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PRE-CODE CLASSICS JOURNEY INTO FEAR Volume 3

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PRE-CODE CLASSICS JOURNEY INTO FEAR Volume 3

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Closeout Price!Collects #15-21, 1953-54. Recommended. By the Iger Shop. Hey, it's all here, culture-lovers: walking dead folks (loads of 'em), some of them even still sporting their heads, plus witches, ghosts, werewolves, and enough vampires to go into the second-hand dentures business. Headlight covers, Kamen-ish artwork from the Iger Shop artists. A woman convinces her lover to kill her rich husband. The lover does so by blowing the husband's head off. But the headless corpse of the husband comes back looking for a new head ("Your Head For Mine").

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Hey, it's all here, culture-lovers: walking dead folks (loads of 'em), some of them even still sporting their heads, plus witches, ghosts, werewolves, and enough vampires to go into the second-hand dentures business. Headlight covers, Kamen-ish artwork from the Iger Shop artists. A woman convinces her lover to kill her rich husband. The lover does so by blowing the husband's head off. But the headless corpse of the husband comes back looking for a new head ("Your Head For Mine").

Lorna is trained to hate men. She finds a witchcraft book and begins a crusade of turning men into worms and squishing them. She accidentally squishes the man she loves--oops, guess she didn't hate him. She takes poison, but before she's dead all those worms come back to avenge themselves ("Crawling Evil").

The publisher (who got his material from the legendary Iger Shop) knew beautiful girls sold, so lots of tales feature nice young ladies being threatened with every sort of ghastly peril. And often it comes to be. Another wild title from Superior, one of the more extreme of the pre-code comics publishers (which makes them the most fun).

The Iger Shop (run by Will Eisner's old partner, Jerry Iger) produced comics throughout the 1940s and early 1950s, including almost all of the Fiction House titles from Junbo, Jungle, Planet, to Wings, Ghost and Sheena. So the artists you'd recognize from there were also producing these stories for Superior, artists like Bob Webb. Iger's "house style" was inspired by Matt Baker, who was long gone by now, but you'll still find his influence here.

Boy, death in every form you can possibly imagine--and many forms you never would dream of--is here in these strange and bizarre tales

Superior was an interesting publisher, actually working out of Canada but with full distribution (well, as full as any minor 1950s publisher might have) in the U.S. Their titles directly competed with EC, while their romance titles are today quite rare, probably because they didn't sell in the "romance glut." Previously publisher Fox used the Iger shop on titles like Rulah, All Top, Dagar, and Crimes by Women, but they had folded up shop by now, so Superior, using the same creators, sort of took their place as a producer of all manner of sleazy horror stories.

Corpses were popular: "Revenge of the Corpse," "The Stolen Corpse," "Corpse in Make-Up,"and "Masters of the Dead," Revenge is also a staple here, as in "Monster's Revenge, "Revenge so Evil," "Grim Revenge," and "The Avenging Ghost." I also like "Demons of the Deep," "Death by Invitation," "Her Lips Dripped Blood," and how about "The Flat Man"--you guessed it, this guy is run over by a steam roller but a little thing like that won't kill him!

Note: I found the reproduction quality of one of these issues, and a few other stories, disappointing in camparison to the others. Still very readable, but I wish they'd had a bit more quality control or clean-up done on these couple. FYI.

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Item Code PCJ03H
Publisher PS Artbooks
Publish Date 2016
ISBN 9781848639744
Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket
Dimensions 7x10
# Pages 252pg
Color Full Color
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