Monday, March 29, 2010

Castle Curse

As usual with me, I'm late in posting. This 1973 story from DC's Secrets of Sinister House is my very first comic book scan post, and I'd meant to have it loaded and ready* last month, just after Universal's The Wolfman was released. Oh well. It certainly has a Universal feel (elements of both the 1935 Werewolf of London and the original 1941 film The Wolf Man are present), but it has a darker ending than would have been done in the 1930s or '40s, and was a sign that restrictions of the Comics Code Authority had loosened.

This has never been posted on the 'net before, as far as I'm able to discover. Of course, all rights to the art and text are retained by others and are presented here temporarily. Written by Steve Skeates, with impressive art by Alfred P. Acala. Enjoy.










* Sounds like a description of me!
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Relevant link-- Alfred P. Acala:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfredo_Alcala

Related link-- Steve Skeates:
http://diversionsofthegroovykind.blogspot.com/2010/01/sunday-funnies-genie-ous-of-steve.html

5 comments:

senski said...

I love how the relaxation of the Comics Code enabled DC to do werewolf stories, but not to feature *too* vicious of a were-beast, who still strangled his victims to death in classic Universal fashion! "You're just kinda battin' the bunny around, you know what I mean?"

Max the drunken severed head said...

Yeah, the lack of "onscreen" slashing now seems dated, but I don't mind it.

What surprised me was the suicide end for an innocent character. Sure, she kills her husband, but in self-defense and while he's not human.

Karswell said...

Good lord *choke!* not another blog with horror comic scans!! *gag!*

Just joking Max, nice work--- and what a good story too! Hope to see more horror comics around here!

Max the drunken severed head said...

Thanks, Karswell! I'm honored and flattered! And I have another werewolf story coming soon!

joe bloke said...

terrific stuff, Max. that's a beauty. Alcala's one of my favourite "bronze age" artists, and this story's a great example of every single reason why I love his work.

hope you'll be posting some more horror comics in the future, mate.

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