Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Bring on the Back-ups: "The Spell of the Sea-Witch!!"

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Here's a sensational shocker from the Files of the Forgotten. "The Spell of the Sea-Witch!!" by Allyn Brodsky, Jack (The First Kingdom) Katz (as Jay Hawk), and Golden Age Great Bill Everett (as Black Bill) first appeared in Fear #10 (July 1972) as a brain-blasting back-up feature to the macabre Man-Thing's lead. Check it out!


  1. I always loved Bill Everett, he left us way too soon! Man I loved his Subby, Zombie & inks on Kirby on Thor & Marvel Feature #1-#3. But my favorite inking he did to me. Was Tales to Astonish #79 Hercules vs The Hulk! Everett Rules!


    "But, what of my pet cat, aboard the ghost ship? And my books of undressed ladies? Nay! We must turn back!"

    "Fear not, for thy cat and thy oil-wrestling pornography shall await us in yonder beyondening."

    "Ah, I see. Good, good. I shall miss that last six-pack in the ghost ship's ghost refrigerator, but--"

    "Oh, Gods! We left the six-pack! No! No! NOOOOOOOOOO!!"

  3. More Bill Everett please! How about his inks on Kirby's last issues of Thor in 1970.

  4. HA! i remember this back story in that Man-Thing issue i had many many years ago. it's one of those things i had totally forgotten but seeing it here sure brings back some memories thanks.
    by the way you may be interested in a ROM Spaceknight blog that's been around for only a year now.

  5. I loved First Kingdom, but I think this is the first I've seen of any of his mainstream work.

  6. Allyn Brodsky wrote very little in comics, but even so, I thought this was a great little story. A pirate ghost story, where men who had been evil work to redeem themselves in the afterlife by helping others. And how they first appear as ghosts, then explain that they're actors disguised as ghosts, and in the end turn out to really be ghosts, pretending to be actors so as not to alarm the living. It also has a cinematic approach that was ahead of its time, showing gradual movement from the same angle across multiple panels.

    I actually like this story as much if not more than the Conway Chaykin/Morrow origin story that is the lead story. Both are well-told stories that I've re-read many times. And with the Don Heck reprint story from TALES OF SUSPENSE 17, how could you possibly go wrong? Man, was this a great time to be collecting. Neal Adams BATMAN and DETECTIVE, Thomas/Smith CONAN, Kubert's TARZAN, Thorne and Kaluta in KORAK, Kirby doing his Fourth World books, THE DEMON, and KAMANDI, and the great art in DC's HOUSE OF MYSTERY and other anthology titles, the concluding issues of O'Neil/Adams GREEN LANTERN, other Burroughs material in WEIRD WORLDS, Jonah Hex in Fleisher/DeZuniga's WEIRD WESTERN, Wein/Wrightson's award-winning SWAMP THING, on and on, there was just more good stuff coming out in 1972 than the mind could fully process!



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