Monster of the Day #1575

Yay!, it’s Friday. Another advantage of a Monday holiday is that you have a short work week to follow. (Although perversely, it often seems like a longer one.)

This is more of a classic monster rumble cover for Eerie Publications, although the use of mummies is fairly novel.

  • Good God, there’s a lot to unpackage with this one.

    On first glance, this is clearly a war between undead factions. Mummy v. Vampire, if you will. You have the two clear Mummies, with one far behind the first. Lead Mummy isn’t content with a mere wooden shaft through the heart. No, he’s talking the whole head off.

    Then you have the Staked Vampire, in such dire straights that he’s begging you the reader for help. He’s being abetted by the bat, who is clearly Vampire #2. #2 isn’t doing a great job, by the looks of things. Is that Mummy blood on Lead Mummy or Vampire?

    The girl is also of great interest. It doesn’t look like she’s being stalked by the second Mummy (he seems to be observing the proceedings, actually.) Nor does she seem to have been bit by either Vampire. What is she there for?

    I propose that she’s the one who staked the Staked Vampire. Granted her dress, while appreciated, isn’t the most appropriate. However, she’s the only one there who would logically come armed. After all, what does a Mummy need with weapons?

    Her gaze doesn’t really go to the action in the foreground, though, does it? What could she be looking at? Seems more downward in origin.

    Could it be there’s a third faction involved? Mummy v. Vampire v. Super Intelligent Spider?

    I mean, look at the little fellow in the lower left corner. Those wide eyes, the shocked little O of a mouth. That’s not a spider face at all. Someone’s been doing experiments they shouldn’t have. Could there be even more crawling around on the ground.

    In any case, what we have here is no mere skirmish between Undead fiends, but a full on Monster Mash. Mummy v. Vampire v. Super Intelligent Spider v. Mad Scientist. Most interesting indeed.

    Of course, I might be reading a little bit into this cover. But best of week, I’d say.

  • Beckoning Chasm

    The girl’s head looks pasted on. Er, I mean, artwork-wise.

  • Gamera977

    Reminds me of my last visit to the dentist.

  • Gamera977

    I’m rooting for team Super Intelligent Spider myself.

  • Beckoning Chasm

    Actually, now that I look at it some more, I’m betting that the mummies are ripping people’s heads off and re-positioning them. Either that or the lead mummy is a dentist or a wrestler (or maybe both–the Toothpuller would be a pretty good WWE name).

  • I lean red head low cut dress, personally. Though the spider does rate high. I love that face.

  • bgbear_rnh

    Horror in Wood

    Charlie McCarthy? Howdy Doody? Knucklehead Smiff?

  • The Rev.

    Once upon a time, back when it was still the WWF, they had a Dr. Isaac Yankem, D.D.S.

  • Beckoning Chasm

    I have a feeling the latest two “forum posts” were posted by that vampire as he was being staked, and then as he was having his head ripped off. Makes a lot of sense, really