Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Flayed Hand

The great submissions just keep coming! Today’s post is from the July 1944 issue of Classics Illustrated #21 titled “3 Famous Mysteries” and contains a spine chilling re-telling of Guy De Maupassant’s excellent The Flayed Hand, featuring wonderfully weird art by Allen Simon. Other stories in this issue are the Sherlock Holmes adventure The Sign of 4, and Poe's "tale of ratiocination" The Murders in the Rue Morgue. (FYI: I'll be posting Rue Morgue early next month.)









Thanks to Todd Hunter for the scans!

11 comments:

todd said...

I have to wonder what the Hell kind of marriage they had before he snapped. I never thought about it before, but if you marry a green guy with red eyes, yellow fangs, and no shirt, your judgment is probably a little bad to begin with. Oh, well.

Anonymous said...

ANOTHER GREAT SPLASH TODAY! LOVE THE ROUND PANEL OF THE SEVERED HAND AND THE GARGOYLE ON PAGE 2 AND THE BOTTOM PANEL ON PAGE 6 WITH HIM LURKING OVER THE CITY. VERY COLORFUL AND SPOOKY STORY.

The Vicar of VHS said...

Well, now we know where Rob Zombie got the inspiration for his "look"! :)

I was unfamiliar with the de Maupassant story, but the art here is definitely the star. I do admit to being a little distracted/put off by the type-set titles and dialog. How common was it to do that rather than hand-lettering, I wonder?

But a great tale. Only in centuries past would it seem perfectly natural to take the severed hand of a maniac home "as a warning to others!" Wait, who's it warning if it's IN YOUR HOUSE? Your wife and kids? I'm sure they got the picture--DAD'S A FREAK!

I also love the "back scratcher" panel. You could make a mint selling those at horror cons.

Waitaminnit--"Henry Matson"..."Charlie Manson"...prophetic?

Jeffos said...

The artwork on the hand is particularly good. I imagine it gave nightmares to many kids.

But what the deal with the final speech bubble? "The dead never betray their secrets" -- said the dead man as he tells us his secret? Where did the story come from?

Another villain who can't stop monologuing.

bluebeatle said...

One thing you have to admit about Classis Illustrated, They had a great writing staff LOL. Great story and great art. As for the typeset lettering, I think Classis did that to make their stuff more like a "real book" as opposed to those nasty old funnybooks that turned kids into flesheating zombies.

Anonymous said...

bluebeatle is right vicar, most of the classic illustrated lettering is not hand lettered, at least none of the issues in my collection are anyway.


this is a cool post though, the splash would made a great black light poster. looking forward to rue morgue!

Horror pariah said...

>Rob Zombie. Hahaha!!.at least no one let this guy behind the camera,and seriously he looks more like a younger,more er....handsome version of Warren's Uncle Creepy.

Tim Beard said...

This is fantastic. The artwork is really great. I am totally looking forward to the Poe adaptation.

Karswell said...

Thanks to all the great comments today... I seriously believe I have THE BEST commentors in the blogsphere, everyone who stops by is very articulate, obviously informed, and funny as Hell. I think I may start a weekly contest and on Fridays award the best comment of the week with something akin to a Marvel "no prize." Sound like fun? If it makes me shoot Mountain Dew out of my nostrils (and there have been many of those) then it's a winner!

See ya'll tomorrow with a Kaiju-esque attack!!

todd said...

"I was unfamiliar with the de Maupassant story, but the art here is definitely the star."

De Maupassant had several stories about disembodied hands, but most of this was made up for the comic either way. I wish I were fluent in French: De Maupassant is only as good as his translator.

Scary said...

I've read the original Guy de Maupassant story and this is a very loose adaptation. I'd say pages 6 and 7 are the only ones that are actually faithful to the original. The rest of the comic version is made up by the folks at classics illustrated...