Friday, March 16, 2012
The second-to-last posting in our monstrous week of postings is a trio of Atlas horror stories from the 1950s.
"The Thing In the Water" is from Adventures Into Terror #4 (1951). I like it despite the somewhat crude art by an unknown artist. It's about people being turned into fish, and if that wouldn't be horrible I don't know what would.* My scans come from the '70s Marvel reprint comic, The Crypt Of Shadows #12. "The Thing That Grew" is from Adventures Into Terror #7, and is another favorite genre, blob stories, where shapeless, undulating, gelatinous masses grow and consume people. It's credited by Atlas Tales to "Lazarus," (Harry, or one of his two brothers?) and an unknown inker. Finally, from the same issue a classic, "Where Monsters Dwell," by the wholly original Basil Wolverton. Atlas Tales notes the splash panel is not drawn by Wolverton, even though they kept his signature box. It wasn't unknown at Atlas for editor Stan Lee to snag the first artist who walked in the door and ask him to redraw another artist's work. Why he needed to change Wolverton, of all people, is probably lost to history.
*More fishy horrors from Karswell at The Horrors Of It All.