Friday, April 23, 2021

Planet of the Bats

Have we ventured into the cold, hollow depths of ominous outer space yet for a Friday Frights? If not, I guess there's no better dead-stination than the petrifyin' "Planet of the Bats", from the October 1975 issue of Mystery Comics Digest #26. Don Glut and Dan Spiegle seemed like a pretty good pair-up for these creepy Western Publishing Company Inc. tales of terror. Countdown... 3... 2... 1... bats off!


Brian Barnes said...

And that, boys and girls, is why we have quarantines!

I like the muted colors and the art, and the bat creatures are very cool. There's a couple questionable parts of the story (the infection rate seems to differ based on plot) but that's a minor quibble in a comic. I love the last page, it's pretty obvious (and meant to be) where this is going, but it gives you that good creepy feeling but giving you a bunch of panels to contemplate everybody's fate.

This is a fun one! Reminded me of a DC 70s one where a vampire in space got zapped because a window made a giant cross when the shipped passed by the sun.

Yeah Friday Frights!

Mr. Cavin said...

I love space vampire stories, and this one certainly doesn't disappoint. Also it's refreshing. I get tired of stories where the vampires lose, actually. I can't tell you how many times I've seen Dracula killed off. Prince of Darkness, yeah sure--but every time he pokes his head up, whoever happens to notice puts an end to his evil reign. I mean come on. Stories like this pump a little life back into vamp street cred.

I'm trying to cast the story based on that last panel. I got Chuck Connors on the right and Joe Piscopo on the left. But I cant figure out who that is in the middle between Tom Skerritt and Bald Tarantino. He's a dead ringer for somebody, I just can't quite place it.

Mr. Karswell said...

Let’s go with Noel Fielding... he played such a great goth in IT Crowd

Mr. Cavin said...

Yeah that's great! Slap the sideburns on him and he's there.