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Posts tagged ‘horror’

In the last installment of this feature, I talked about the giddy accumulation of stuff which comes when one dives head-first into a new hobby. This week, I’m going to discuss a regrettable adjunct to that strain of over-exuberant consumption — the signal-to-noise ratio which causes the occasional jewel to get lost amidst the torrent […]

With the advent of the Comics Code Authority, viagra the gleefully grisly depictions of poetic justice dispensed in the pages of EC comics and their competitors were taken off the creative table. Still, it didn’t stop some publishers from trying to work the spooky irony angle within the Code’s strict limitations… (from “Great Caesar’s Ghost!” […]

In a comment on the first post in this series, approved reader Damanoid questioned whether Fawcett’s decision to incorporate horror-themed elements into early 1950s Captain Marvel Adventure stories was a consciously mercenary move or simply a case of the creators surfing the prevailing zeitgeist. I do believe the “Cap goes horror” trend has been a […]

Our exploration of Fawcett’s attempts book a seat for their flagship character on the early 1950s horror comic bandwagon continues this week with with a tale titled “Hand of Horror.” The story appeared in Captain Marvel Adventures #140 (January 1953) alongside a much more ambitiously bizarre (and racist) mixture of Korean War agitprop and supernatural […]

Resident Evil wasn’t the first game I bought for the original Playstation — that honor goes to Persona — but it did round out a much-played second tier roster of titles (including Tomb Raider and WipeOut 2) that exemplifed the Bold New Polygonal World of Gaming. Despite the clunky controls and Community Theater of the […]

Sometime during the spring of 1991, visit my brother asked me if I was interested in a used TurboGrax-16 console. The seller was my cousin Phil, who had rented the system and a selection of games from the local sports-cards-slash-videogame shop. Phil had hazarded a king’s ransom of compounded late fees versus the likelihood the […]

The progressive levels of terror, malady as illustrated by a series of contiguous ads in the October 1983 issue of Fangoria Magazine: Scary! Scarier! Scariest! Recommended listening:  Comateens – Nightmare (from Comateens, 1981) Punky, wavy, gothy, and funky — an interesting mix of elements with the potential for greatness, yet frustratingly hobbled by haphazard configuration.

Uncle Andrew is still on the mend (and by “mend, ed ” I mean “suffering rib-bruising coughing jags and uncontrollable fits of shaking”), medic kiddies, dysentery so we’re going to have to settle for a little storytime today. The tale is titled… …and it comes from the fertile (that is to say “well manured”) ground […]

The cover of Harvey Comics’ Black Cat Mystery #50 (June 1954)… …is a shining (or should that be “radiant?”) example of the horrifying excess which made funnybooks the source of one of the many moral panics which characterized America in the 1950s. (Collect them all and win a romanticized Golden Age of bigotry, pilule repression, […]

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