Wednesday, February 5, 2014

HAUNTED HORROR #9 / Ghosts from Mars

IN STORES TODAY! You keep buying 'em, we'll keep chuggin' 'em out! And here's a putrid preview for you-- a weird sci-fi horror tale from the October - November 1951 issue of Dark Mysteries #3, art by Vince Napoli. Get your copy now to see what other gruesome goodies this icky issue has to offer! (FYI: don't freak-out, the Gene Colan story I promised is coming up next-- stay tombed!)








8 comments:

Mestiere said...

"Good Heavens! It's raining tiny dead monsters!" That's a line I never expected to read.

If the dead Martians —described indistinctly as both corpses and ghosts— were radioactive or poisonous I would understand the menace better. They swarm on you and smother you? Then they are not dead. They can get through walls (they apparently passed through the airplane)? Then they are intangible and shouldn't be able to smother you. They all fit in a single rocket? Then how were they ever a worldwide threat? It all has the logic of a fevered dream, were Don Blunt is "a noted scientist and student of spiritualism and stars(!)" who contacts his dead brother who appears wrapped in bed sheets like a Greek statue. It's all so insane that I liked it.

Mr. Cavin said...

"Why... those 'things' are drawing back from the blood! And my dead brother's ghost said 'blood' would help..."

You know, we tend to blithely throw around terms like "total lunacy" and "raging insanity" and the like, and that has left me with very little left to describe the staggering what-the-fuckery going on in this magnificently bonkers onslaught of top-volume freakishness. Can the pedal be stomped any harder? Does the needle go any further into the red?

Mr. Cavin said...

PS, the latest issue of Haunted Horror has another fantastic cover! What's it from?

Karswell said...

We thought you guys would like this one, haha!

Cover art is originally from the August 1952 issue of Strange Stories from Another World #2, art by Norm Saunders who painted all 4 covers of this great short lived series.

Brian Barnes said...

What a kitchen sink story! Aliens! Ghosts! Skeletons! Blobs! More Ghosts! Space Ships! The military! The scientist! There would have been an ape if they didn't run out of pages!

Hey, Karswell, did you guys improve the coloring on this? It's a lot brighter than I usually see with comics of this age.

Karswell said...

Yes, the contrast is adjusted to brighten up the pages and covers, some of these are of course pretty fade and / or murky and definitely need a little extra love and tweak attention-- just like I do with the scans here at THOIA.

We'd love to hear what everyone thinks of the new HAUNTED HORROR issue, drop us a line anytime!

JMR777 said...

Raindrops keep fallin' on my head....

or

Its rainin' men, halleluiah its rainin men, amen...

or

Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain...

Forgive my ghoulish humor tonight, I'm just in a real good mood after reading a real weird tale from pre code days, that and the fact that the power finally came back on where I live after almost two days. (Philadelphia PA area) I pity those who won't get their power back until Sunday!

All in all, given a choice between dealing with the threat of undead/ghost Martians or being in the dark and no heat, I would rather choose the latter.

Grant said...

It's tempting to think that the whole "dead alien bodies" part was inspired by the "Roswell" type stories from the late ' 40s and early ' 50s (Roswell not being the only one). Except that you always here how those stories stopped being popular pretty quickly, and took a long while to make a comeback and really become part of pop culture. But it's still possible.

It's interesting how Blant is a scientist in a lab but a "student of the occult" and believer in it. So much of the time (in and out of fiction) those two things are pictured as very big enemies. It's almost easy to imagine Blant getting his own comic series, as one of those "occult detective" type characters.