Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Witch's Vengeful Return

As we quickly approach Halloween, it's time to drag out a 300 year old witch for some THOIA black magic! This one from the July 1953 issue of Baffling Mysteries #16 features some attractive art from Louis Zansky, and a most welcome body count too! What witchy movie am I thinking of?


Wednesday, October 19, 2016


A double shot of haunted horrors erupted from the bowels of the Earth last week: HAUNTED HORROR #24 from the ongoing bi monthly series, as well as the HH Volume 4 hardcover collection "Candles for the Undead and Much More!" featuring issues 10-12 PLUS bonus tales not found in the individual issues! I have some sneak peeks at each release for you today, and hey-- if you're having trubz finding HAUNTED HORROR in your town, drop me a line-- good 'ol Mr. Karswell has the hook-up for signed back issues and whatever else your screaming soul craves!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

When Death Takes a Hand

While I'm working on a larger Halloween themed post, here's a minor supernatural quickie with spooky art by Gene Fawcette, from the August 1954 issue of Out of the Shadows #14. This was the final issue of this interesting horror series, and nearly half the stories in this one received the remake / reprint treatment in the Eerie Pubs a few decades later... our current tale in question eventually finding itself retitled "Deadman's Hands" and appearing in no less than 5 different Eerie issues.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Secret of Sleed's Castle

And now, the fourth and final story from the April 1952 issue of Mysterious Adventures #7, dig the previous 3 posts for the other tales. This is a better than average Hollingsworth effort, though typically contains some laughable illustrative moments (like the perspective hand problem in panel 4 on page 5), but overall it's still a fun entry in one of the better collections from this precode series. Hope everyone enjoyed another full issue presentation here at THOIA-- lots more on the way for Halloween-- and beyond!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Curse of the Flying Dutchman

It's awesome enough to get one Lou Cameron story in a single issue-- but getting TWO feels like discovering buried treasure! And this one is indeed a doozy as well, though not as bat shit crazy as the tattoo tale in our last post, but it sure does have its moments-- including one particularly painful panel that might make you wince, as well as a superbly spooky ending.

From the April 1952 issue of Mysteries Adventures #7.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Terror of a Tatooed Man

Yes, I know the word "tattoo" has 3 T's in it, but that didn't stop the still amazingly talented, Lou Cameron from illustrating and delivering what it pretty much the best and most gruesome story in the April 1952 issue of Mysterious Adventures #7. Seriously, this tale is full of awesome WTF. Looking forward to the comments on this one! :) More from this crazy issue up next too!

Speaking of Crazy, if you're a fan of the same named silver age magazine published by Marvel, (as well as a fan of the film, The Exorcist), head on over to my other blog for their hilarious spoof from the August 1974 issue of Crazy #6! Just CLICK HERE!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Absent Minded Fiend

While in Orlando last week for Universal Studio's Halloween Horror Nights, I picked up a coverless, though very nicely priced, copy of the April 1952 issue of Mysterious Adventures #7 (thank you Colosseum of Comics!) This gem of an issue contains all sorts of insanity and violence, and I do believe we'll be taking a look at the entire issue throughout this great halloweeny month of October! So hang onto your various body parts, kids, cuz for the next four posts we'll be gagging on tales about cannibals, zombies, ghost pirates, and deadly tattoos!