Friday, February 05, 2016
Number 1850: Classic horror: the Brain Bats of Venus
I am in the mood for classic horror, a Basil Wolverton tale. It has been reprinted several times, but if you haven’t seen it, you might be surprised that the same artist who could draw the hilarious Powerhouse Pepper, Bing Bang Buster, et al., could also be one of the best pre-Code horror comics artists.
“The Brain Bats of Venus,” which I saw for the first time over 50 years ago, gives me a chill. It is the look of that thing on the astronaut’s head. Cosplayers take note: you’d look splendid at the next comic con if you made one of the brain bats out of papier mâché and perched it on your head. Yow!
These are scans from the original printing in Mister Mystery #7 (1952).
Click on the thumbnail, read a funny Wolverton Powerhouse Pepper story, and another classic horror story, “They Crawl by Night!” featuring the CRABMEN!