Strange Tales 9

Title Published
June 1951 to September 1962
Issue Numbers
1 to 100
Number of Issues
100
Issue Information
Cover Date
August 1952
Indicia Frequency
monthly
Indicia Publisher
Chipiden Publishing Corp.
 
 
Cover Titles
Drink Deep, Vampire!
The Strange Game!
The Voice Of Doom!
Blind Date!
 
 
Cover Credits
Carl Burgos pencils and inks attributed
Contributions
Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Cover Creator Credit
Stories
  Job
Number
Title Pages Credits
  A-691 Blind Date

Notes: A small time hoodlum decides to pick up a pretty girl waiting in a car. She doesn't want him, because she is waiting for her blind date, an older man. He climbs in the car and drives off with her. She gives him one more chance to change his mind, but he wants to go where she is going. Which is nowhere, because in the last panel she reveals her true face... she is death, who was waiting to take away the older guy. - Ger A.

Reprinted In: Beware 2
5 pg art Mike Sekowsky pencils unsigned
Unknown inks

Contributors:
Doc V.: Creator Credit
Ger Apeldoorn: Creator Credit
Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Creator Credit
  A-203 Death Finds A Way

Notes: And surprise surprise... the text story in this book also features a different death. This time a fugitive is picked up by a man in a hearse who turns out to be death, looking for him to punish him for a murder he committed five years ago. The illustration is probably borrowed from another story, but depicts one of the most hideous faces of death I have ever seen. - Ger A.
2 pg text
  A-644 The Strange Game

Notes: A card shark joins a table of three strange characters playing poker. It seems they play for letters. L's, A's, a B and an H. However crooked he deals the cards, he cannot win. He leaves with only his H, but the strange men promise to collect their debt that evening. As he tells his story to the barman, the strange men come in and collect their letters... two Arms, two Legs and a Body... leaving only his Head. One of the clues he should have seen, was that the three card players looked like fugitives from Halloween... a magician, a zombie and one looking remarkably like... death. - Ger A.

Reprinted In: Crypt of Shadows 3
4 pg art Marty Elkin pencils and inks signed

Contributors:
Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Creator Credit
  A-634 The Man from Mars

Notes: Small time crook Freddy steals money from his mother to go to the movies, but ends up in a cage in a zoo on Mars. - Ger A.

Reprinted In: Beware 2
3 pg art Stan Lee script signed
Bob Fujitani pencils and inks unsigned

Contributors:
Ger Apeldoorn: Creator Credit
Doc V.: Creator Credit
Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Creator Credit
  A-701 Drink Deep, Vampire

Notes: A weird little man sells vampires their own blood and almost gets away with it. - Ger A.
6 pg art Joe Sinnott pencils and inks signed

Contributors:
Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Creator Credit
  A-627 The Voice of Doom!

Notes: One of the weirdest drawn stories I have seen in a long time. Sort of like Dick Ayers in his comedy mode, but less polished. The main character is a comic book publisher, making this one in another series of typical Timely/Atlas topics. This publisher, who looks like a cross between Jonah Jameson and Stan Lee has a familiar display of his books in his office: books such as War Comics, Suspense Tales, Astonishing Tales, Amazing Detective, Mystic and Agh!! on the door is his name and function in the company: Hendrix. President. His problem is this: he is not liked by his staff. He has an office flunky who keeps him informed about the goings on in his office. Apparently some of the editors are spreading unrest. Hendrix decides to install listening devices, so he can eavesdrop on their conversations. But as he does so, a strange voice from the box talks to him. And starts to decribe his funeral. Hendrix wants to know who this guy is. He feels the voice has put him to sleep and made him dream weird dreams. But when he demands the man behind the voice to come out, he is grabbed by a mysterious ghost and dragged away without explenation except: 'you shouldn't have asked'. - Ger A.

Reprinted In: Beware 2
5 pg art Bill Benulis pencils and inks unsigned

Contributors:
Doc V.: Creator Credit
Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr.: Creator Credit