"Shh ... listen ... do you hear it ..? The ghostly strains of lament! That's right, it's "Music by Artie Draw" ! But he's dead! Yes, he's dead ... Yet deep in the night he stalks about, and it's music from the grave you hear! But be at ease ... Grimm, our ghost doctor, is working frantically on this case that is driving Margo, the beautiful songstress, to certain madness ... How does he fare out? ... Read on ..."
While I'm still away on vacation, I've selected a cheerful little feature from the pages of the third issue of Haunted Thrills magazine, October 1952. It's a handsome package put together in the Jerry Iger shop, and aside from that we have no definitive art or writing credits. It's got some very lovely ladies, one of whom is pretty darned evil, and a scary ghost, so it's guaranteed to entertain and educate. Try a little dash of Mayhem with your Music - right after the jump!
Notice something funny about these layouts? Except for the splash page, every other one has rather a lot of extra space added at the top. Most of the negative area is black, but on a few pages a little effort was expended to add some details to the blank space. Why they felt that the pages needed to be taller is a mystery, as the dimensions of the pages without the added top border would be perfect as-is. I know that standard comic books were wider in the 1940s, and perhaps this art was prepared before some sort of changeover from the older width to the more modern one.
I love that cover - Yup, Helen is going to be extremely pleased to see you!
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