Monster of the Day #1228

It’s Halloween week! I think I’ll do some Marvel horror comics from the EC era. These look pretty sweet, although suspect they were rather tame compared to EC’s stuff, given that it was the latter that led to the creation of the Comics Code.

I assume The Ghost Still Walks because who can afford a car in today’s economy?

  • Gamera977

    And a ghost on a skateboard don’t get no respect…

    ‘You’re a 500 year old ghost for crying out loud, way too old to be cruising around on a skateboard like a teenage punk!!!’

  • Beckoning Chasm

    It even looks like Al Feldstein’s work. One bit that bothers me is the creature’s hair–specifically, that dark patch on top that looks like someone started drawing the face turned the other way, then thought better of it.

  • bgbear_rnh

    She is mighty upset to see a guy in the lady’s restroom.

  • Eric Hinkle

    “My Brother, The Ghoul”? Don’t we all have a relative like that?

  • bgbear_rnh

    Better than if he was suffering from the delusion that he was a seahore bird. “My Brother, the Gull”.

  • Rock Baker

    I wonder if the makers of FRIGHT NIGHT saw this image…

  • Flangepart

    And on that note…from that angle, how the Sheldon Cooper can she see what’s in the mirror? I’m not buyin’ this!

  • Marsden

    That’s that routine from Bugs Bunny when there is no mirror and the ghoul does everything the guy does.

  • Luke Blanchard

    This is actually a Marvel comic, from 1952. The publisher was Martin Goodman, who also published magazines. Atlas was his distribution company. Marvel did a lot of horror comics in the period.

  • Eric Hinkle

    Until the lovely lady steps in front of it and the Ghoul sees her.

    “Peoples! AHHHHHHHHH!” As he runs away in horror.

  • Luke Blanchard

    EC started the horror boom, but a lot of other companies got on the bandwagon and also published sensational and grisly material. I’m not in a position to generalise about Marvel’s horror output, as I haven’t read that much of it. I think it was out to entertain rather than to be really disturbing. A shock ending might consist of a character turning out to be a vampire. Villains often get their comeuppance. Some stories had an element of humour.

    The darkest two I’ve seen are “Alone in the Dark!” from SUSPENSE #16 and “The Blood Brothers!” from SUSPENSE #22. Spoilers warning. In the former a boy has been left at home with his uncle, who is clearly insane and means to kill him. The madness of the uncle is disturbing and the middle of the story is quite intense but its twist ending has a cosy feeling. In the latter the world is taken over by super-intelligent pigs who telepathically enslave humanity. The ending is quite dark but the story isn’t deeply disturbing as one doesn’t take it too seriously.

  • Ken_Begg

    Ah, like the Lights Out episode about the Chicken Heart that consumes the world. (Speaking of, run up a list of great Halloween radio episodes.)

    Great stuff as always, Luke. Thanks!

  • Beckoning Chasm

    Speaking of radio,”Suspense” at its best was always better than “Lights Out.” With the exception of a really weird one called “He Dug It Up,” most of the “Lights Out” episodes were really preachy and obvious.

  • Ken_Begg

    Well, you had The Dark, and Chicken Heart, among others. So Lights Out could bring the goods. Suspense definitely had some great episodes, though. Three Skeleton Key is a classic. I really implore anyone who hasn’t heard the show to check out Quiet, Please. The Thing on the Fourable Board is terrific. Let the Lillies Consider is more subtle but still spooky.

  • Beckoning Chasm

    Another really eerie episode of “Suspense” was “The House in Cypress Canyon.” Definitely check that one out–one of their best.

  • The Thing on the Fourable Board was almost what radio drama was made for. Damn good stuff.