alicemacher: Lisa Winklemeyer from the webcomic Penny and Aggie, c2004-2011 G. Lagacé, T Campbell (Default)

Weird Mysteries: Swamp Monster

For my final horror-themed post of the month, here's a Basil Wolverton creeper from Gillmor's Weird Mysteries #5 (June 1953). Public domain; thanks once again to for the scans.

I can do a much better job than a plastic surgeon! )

Vampirella Vs. Dracula

Story by James Robinson, layouts by David Mack, finishes by Rick Mays.

Happy Halloween, everyone.

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[personal profile] lego_joker2014-10-27 10:27 pm

Meitantei Conan: My Graphic Murder Comics Can't Be This Cute!

With Halloween fast approaching, I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon with a couple horrific comics of my own. But since another poster here seems to have the market cornered on Junji Ito material, I thought I'd go with a different approach: horror in series that really, really shouldn't have it.

Enter Meitantei Conan (lit. Great Detective Conan, officially known as Case Closed in English-speaking nations), a manga/anime franchise that, at this point, is probably Japan's equivalent to Scooby-Doo. A long-running series with hundreds of installments, a ridiculously iconic mascot that can be plastered across any number of lunchboxes, backpacks, you name it, and whose main focus is on solving paper-thin (yet often highly complicated) mysteries with an over-the-top cast whose personalities are largely set in stone. A great number of its haters (and for that matter, a great number of its fans) complain that it's long outlived its golden years and ought to be put out of its misery, but still it chugs on... and on... and on...

(Aww, come on. How horrific can a series with this little guy as the main character be?)

But this being Japan, there are a few key differences. Like the fact that instead of unmasking goofy monsters in rubber suits, our protagonists usually go up against murderers. Murderers who usually succeed on their first try.

The real horror actually starts in the later volumes, but let's get acquainted with the cast and the direction of the series first. And in actuality, this pilot chapter is pretty damn horrific on its own (if not too rich in common sense...).

A Study in Shrinkage )

All-New Invaders #10

"I don’t think anyone can trust Namor completely. Not because of anything necessarily utterly complicitous, but he is possibly the most mercurial hero character in the Marvel Universe." -- James Robinson

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Red Lanterns: Futures End #1 - "Blood Debts"

"The five years later in all of these stories are places where I think maybe the characters could go at some point. They certainly don't have to go that way. And who knows who will be writing them in five years? But it was something that seemed plausible to me, based on my run, that some of these things could happen." -- Charles Soule

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alicemacher: Lisa Winklemeyer from the webcomic Penny and Aggie, c2004-2011 G. Lagacé, T Campbell (Default)

Chamber of Chills: Walking Dead

Another cheesy chiller from Harvey's Chamber of Chills (public domain). This one's from #3 (Oct 1951). Art and, possibly, script by Bob Powell, with art assists from Howard Nostrand and Marvil Epp (whose name is on the tombstone in page 8). Trigger warning for suicide.

Cobwebs and castles and corneas, oh my! )

Mighty Avengers #14

"Al [Ewing]'s one of the best of the current crop of 2000AD writers, along with Si Spurrier and Rob Williams – a British sensibility not a million miles from my own." -- Garth Ennis

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The Wooden Mansion

Here's a story from Junji Ito. Remember to read from right to left. Also a warning for brief nudity.

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Fantastic Four #8-9 - "East of Eden, Part One"

"I think I have a bit of a reputation for taking obscure or under-utilized characters and fleshing them out. I intend to really flesh out Hammond [the original Torch] and turn him into a truly compelling character." -- James Robinson

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