Wednesday, December 18, 2013

"Last Sacrifice", "To You ... I Leave My Cat!" and "No Grave Can Hold Him!"

 I'll willing to admit it. The whole inspiration to add to this blog that has set dormant for three whole years was "To You ... I Leave My Cat!".

Are you kidding me! How awesome is a horror story about being bequeathed a cat seems to hate you. Yes, my husband says the worst thing you can inherit is a bird, but is most definitely wrong. Leave it to Doctor Graves to help me win an argument.

Originally printed under the Charlton title in April of 1971, my copy is a 1978 Modern Comics reissue. But don't worry, the stories are just as chilling.

With cover art, as well as the art of the Last Sacrifice and No Grave Can Hold Him, by Pat Boyette, this issue of The Many Ghost of Doctor Graves also features the Charlton go-to-team of Charles Nicholas and Vince Alasic - You might know them from almost every Charlton Romance Comic every published. - for both the teaser page feature and "To You ... I Leave My Cat!". Yes! With a title like that, they would be one ones I'd pick too.

That was totally worth the 25¢ I sent on it Friday.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

"Dead is My Darling!", "The Spectral Avenger", "The Most Haunted House in England!" and "The Jinx that Rode the Skies"

With DC's Ghosts #23, you are sucked in by the sharp Nick Carty cover alone.

And, while the cover has nothing what-so-ever to do with any of the tales contained inside, this issue really is worth the read.

Our first tale is Dead Is My Darling! Thought I could not track down any writer credit, this story is graced with the art of Fred Carrillo, and that signature Filipino style works well for this ghostly tale of piracy, treasure and black magic.

And you have to respect a gal who can sport pumps in the jungle!

Our next story is set in the early years of World War II. The Spectral Avenger, with the art of Gerry Talaoc, reminds us that even the evil dead know that the Nazis sucked.

Okay, so this one is my favorite! With the terribly haunted Muncaster Castle as part of my own heritage, I have a weakness for the stuff. Unusual in that it talks briefly (3 whole pages) about Raynham Hall and the tales that circulate about the place, The Most Haunted House in England has a script by Carl Wessler and some fantastic art by J. Noriega.

Last, but not least, we have The Jinx that Rode the Skies. Quite frankly there are just not nearly enough anti-airship stories out there. Well with the art of Sam Glanzman, this story does its part to remedy that.

Ah, finally! Wasn't it worth the wait?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

"Eye of the Beholder", "The Immortality Thieves!" and "The Royal Right"

I hope my long absence didn't frighten anyone too much. Trying to balance five blogs can sometimes be hair raising but not nearly as hair raising as the tales I have for you this evening.

Tonight the Crypt will be bring you three tales from DC Comic's October 1972 issue of Forbidden Tales of Dark Mansion.

With script by Robert Kanigher and art by Howard Chayking, first up, we have Eye of the Beholder a romantic tale of love at first sight.

Don't believe in it you say? Don't worry, you will.

I've always have a soft spot for tales of true love.

Next up, artist Win Mortimer helps teaches us that looks can't bring you lasting joy, but revenge can.

Lastly, with art by Bill Draut, plot by Joe Orlando and script by Robert Kanigher, we have The Royal Right. A story that helps remind us that it never pay to be an asshole.

Wow, that got ugly real quick!