Monday, July 01, 2013

Number 1394: Swimming to distant Shores

Syd Shores did the artwork for this horror story from Ziff-Davis’ Nightmare #1 (1952). It’s a supernatural revenge tale made special by Shores’ drawing. Check out his renderings of a turbulent sea, his characters’ faces, or the spectral lighthouse keeper, all examples of an exemplary job by an under-appreciated master of comic art.

Ben Oda did the lettering for this story. Going through old comics I see Oda’s lettering in many of them. Because of damage to the lettering in page 5 panel 1, I replaced the doctor’s dialogue by using the free comic book lettering font, Odaballoon.


Alicia American said...

OMG This dude Walter is like NOT VRY NICE yo >:(

Brian Barnes said...

I was with this great tale right up until Morta used his comically sized cancel stamp!

The art, the coloring, the pacing, all a wonderful little tale. It's also the anti-Titanic (the movie.) I get the feeling the Morta would have won regardless, Walter didn't seem to really love anybody. Even if he would have confessed, I don't think it would have meant anything.

Pappy said...

Alicia, a few years ago I wrote a Law of Horror Comics...but now I can't find it! Har. Anyway, in essence what it says is "The main character must be as unlikable, evil, selfish and cruel as possible in order to deserve the retribution he/she will receive at the end of the story." The bad people in horror comics got what was coming to them, definitely.

Pappy said...

Brian, you knew from the git-go that Walter was a bad guy when his girl had to ask if he loved her for herself or her money. If a woman has to ask, she already suspects it.

Wheez Von Klaw said...

Wonderful art... Syd Shores is awesome...Just beautiful...Syd and George Evans worked together didn't they?