Thursday, October 14, 2010

"Satan the Great" (St. John;1953)

All right!! I finally get to identify one of the artists from Strange Terrors #6 (Jan.1953); originally published by St. John. Today's neat thriller features super-groovy artwork by the late Pete Morisi.

During his career, writer/artist Pete Morisi sometimes went by the pseudonym PAM, and he also spent much of his professional life working as a New York City Police officer, while moonlighting in the comics industry. He was best-known as the creator of the 1960s Charlton Comics series Peter Cannon ... Thunderbolt, a thoughtful superhero comic that contained some of the earliest respectful invocations of Eastern mysticism in American pop culture. Morisi passed away in 2003.

A small time magician whose ambition overshadows his better judgement, strikes a deal with the devil and pays the ultimate price in "Satan the Great".


Don't forget to hustle on back for tomorrows "Gal" Friday post to see which "scream queen" is featured this week. As for me, I'm taking in a courtesy showing of the new film, Red, starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren. "Red" is based on a DC Comics/Wildstorm miniseries written by Warren Ellis. I will post a review in a few days.


Mykal Banta said...

Chuck: Wow! This is unlike anything I'e seen from Morisi, although I am only familiar with his work for Charlton. This is excellent stuff! It's interesting how Charles Burns was influenced by this era and style of comic.

Great post!

Mykal Banta said...

Chuck: Talk about your coincidence: A good friend just sent me (today) an Atlas Battle Front from 1956 with a Morisi story with very similar art. By his days in the 1970s with Charlton, he went with a much more realistic, photo-like look.

Chuck Wells said...

Cool! I look forward to seeing that over at your Star-Studded War blog someday.

Mykal Banta said...

Chuck: I'll do it next post just for you, pal!