Thursday, October 1, 2020

Countdown to Halloween / Twice-Told Tales BEWARE: TERROR TALES "Horrors of the 13th Stroke"

There are a number of horror stories from the 1950s that couldn't be reprinted in the 1970s...

...so they were redrawn (and often retitled)!

Pencilled and inked by Sheldon Moldoff, this never-reprinted story from Fawcett's Beware! Terror Tales #5 (1953) apparently was considered too scary for the Comics Code Authority to allow it to be reprinted in color comics!
But black-and-white magazines weren't subject to the CCA!
Guess what happened?
No need!
Just be here...
TOMORROW
...for the deadly do-over!
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Four Color Fear
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Thursday, June 18, 2020

CoronaVirus Comics SUSPENSE "Terror in the Tropics"

Here's a never-reprinted goodie from Atlas' Suspense #27 (1953)...
...which demonstrates, quite graphically, how insects carry disease!
Illustrated by Sam Citron, the tale's not as ghoulishly-graphic as some of the others of the Horror Comics era, but it does get the point across in a way that kept it from being reprinted (even with modifications) when Marvel published several horror anthology titles in the 1970s (after the Comics Code loosened up) that reprinted a lot of Atlas Comics material!
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Friday, May 15, 2020

CoronaVirus Comics TOMB OF TERROR "Death Sentence"

What if a disease (germ/bacteria/virus) was sentient?
This tale from Harvey's Tomb of Terror #14 (1954) gives you a scary solution!
Sid Check, who worked with Wally Wood, and mimicked his style, penciled and inked this long-unseen story.
The scripter's identity is unknown.
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Friday, March 13, 2020

CoronaVirus Comics THING "Red Death"

A pandemic rips though an ancient kingdom...
...in one of the most obvious rip-offs of Edgar Allan Poe's "Masque of the Red Death" I've ever seen!
This never-reprinted tale from Charlton's The Thing #2 (1952) was illustrated by Bob Forgione, but the Poe-stealing writer is unknown!
Note: This is part of an on-going series throughout the entire RetroBlog line featuring disease/epidemic/pandemic tales!
Check out the other RetroBlogs on the left of this page for more such stories!
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Friday, October 25, 2019

GHOST BREAKERS "Dr Neff Cracks the Menace of the Vanishing Ghosts" Conclusion

...hired by a group of local sheriffs to perform in a number of close-together towns which have experienced robberies by "ghosts", Dr Neff stops a crime by the pseudo-specters in the first town he performs in.
The criminals disappear...like ghosts in the night, using secret passages and chambers in local "haunted" sites to conceal themselves!
But Neff always has a plan...
Written by Walter Gibson aka "Maxwell Grant", creator of the pulp/comic book character The Shadow, and illustrated by Bob Powell (who rendered art for both the pulp and comic incarnations of The Shadow), this never-reprinted tale from S&S's Ghost Breakers #1 (1948) presents Neff as a heroic "debunker", disproving and exposing those who would use illusion for evil!
There's no indication he ever actually did that sort of thing...
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Friday, October 18, 2019

GHOST BREAKERS "Dr Neff Cracks the Menace of the Vanishing Ghosts" Part 1

We Return to the Never-Reprinted Adventures of Dr Neff, the Ghost Breaker...
...as he debunks more sinister pseudo-specters!
What's Neff's plan for the faux spooks?
Written by Walter Gibson aka "Maxwell Grant", creator of the pulp/comic book character The Shadow, and illustrated by Bob Powell (who rendered art for both the pulp and Golden Age comic incarnations of The Shadow), this never-reprinted tale from S&S's Ghost Breakers #1 (1948) presents Neff as a heroic "debunker", disproving and exposing those who would use illusion for evil instead of good!
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Friday, October 11, 2019

GHOST BREAKERS "Doctor Neff Chases the Jinx from Hoodoo City" Conclusion

...traveling to Hood City for a performance, Dr Neff discovers that the residents believe their town is cursed, and are leaving it in droves!
Neff promises he can break the curse during his magic show that night, and appears to do so!
But there are decidedly non-magical entities who want belief of the curse to continue, and are determined to discredit...or silence...Neff...
Written by Walter Gibson aka "Maxwell Grant", creator of the pulp/comic book character The Shadow, and illustrated by Bob Powell (who rendered art for both the pulp and comic incarnations of The Shadow), this never-reprinted tale from S&S's Ghost Breakers #1 (1948) presents Neff as a heroic "debunker", disproving and exposing those who would use illusion for evil!
There's no indication he ever actually did that sort of thing...
Note that Neff was allowed to use the comic's cover art (see above) for his show's promo posters...
...making these now HTF pieces extremely-kool and kitchy kollectibles!
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