Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Number 662

Legacy of Horror!

Murphy Anderson drew this horror story for DC Comics' Sensation Mystery #113, dated Jan.-Feb. 1953. In the pre-Code era DC didn't wander too far into horror comics territory, but they did at least dip their big toe in the fetid swamp. DC emphasized mystery and not gore (even though there is a "decapitation" panel in this story) and there is a non-supernatural explanation for the goings-on. It's an absurd plot that wraps up with a spooky last panel.

The Grand Comics Database says Sy Barry is the inker. I admire the moody splash page; it sets the mood perfectly.


Mr. Karswell said...

DC really rose to the horror occasion later in the Silver Age, but some of these Gold stories are pretty darn good too (even if they explain everything away rationally.) The art is of course amazing. Another good post Pap!

Ger Apeldoorn said...

So she was in on it too, if she was in the television film... and now she's playing all innocent, huh? The art is great, but that is all Sy Barry's doing, as he completely buried Murphy Anderson's style. As was usual at DC the the time.

Mr. Cavin said...

And, what, did they just lose all the blue paint? This whole thing is weirdly orange.

But great! Always great!

Frank Forte said...

This is great!!!