Sunday, October 21, 2007

morisi horror

Submitted for you approval, here's the promised 6-page Pete Morisi story from Charlton's Ghost Manor #24, circa 1975. Story-wise, this feels like pretty standard stuff, at least until the grisly end, which really pays off in near E.C.-quality tradition. The main attraction here is Morisi's clean-lined, noir-ish artwork (with great sense of texture and shadows) and his hardboiled sensibility. I mean, the main character is named "Shiv Monahan!" I want to live in the brain that comes up with stuff like that (or at least next door to it)!
Morisi was in fact on the NYPD throughout his comics career, and only moonlighted as an artist. He signed all his work PAM so as not to get in trouble for the moonlighting. His best known works are probably "Thunderbolt," for Charlton in the 1960s, and the earlier, Mickey Spillane-influenced "Johnny Dynamite." He also did work for pre-superhero Marvel. If only Morisi had devoted himself full time to comics, he probably would be considered one of the greats today, but even so he left behind some really impressive work (after the Halloween deluge, I'll post some Johnny Dynamite reprints). Click the pics for fullsize images...







And here are a few Charlton horror pages by the great Steve Ditko...



Here's some of the wilder ads from the Charlton and Modern horror comics. You definitely never saw some of this stuff in Marvel or DC titles...






And, finally, a frighteningly politically incorrect Halloween ad...


Check back later today for the daily movie post. What will it be? Even I don't know yet. And, while you're at it, why not download my latest podcast from East Village Radio for more Halloween fun?

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