Saturday, May 22, 2010

"The Man Who Didn't Believe in Ghosts"and "Dig Your Own Grave"

Welcome to yet another terrifying trip thought the darkest that post-code horror has to offer.

Since my dearest has departed this evening and left me to present tonight's dreadful offering, I will have to serve up double the terror. I'll be pulling two frightening tales from DC Comics' Secrets of Haunted House #9 circa 1977.

First up, "The Man Who Didn't Believe in Ghosts" with script and art by Arnold Drake and Steve Ditko respectively. This tale teaches us the three ghostly powers known instantly at death.

Death must come with a pamphlet.

(Cover art by Luis Dominguez)

Apparently karma must come in the form of a pool cue.

Next up we have "Dig Your Own Grave", a story that will have you rethinking that next promotion. Here we have story by Jack Oleck and art by Ruben Yandoc.

I did not see that coming. I really didn't.


  1. Great Post! Ditko and Rubeny in one offering - how can you go wrong? With Ditko, it's all about those mammoth, dynamic hands. Last page: "Whapp!" goes the giant, Ditko-hand in the foreground, and you can feel the hair and spittle fly (no one did a full-bore slap or punch like Ditko).

    I just love Rubeny's sketchy intricate style. So creepy at times - so full of detail and drama. More from this title, I'm begging you.

  2. Ditko was such a freak, i love it!!!...

  3. Thanks so much for posting these great stories -- people tend to remember Alcala and Nino from the Filipino set, but overlook the rawer, rougher, but equally good Yandoc.

    Thanks again.


  4. Yeah, I'd definitely agree with Banda, and request more Rubeny Yandoc too -- such mean, spiteful, covetous and materialistically driven characters who get their come uppance was Yandoc's forte. The sweaty,greedy faces and mean characters ! Heh ehe hehehehehe.....


  5. Hey Guys: I love Ditko's stuff and I assure you I've got plenty to come and a good deal more Secrets of Haunted House waiting in the wings.

    Now, I hate to admit it, because I am sure that someone will bitch but for me there has always been something about that signature Filipino look that I felt didn't work well in color and called for black and white. Of course part of that would just be the color work itself. I think it works well here, and I dig Yandoc's sweaty and desperate Oates character. He's fantastic.