Monster of the Day #1011

So…they’re marooned under the sea? With flamethrowers and octopi in breathing helmets? I’m not really following this.

  • Those look more like fish with tentacles to me. Which puts me in mind of a song that could stand as a capper for the story in that case:

    If you ever wanna go get a fist in your eye

    Just mention a Saturday night fish fry

    I don’t care how many fish in the sea

    Don’t ever mention a fish to me

  • bgbear_rnh

    Jetta of the Lowlands

    Gee, they did not even try to disguise their product placement back then did they.

  • bgbear_rnh

    I have one too:

    Oh! Who lives in an air bubble under the sea?
    Stupid Humans, Stupid Humans!
    Dry and pink and tresspassing.
    Stupid Humans, Stupid Humans!
    If killing the people is something you wish…
    Stupid Humans, Stupid Humans!
    Then put on a helmet designed for a fish!

  • Flangepart

    “Tentacle fish, tentacle fish, they wanna make the humans a dish.
    Mankind’s doom- slithered into the room.
    All thanks to the Tentacle fish!”

  • Luke Blanchard

    This was the issue for Sep. 1930. It’s in the public domain and can be found at Project Gutenberg. Librivox has done an audio version of the whole issue. The story involves a civilisation that exists in undersea caverns.

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  • Beckoning Chasm

    That’s sort of what I figured from the background, which appears to be nothing but dark green rock.

    I’m curious about the black tubes, though…the ones in the background appear to be coming from the fish? Does this mean the adventurers used the fishes’ own weapons against them?

    Either that, or they brought flame-throwers with them on their undersea expedition.

  • CaptNemo

    C’mon, everyone needs flamethrowers.

    Just like the guys from The Thing, you need something for emergency de-icing.

    And the occasional alien.

  • bgbear_rnh

    They look makeshift, like they disconnected the supply lines from a generator of furnace and lit them as a simple venturi-type burner.

  • Luke Blanchard

    SPOILER WARNING. You’re spot on. The underground people use natural gas, and the heroes connect hoses (“made of some linen-like fabric of tough, shredded sea-weed and covered with a flexible metal sheath”) to the vents in the palace to fight the monsters. The monsters get fresh water from hosing attached to their helmets that they drag along behind them. The fight takes place in the underground city. I think on the cover the rear man is standing in front of an ornamental pillar.