Archive for the Comics Category

Vintage Comics: The Beyond #2: Valley of the Scaly Monsters, Bubble of Destruction, The Shrieking Terror (Pg. 16- End)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2017 by ranranami

Running behind on some grad school homework, gang, so I figured I’d share the rest of this comic issue before I hide behind the books. Since I usually take undetermined hiatus after October anyway, I didn’t want to leave you waiting either. Tomorrow, for Halloween, I’ll be featuring a write-up on a very special actor.

image22929image22930image22931image22932image22933image22934image22935image22936image22937image22938image22939image22940image22941image22942image22943image22944image22945

Advertisements

Vintage Comics: The Beyond #2: The Mystery of Lunablanca & The Ghost who Stole a Body (Cover-Pg. 15)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2017 by ranranami

Coming close to Halloween! 2 more days! So why not journey back to one of the first comic series I shared here, ‘The Beyond’, and continue on into their 2nd issue? I am still fascinated by the glorious colors in this series, and pleased with how the color correction came out this time around. Yes, I do moderate color correction on these comics sometimes when the yellow balance is too high.

Absolutely adore the villain-esque designs of the Countess Sinestra ‘transforming’ from a bat into a bat…woman…vampire-thing. I have a feeling if this had ever been adapted to the screen, Barbara Steele would have been ideal for the roles of both women.

As for the second story, the ghost art was absolutely stunning, with much heavier ink lines than we normally see in these comics. Perhaps a little dialog heavy, most of them are, but well worth the read just for the gorgeous panels alone.

image22912image22914image22915image22916image22917image22918image22919image22920image22921image22922image22923image22924image22925image22926image22927image22928

Vintage Comics: Nightmare, Issue #3: The Wonderful Wizard, The Quivering Brain, The Witches Sabbath, etc. (Pg. 14 – End)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2017 by ranranami

With so many stories packed into so few pages, I was unable to fit them all in the title, so the additional two at the end of this comic are: ‘Charles Fort, The Supreme Doubter’ and ‘Crafton’s Curse’.The first story here seems to have far too much stuff packed into each page for the reader to follow the first time around, and there’s an additional character drawing eerily reminiscent of Peter Cushing (but just a little too early for that to be anything but a coincidence.) It’s actually the ‘true story’, albeit brief, of Daniel Dunglas Home, a man reputed to be able to fly, levitate objects, contact the dead, and predict the future. I can’t imagine what a show by that guy would’ve been like, and I definitely plan on doing a write-up of him in the future. I mean if you look up photos of him, the guy’s as magnificent as Oscar Wilde in his famous leaning portrait.

The next story gets points just for the title alone. THE QUIVERING BRAIN. You’re also required to always scream a title like that, announcer-style. It’s impossible not to. It’s a bit melodramatic, I’m not going to lie, but I think the concept alone makes it one of my favorite stories I’ve featured on this blog so far. Then we’re lead into a disturbing summary of what constitutes a proper witch’s sabbath, a summary of a historically influential skeptic named Charles Fort, and another story about a mobster getting his just desserts.

All-in-all, not an incredible issue, but some of the concepts are at least ripe for modern revisions.

16171819202122232425 text26 text27282930313233

Vintage Comics: Nightmare, Issue #3: The Werewolf of Washington Square, Cup of Moonglow (Cover – Pg. 13)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2017 by ranranami

Whew! Almost mid-October (happy Friday the 13th, and I hope you’re enjoying a bit of Jason slaughter today!) The posts are warming up, and so is my grad school homework. Still, I’ve found time to upload yet another vintage comic. This one is in far worse shape than the others I’ve managed to scrounge up, but the art is – – well, how should I put it? Cartoonier? A little more offbeat? Somehow, at the same time, certain elements of these stories are also pretty detailed towards realism. In fact, the werewolf face is remarkably similar to Dr. Hyde in the ’31 film. 21 years after the fact, I can’t help but wonder if the artist sourced a lobby card or old poster, perhaps?

Following on the tail-end of the glory days (pre-code horror comics), I sort of appreciate the pulp-ish inspiration they clearly drew from on the cover art. It’s also a victim of radio-style dialog, per usual for the earlier stuff, but there’s a certain charm to that too. The first story is…well…I mean it’s a basic werewolf plot. Incredbly basic. Bare bones down to the character name (Eric Lupin.) The second story proves yet another age-old fact. You can’t trust men. You can’t trust women. You definitely can’t trust gigantic Amazonian witch snakes.

