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Monday, June 22, 2009


Number 545



An Octeel for the Octomom!


George Tuska, another longtime veteran of the comic book wars, did the art for this science fiction short from St. John's Amazing Ghost Stories #16, the last issue of that title. Dated February 1955, it was also one of the last pre-Code comics. Comics with early '55 dates and no Code seal were usually the last of their breed.

Since a science fiction story in a ghost story comic book is about as out of place as an octeel in your bathtub, I believe "The Tentacles of Death" was an inventory story. As unassuming as it seems to us now, it was probably used because they knew it wouldn't pass the new Comics Code without changes.






5 comments:

Nanael Soubaim said...

Adorei.

Tamfos said...

Incredibly goofy (and wonderfully so) story, but oh, that Tuska art! Was there anybody more underrated than George Tuska? Perhaps his 1970's Marvel work was not what it might have been, though it held a lot of charm for me, but his pre-code and earlier work is nothing short of gorgeous! The layout on the page where the Octeel is revealed is very compelling.

Thanks, Pappy. If I haven't said it before, I find your blog to be the best of its kind. So eclectic, so thoughtful, and engaging you in e-conversation is always so fun and informative.

Pappy said...

Thanks, both of you, and Tamfos, I'm overwhelmed by your comment. I thought I was just showing a bunch of goofy old comic books stories! I try to keep the postings mixed up so I don't bore anyone. It's a bonus that someone enjoys what I do.

I also appreciate George Tuska, who had a solid drawing style and like the best of the original comic book men could draw just about anything he was called on to draw: science fiction, western, horror, love, and even superheroes.

Ger Apeldoorn said...

Tuska at his best! At that pint he had already take over Scorchy Smith, so I guess it will have to be an inventory story.

william wray said...

I never saw the simalarity between Tuska and George Wunder until this moment.