Friday, March 12, 2021


 Friday Frights is now underway-- BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT!-- and it's a big 'ol terrifyin' platter of assorted, silver age DC quickies full of gruesome gasps and lurid laughs. Some of these are scary, some not so scary, but they're all loads of fun and highlighted by the typically great artwork you've come to expect from this high mark era of supernatural comic book shenanigans. Main stories appeared in Witching Hour #8, Secrets of the Haunted House #2, and House of Secrets #143 (click the links for artist credits and more info.) So have yourselves a good time with these tales of spooks, kooks, killers, mad scientists, 'n more, --and first up we'll be heading to the good 'ol drive-in for a monster movie --and maybe even a quick hook-up!


Brian Barnes said...

I had comments ready for everything until I hit "The Experiment." Every panel (until the gag panel at the end) is ... stunning. DC's artwork in the 70s horror books was always top notch, they had a really great artist roster. This one is exceptionally good.

The cinematic first page (every panel has a cool camera angle, especially panel #3) and the first panel on page 2, wow, especially with the shadow work. Great stuff.

OK, I have to mention the robot/vampire, that last panel is funny on it's own!

Doc Briar said...

Did you catch Vampi's "Don't worry, this is New York. No one will help her." comment?
Social commentary in a monster model ad. You sure can dig 'em up, Karswell!

Mr. Cavin said...

I guess Vampirella is referencing the Kitty Genovese story--or at least the popular conception of it. It's funny to imagine kids pretending those Aurora models are figures of monsters who populate New York City. Er... this backwards southern boy always imagined monster stories taking place in Europe somewhere. Or inside my own house.

Man, it's always great when Sergio pops up, and doing what Sergio does best! ...And here's David Manak also doing what Sergio does best. (Rim shot!) I kid, I kid. Vincent Alcázar rendered a great mummy hand at the bottom of his first page, and Bill Draut draws amazing robot people, but tonight I was most delighted by Jack Sparling's work. Those sexy, breezy fifties teens and that pitch-perfect mood lighting made for a really loose and jazzy post-Wally Wood kind of a feeling. Much more engaging than many of the Wood imitators of the seventies (um, sometimes even including Wally himself).

What a treasure trove. This has been a great round of Friday Frights!

Mr. Karswell said...

Glad to see everyone enjoyed our first installment of Friday Frights. Come back every Friday for more screams 'n evil and whatever else I can dig up that falls under that cryptacular category of creeps.

UP NEXT: A trip to the "glamorous" olllllld west!

American Toycoon said...

Wow! That's a terror-ific issue! Karswell, you sure know how to pick 'em!