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Countdown to Halloween: the Horror of… DITKO!

October 7, 2013 // 2 Comments

Classic funnybook artist Steve Ditko is best-known as the co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange among a host of other memorable super hero characters. But around Halloween time, I like to remind people that he was also one hell of a horror artist. Ditko broke into the industry in the early 1950s, when horror comics reigned supreme, and his gifts for mood, shadow, and bizarre monsters served the young artist in good stead. I’m particularly fond of his cover work from this [...]

Countdown to Halloween: Mmm… Spidery!

October 4, 2013 // 0 Comments

Vincent Price enjoys a refreshing beverage on the set of Roger Corman’s Tales of Terror. This is just a shot of him goofing around backstage, but it’s also one of the moodier photos of the man I’ve ever seen. The paper cup is a funny capper, though, and reflects Price’s great sense of [...]

Countdown to Halloween: Mummy Lake

October 2, 2013 // 3 Comments

There’s a lake in Tanzania whose salt content is so high that it mummifies any animals that fall into it. It’s called Lake Natron, named after a sodium compound found in the water. Natron absorbs liquid and acts as a natural anti-bacterial agent, and was widely used for mummification in Ancient Egypt because it dries out the corpse and preserves it from rot. And in Lake Natron, it produces fascinating animal mummies: They don’t fly up and die on a perch like that, of [...]

Countdown to Halloween: I’ve Got a Hunch

October 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

We’re taking a short writing break to recover from the amazing colossal LIST O’ VILLAINS! We’ll be back to rambling next week, don’t worry, but in the meantime please enjoy the opening salvo of our equally-exhausting COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN!! That’s the ever-creepy Dwight Frye, in the role of lab assistant Karl in Bride of Frankenstein. Frye also played Renfield in the 1931 production of Dracula, and the hunchbacked lackey Fritz in Frankenstein. Frye pretty much [...]