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Warning: Gore.

This comes from Haunt of Fear #19.

'Foul Play!' is definitely one of the most notorious stories that EC has ever published, to the point that Fredric Wertham singled it out as an example of how comics were corrupting children.

I'm copying the synopsis from Comicbookresources.

The story opens with the Crypt-Keeper telling us about a mysterious midnight baseball game. We go back in time, then, to a heated pennant race between two teams in the Bush League. A player oddly attempts to steal second base and in the process, cuts the second baseman with his spikes as he is thrown out easily. His manager questions the tactic (as he had not called for a steal) but the player tells him that he has a plan. The second baseman is also the opposing team’s best player, and he is out of sorts after the play…





Date: 2013-10-07 03:37 am (UTC)
goggle_kid: (Default)
From: [personal profile] goggle_kid
It's a pity they never did a spin-off book on Doc White: Baseball Medical Crime Scene Investigator!

Date: 2013-10-07 03:52 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
Gotta be impressed by the fact he could identify the poison just by looking at Satten's shoes...

Date: 2013-10-07 07:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
And, presumably, smelling the toxin coating the spikes, and the condition of the wounds (inflamed, green, whatever)

Date: 2013-10-09 03:36 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] superfangirl1
He is just that darn good. ;)

Date: 2013-10-07 05:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] randyripoff
Lovely, just lovely. I enjoyed the National Lampoon parody as well.

Date: 2013-10-07 04:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] crinos
Gotta say those are some hardcore baseball players.

I mean killing that guy for murdering their teammate is questionable in itself, but then they dismembered the guy and used his body parts to play baseball with. I mean damn even the guy from Saw would think you were taking it a bit far.

Edited Date: 2013-10-07 04:05 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-10-07 05:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
You don't mess with Sunnydale's baseball team, they're up against Derry, Sleepy Hollow and Gotham City in the leagues this year.

Date: 2013-10-07 05:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] qalchemist
I hear the Sleepy Hollow pitcher uses his -own- head as a ball.

I mean, you gotta step it up when you're against guys like that!

Date: 2013-10-09 03:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jlroberson
"So...your team doctor determined that your teammate was killed with poisoned spikes by Herbie Satten."
"Yes."
"You do know that poison would be wiped off by running in those spikes, right?"
"'S what the doc said, so I believe him."
"And how did he figure this out?"
"Looked at Satten's shoes."
"Which he left with all his stuff after the game even though he's from the other team."
"Guy's lazy, what can I say."
"Okay...so anyway, rather than call a police officer, you thought the best way to deal with this would be to kill Satten."
"Matter of honor."
"And then dismember him."
"Well, we hadda get rid of the body."
"And then play a game with the parts of his body."
"Yup."
"WHY."
"Well, it was a nice night, warm, full moon and all."

Date: 2013-10-09 03:37 am (UTC)
superfangirl1: (Default)
From: [personal profile] superfangirl1
Lol, perfect and awesome.

Date: 2013-10-09 05:26 am (UTC)
jlroberson: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jlroberson
"Did the doctor ever say what KIND of poison it was?"
"Uh, something that kills in 15 minutes."
"Yes, but what?"
"Uh..."
"I see here your team doctor bet on the other team to win. That wouldn't give him any reason to implicate you all in a crime to avert attention from himself, would it?"
"Uh..."

Date: 2013-10-09 04:08 am (UTC)
crinos: (Default)
From: [personal profile] crinos
Pretty much yeah.

Date: 2013-10-08 02:54 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] agharta75
Ah, yes, the famous EC strip that was made an example of during the 1954 congressional hearings.

Date: 2013-10-09 05:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jlroberson
To me this one only makes sense if you think of it like one of these:
http://talesoffaerie.blogspot.com/2011/10/how-children-played-butcher-with-each.html

I mean, this one's weird even for EC. It's SO built around the grand guignol payoff. And every bit of sense in the story is sacrificed to that. You can definitely see why Wertham used it as an example; it's not an easily excusable one to an uninitiated person.

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