Friday, September 30, 2011

The Man in the Tank!

Friend of THOIA, Alex Grant, emailed me recently looking for an Atlas horror tale which turned out to be this masterfully illustrated Everett Raymond Kinstler criminal classic (and possibly the only story Kinstler ever did for Atlas), from the September 1953 issue of Mystery Tales #15.






9 comments:

Tmdess said...

Love your blog!

I've always wondered if there is a pre-code comic considered the most gory, bloody, violent...I remember reading in Overstreet 30 years ago where it listed "excessive gore" or "perversion"..is there an issue that is really THAT over the top that it's still shocking?

prof. grewbeard said...

the bad guys' profile looks very Ditkoesque.

all the hicks have AK47s now so i don't recommend this practice unless you have a tank...

Anonymous said...

The *other* kind, prof. grewbeard? :) And I would be interested in what tmdess is talking about; (not in *reading* it probably; just a "Guinness World Book of Records-type entry would be fine; OK *maybe a listing of the disgusting stuff; *but not while I'm eating, or for several hours afterward! Maybe that infamous one of the decapitated head and the ax?)

DBurch7670

Karswell said...

>I've always wondered if there is a pre-code comic considered the most gory, bloody, violent...

There are many, THE HORROR OF MIXED TORSOS might do the trick for starters:

http://thehorrorsofitall.blogspot.com/2008/04/horror-of-mixed-torsos.html

>the bad guys' profile looks very Ditkoesque

I was thinking a bit of Jordi Bernet myself, but Ditko works too.

>maybe a listing of the disgusting stuff

There's lots in the THOIA Archive, just dig around. But here are a few that I personally enjoy:

FIENDS FROM THE CRYPT:
http://thehorrorsofitall.blogspot.com/2010/04/fiends-from-crypt.html

KILLER LADY:
http://thehorrorsofitall.blogspot.com/2009/02/killer-lady.html

SpaceLord said...

Again a beautiful presentation, dear Karswell!
I myself am presenting four Atlas-tales in german on my german website. If you wanna see some really shocking lettering, look here...
http://fifties-horror.de/lesewiese/just-crazy/der-mann-der-auf-wasser-ging-the-man-who-walked-on-water
... and despair how german publishers gave it a try at handlettering in the 1970s.
Shameful!

Mr. Cavin said...

I like how the first page set up is all about how cosmopolitan city people can go astray when they reductively underestimate small town folk; but then the comic goes on to present the latter as simple-minded pokes who never do manage to accomplish a single thing in the narrative. And then later the bad guy is killed by a coincidence. Bet you city slickers ain't smirkin' now, huh?

Turok1952 said...

I too was quite taken with the Ditko-esque face of the sorry criminal Pete Henry. It is the area between his schnozz and lips, plus the pencil moustache that does it.
Well, the slimy little worm did it to himself. I just feel sorry for the folks who work at the depot who start to wonder in about a week where the dead cat is.
I would really like to see the remainder of this issue as well. I am wondering who or what "the little monster" is, and as a former paratrooper, I am wondering about "Johnny's last jump."

Frank Forte said...

http://www.everettraymondkinstler.com/

very cool to what he's doing now. at least he puts the comics work in his bio--some fine artistslike to snub comics later in their carreers. great find.

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