01 cover03040506070809101112131415

Book of the Week: Evil Ernie – Youth Gone Wild, by Brian Pulido

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2017 by ranranami

ernie

It’s not pretty. It’s not happy. Hell, it’s not even cute, but you can’t deny this one simple fact: Evil Ernie rocks. For those of you familiar with The Mask series of comics, you know, the dark one, I’m sure your appetite for violence and animated gore is fairly intense. So why not give Evil Ernie a shot?

It’s not really about the plot. A young man driven mad by a combination of severe child abuse and a bizarre dream machine that links him to lady death (either death incarnate, or just a really crazy bitch who likes to wake up to a pile of corpses in the morning). One thing leads to another, and he gets killed with yet another experiment, only to come back with mental powers. Every person he kills becomes a bloodthirsty zombie, intent on helping Ernie create an army of ‘friends’.

That’s really all there is to the plot, to be honest, but it’s a fun ride there, and this issue only left me hungry for the rest of them.

Vintage Comics – Baffling Mysteries, Issue 5 : The Lady Was a TIGER, Baffling Mystery 1, Underwater Mystery, Baffling Mystery 2, Terror in the Coal Pits (15-End)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2017 by ranranami

Bringing you the second half of Baffling Mysteries, Issue 5, I realized this was actually a fairly short issue compared to some of the other comics I’ve shared. It was one story too short to split into three entries, but a couple too long to really be an average length post. Still, ’tis the season, so here’s a few extra pages for your enjoyment.

What I liked most in this issue was the coloring. A lot of wonderful vibrancy. Most of the stories fell short of being satisfyingly dark. To tell you the truth, it felt like reading a diet version of Hand of Fate, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

 

Page17_BafflingMysteries005Page18_BafflingMysteries005Page19_BafflingMysteries005Page20_BafflingMysteries005Page21_BafflingMysteries005Page22_BafflingMysteries005Page23_BafflingMysteries005Page24_BafflingMysteries005Page25_BafflingMysteries005Page26_BafflingMysteries005Page27_BafflingMysteries005Page28_BafflingMysteries005Page29_BafflingMysteries005Page30_BafflingMysteries005Page31_BafflingMysteries005Page32_BafflingMysteries005Page33_BafflingMysteries005Page34_BafflingMysteries005

Vintage Comics – Baffling Mysteries, Issue 5 : Volcano of Vengeance, The Phantom Snow Queen (Cover – Pg. 14)

Posted in Comics, Media, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2017 by ranranami

I’m sure most of you have figured out by now that the main thing drawing me to some of these vintage comics tends to be the awesome cover art. This one, too, while gorgeous (just look at that awesome skirt) won me over with the cover alone, and what could possibly be one of the most ridiculous lines I’ve ever read. The Baffling Mysteries comics often fell victim to your typical walls of text you see with any visual medium that hasn’t quite grasped the law of ‘show, don’t tell’. Wasn’t surprised at all to realize they came from Ace comics, who also produced Hand of Fate (which I’ve posted here before as well.) The characters in this one practically narrate everything. I mean everything. Very much in the style of an ear play or radio drama. If it’s dark, and the panel is painted dark, you’ll be reminded by the character telling you that it’s definitely dark; so on and so forth.

The first story focuses on South American goat-men gods. Or, as the rest of the world refers to them, Satyrs. There’s plenty of color variation in the panels, but far too much text covering up the actual art. It seemed like as the stories progressed, the line art got a bit more rushed. There was potential with the goat-ment, and certainly a message about…archaeology and museums not being a bad thing, I guess. The second story in a far snowier setting has death skiing with a sort of urban legend twist to it. The best part about this comic is the art, really. The stories are just near-misses…but man, look at all those bright yellows!

Page01_BafflingMysteries005Page03_BafflingMysteries005Page04_BafflingMysteries005Page05_BafflingMysteries005Page06_BafflingMysteries005Page07_BafflingMysteries005Page08_BafflingMysteries005Page09_BafflingMysteries005Page10_BafflingMysteries005Page11_BafflingMysteries005Page12_BafflingMysteries005Page13_BafflingMysteries005Page14_BafflingMysteries005Page15_BafflingMysteries005Page16_BafflingMysteries005