Sunday, January 27, 2013

Monster from the Pit / Werewolf of Warsham Manor

The April - May 1954 issue of Avon's Eerie #15 is a complete reprint of their May - June 1951 issue of Eerie #1. Check the archive for "Subway Horror." I'll have the one remaining story in the next post along with another living dead yarn-- in the meantime, enjoy these two shaggy tales of terrors in the night!
















10 comments:

Mestiere said...

In the first story two immigrants from Transylvania end up as cops in the same police department in the same "large eastern city". Must not have happened very often.

In the second there must have been some unusually bad communication between writer and artist. On page three upper left panel they see that obviously anthropomorphic creature on two legs wearing clothes and they think it's a wolf.

Robert Warsham was looking rough at 45.

Mr. Cavin said...

In any other story, including real life, it seems to me like everybody's eyebrows woulda shot up when, shortly after the sole heir shows up at the estate, the old man's throat gets mysteriously cut.

I thought Robert Warsham looked a lot like Roger Moore, by the way.

Brian Barnes said...

In the splash for Monster from the Pit, the cop doesn't have a surprised look because of the monster, but because the universal constants of perspective have broken down. Bullets zig to the left then back to straight, the monster has either lost everything below the waist or is standing in a hole (with another monsters with a bigger hand), and I'm not really sure how that hat works.

@Mestiere ruined my fun by getting here first, but I like to imagine that everybody in that story just ignored the clothes. They all had some explanation. "He must have been going through the trash and got them stuck on him!" BTW, even giving the obvious story/art problem, it ends with the wolf needing to "clutch something" in his paws!

This publisher obviously had some problems with the concept of horror. For a cover, it's always good to have some hot women in chains, but that doesn't sale monster mags; blood and guts and terror does. It's a good cover, but not one for horror mags.

These are both fun, looney tales.

Turok1952 said...

That is hilarious with the werewolf story that people don't notice it's not actually a wolf. I thought, Oy vay... a blind beggar would know the difference!

But the real funny scream comes when the werewolf is sitting there dead beside Warsham's corpse and this schlemazel says there are no such things as werewolves but notices "the other half of the broken necklace." Hahahaha! I love it!

This was a great mag, obviously! I checked out "The Subway Horror," too. Boy, what a woos Mr. Horton was!

Trevor M said...

Thanks for posting these two oddball werewolf stories. Thanks more for posting that cover. What a terrific cover -- simple, mysterious and actually eerie!

Daniel [oeconomist.com] said...

Oh. bosh! My brother and I used to dress-up the family dog, a Siberian Husky. Every now and then my brother escapes, mistakes a wolf for our now long-since departed dog, and dresses it up in clothing. With that sort of thing happening, it's just no wonder that people accepted the clothing on the werewolf.

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Frightfeast comix said...

Sheer awesomeness !

Todd said...

I like how Sgt. Gruszy has only one set of clothes and an uninterrupted unibrow. No foreshadowing here!

Mr. Cavin said...

Ha! Good catch. I like the very end where Sgt. Gruszy is hitchhiking on down the road like the Hulk.