Monday, October 28, 2013

Haunted Halloween

Another artist I keep hinting should be used more in Craig Yoe excellent Archive of Horror Comics and the comic one of the books is based on, Haunted Horror, is of course Mort Meskin. I know he didn't do a lot of horror stories and most of his stuff is more psychological horoor, but the few he did are all very well told and among his best work form the fifties. Apart from doing Your Dream of Dreams, he did a couple of horror fillers for Prizes Frankenstein and a few for Harvey (two of which remained unpublished and may be his best, such as the often reprinted MacBeth). The published Harvey story I am showing here is from one of the first post-code issues of Black Cat Mystery and it shows. The penultimate panel of the story will probably have features some horrific scene of revenge. In the scramble to make the deadline, the editors at Harvey couldn't think of anything but cutting the offending panel out. Wouldn't it be great to turn this into a contest and have the readers of Haunted Horror provide their own image?

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Smurfswacker said...

So I presume the first story is from a post-Code comic, and the blank panel is the final shot of Rudy strung up as a punching bag? Did the uncensored version see print?

Ger Apeldoorn said...

Yes I wanted to make a note of it. My guess itbhad a head as boxing ball image.