Ace Horror, Jim McLaughlin is given credit as the artist who had the most stories in the Ace horror comics. These two stories by McLaughlin, who had a fairly straightforward illustrative style, are from The Beyond #15 (1952) and Baffling Mysteries #10 (1952) respectively.
In scanning both stories something that struck me is the moody coloring. The story, “Diogenes’ Deadly Lamp” does not have any panels colored in traditional style, although “Don’t Wake the Dead” is a bit more traditional. In both stories the coloring adds an aura of eerie mystery and dread.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
A few months after the Crime Does Not Pay story another version of the Duker story was published, the one I am showing you today. It is from Exposed #2 (1948). The character is given another name, John Hirsh, but it is based on Duker’s story. I’m giving an advance warning that it contains panels with graphic blood, cruelty to animals, and one helluva injury to the eye panel. If you are sensitive don’t say I didn’t warn you.
*You can also read the story presented in 2008 by Karswell at The Horrors Of It All. Just click on the thumbnail.
Monday, November 17, 2014
“Trapped In the Twilight World!” is not one of the monster stories, per se, although monsters abound. It is a story of passing from one dimension of time to another and probably would have earned hoots of derision from Ronnie and me. Not only does “Trapped” give the “truth” about UFOs, but the Abominable Snowman, and even has an early version of Kirby’s big red Devil Dinosaur! Despite still having a vestige of snarkitude I am giving this story a pass due to nostalgia, not only for the memories of those comic books, but also for old friend Ronnie, who died not too long ago.
From Amazing Adventures #3 (1961):
Friday, November 14, 2014
This is the origin story of Misery and his Airtomb. It is credited by the Grand Comics Database to Harry Stein for writing, and Fred Kida for the artwork.
Another story of Misery (and the sexy Valkyrie!) can be found here by clicking the thumbnail.