Monster of the Day #1531

I’m actually kind of fascinated by the fact that there was a publisher so desperate that doing even shoddier rip-offs of those garish Eerie Publications black and white comics was a thing. These, it turns out, were put out by Stanley Publications, who had been around in the ’50s mostly doing those pulpy man magazines, the kind featured here back in the day when they featured animal attack covers. Their output including the subtly titled All Man and Rugged Man and Man’s Adventure. These were published briefly in ’56-61, but then the company was apparently revived in 1970 to put out a slew of these horror comics. This version of the company lasted only a few years.

Those interested can see such a comic here. They look at least as inept as Eerie’s stuff, if not as gory. Maybe they were hoping to be more kid-friendly. (Of course, kids wanted the gory one.)

  • Gamera977

    Hmmmm, I just read these for the articles…

  • Beckoning Chasm

    The women in the bottom two panels look identical, aside from the hairstyle. I wonder if it’s the same woman? It would be interesting to see if she kept appearing on the covers, her expression more and more blase. “Oh, a walking skeleton? You’ll have to get in line behind the ghoul with the knife. I don’t care how long you’ve been waiting, it’s Wednesday and the schedule is very clear.”

  • Imagine waking up in the morning and finding that red winged thing hanging out by your bed. Yeesh.

  • bgbear_rnh

    Such is the life of a scream queen.

  • bgbear_rnh

    A cat with nine lives and is one of the undead. Mind blown.

  • Wade Harrell

    His asymmetrical design is enough to give me nightmares! I imagine the artist thinking, “OK, I’ve go to draw some kind of bat-winged demon thing here, but they ain’t paying me enough to find a picture of a bat to see what they actually look like so..”[does some drawing].”OK, that wing doesn’t look right, so let’s try a different approach for the other one” [draws some more]”…err, well, um, still not good, I guess I’ll just put a bunch of those ski-slope boobs on the cover and the kids will never notice.”

  • Wade Harrell

    I wonder if the creature at the top is the vampire cat? The nose and mouth are kinda cat-like. And the ears.

  • bgbear_rnh

    Does seem to have a cat-like tail unlike bats that usually incorporate most their tail into the wing structure. Or it could be illustration for “Bride of the Beast” (somewhere Ed Woods is calling his after life lawyer).

  • sandra

    My guess would be Blue nightgown is Bride of the Beast ( which lacks any ribs in its left wing), Red nightgown is Vampire Cat and Yellow nightgown is Soul Collectors. Of course, Blue Nightgown could also be Assault From the Unknown.

  • Eric Hinkle

    Say, is anyone else watching Gojira on TCM right now? They’ll be having some classic horror and SF tonight through Friday. Though of course Manciewicz had to snark about how primitive and crude these films are.

  • Marsden

    There is monsters there? Asymmetrical what now?

    Oh, monsters, of course I notice the monsters….

  • Marsden

    That’s a great post. Can’t argue with the schedule.