is comprised of stories featuring "The Spellbinder", a 400 year old sorcerer (that's him on the front cover below) who is accidentally revived in the 70's by his groovy modern ancestor (that's him in the last scan reading the book-- and more on those tales later down the road), but for now I thought I'll showcase some of the stand alone horror tales contained herein, starting with a trip down to the strange old house by the churchyard...
As mentioned above, I'll have a couple more spooky tales (plus a few monstery extras) from this collection coming up next, so just like old Wulf Saverre-- stay tombed!
Happy 4th of July everyone! And in light of tonight's fiery festivities which are set to ignite in just a few short hours, THOIA has a hot little number by Gene Fawcette to spark your fuses and make your day and night truly explosive! (Okay, who's got a good faucet joke to go with all of this fire talk?) Anyway, have a fun and very safe holiday, and please do not accidentally or intentionally re-enact the splash below at any point tonight! From the Dec - Jan 1951 - '52 issue of Eerie #4.
Another one from the April 1953 issue of Eerie #11 (see our last story post as well.) It's a tale that's just as fun as it is wildly frustrating, mostly due to some writing problems that are somehow even more flimsy than the wonderfully whack Hollingsworth art. See what you guys think as we finally get rolling with some stories here in July 2019 --lots more on the way too!
All three HAUNTED HORROR hosts recently found themselves in splendid creepy company in this amazing illustration by Tampa teacher / librarian, Lou Russo, featuring legendary horror hosts (old and new) and classic monsters alike! Mr. Karswell, Madame Clizia, and Forelock appear on the left hand side of the piece, just above Vampira and Svengoolie. And speaking of, this wonderful piece was also recently featured on an episode of Svengoolie, CLICK HERE to see an excerpt!
Thanks again to Lou for including us in the fun, and also to JMR for pointing out all of this to us in the first place! Can anyone put a name to all of the faces? First person to do so could win a special THOIA prize!