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WELCOME BOYS and GHOVLS/WE BEGIN OUR LOATHSOME JOURNEY MTOFEAR WITH A TERRIFYING 
NARRATIVE that will keep you YOWLING with JOY/ this MORBID MORSEL will TANTILIZE 
your IMAGINATION and S//0C/T your SENSES as it builds TO a CLIMAX bound to leave you GASPING 

FOR BREATH* HOLD TIGHT, KIDDIES, AS WE LEAD OFF WITH . 

CH0ULA5H 



Elaine smiles happily asshe a 
strolls slowly down the silenm 
street with the wolfe brother^ 
she feels smug and contented— 
and why not? how many girls 
have two such attractive men 
in love with them? 




Her heart swells with pride as she 
stands on the porch and watches 
them walk away they're both 
such manly specimens' 



BUT THE RIVALRY BETWEEN THE 
WOLFE BROTHERS IS A FRIENDLY 
ONE. THEY'VE LIVED TOGETHER 
SINCE THE DEATH OF THEIR 
PARENTS AND NOT EVEN THEIR 
MUTUAL LOVE FOR ELAINE INTER- 
FERS WITH BROTHERLY AFFECTION. 




When she gets home Elaine 
prepares for bed and strolls 
into the kitchen for a snack, 
it's midnight and she's 

HUNGRY . 



I'm STARVING/ guess I might 

AS WELL FINISH UP LAST 

WEEK'S MENU/ 




Elaine's eating habits leave a little some- 
thing TO BE DESIRED, EH. KIDDIES? LOOK AT THE 
WAY SHE LEANS OVER THE FREEZER ANO JUST 
DIGS IN/ BUT WHAT'S THAT STICKING OUT. . . 
AN ARM ? 



But OF COURSE, THE LOVING brothers know 
NOTHING OF ELAINE'S TRUE NATURE . WHAT A 
PITY THEY CAN'T SEE HER NOW, BLOOD DRIED 
ON HER LIPS, HER NAILS LONG AND SHARP, 
AND HER TEETH FORMED INTO NEEDLE -LIKE 
FANGS/ 





Let's face it, friends, there's no denying it: 
ELAINE IS A VAMPIRE/ and her "MIDNIGHT 
SNACK '"is the BLOOD of her last VICTIM . . 



TOO BAD.. .rms IS the 
END OF it i not another 
DROP LEFT / 




And what does she mean by "hunting," you ask ? 
well, it's this way,kids: elaine's diet consists 
only of human blood and in order to keep a fresh ( 
supply, every week or ten days it's necessary fori 
her to kill/ let's go back and see how she 
trapped that poor fellow who provided the 

I "SNACK - . ." T- 



SCHWEET (HIC/) 
ADELINE, SCHWEET 
(HIC) ADELINE . . . 







That night, as she always does 
' on the night of a kill, elaine 
had a little party. before 
freezing the body she treated 
herself to a pint of warm 
BLOOD/ 



AND THEN THE BODY WAS PUT IN , 
THE FREEZER WHERE, THANKS 
TO MODERN CONVENIENCES, 
ELAINE'S FOOD SUPPLY IS KEPT( 

FRESH AND WHOLESOME. . 



HMMMMMMM, 
DELICIOUS/ 



^THERE YOU SO^BIGBOYf 
YOU SHOULD LAST AT LEAST 

W TEN OR TWELVE DAYS/ 



Okay, kiddies, now you've seen how 

IT'S DONE. NOT VERY PLEASANT, 
EH? BUT AFTER ALL, A GIRL'S GOT 
TO EAT/.....IT'S THE NEXT DAY NOW, 
AND , AS USUAL, ELAINE HAS A 
DATE WITH TED AND FRANK WOLFE. 



HEY, HONEY, WE'VE GOT 

somethim important 




START 

ASKING, 
FELLAS/ 



WELL, IT'S THIS T SO WE 
WAY/ YOU KNOW WE J THOUGHT IF 

BOTH LOVE YOU /the three of! 



...BUT SO FAR 
YOU HAVEN'T 
BEEN ABLE TO 
CHOOSE BE- 
WEEN US 



US SPENT OUR 

'■VACATIONS 
TOGETHER AND 
YOU REALLY 
GOT TO KNOW US, 
MAYBE YOU'D DE- 
CIDE WHICH ONE 
TO MARRY/ 




| A^LOW SMILE OF PLEASURE 
CROSSES ELAINE'S FACE. THIS 
1$ PERFECT... IF SHE'D PLANNED 
IT HERSELF, IT COULDN'T BE 
BETTER/ t 



L IT sounds MAR- 
VELOUS... AND I KNOW JUST 
THE PLACE/ AH/SOLATED 
LAKE IN THE MOUNTAINS/ WE 
CAN RENT CABINS AND GO 
SWIMMING AND FISHING AND 
HAVE IK SWELL TIME/ 



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HAT'S THE CATCH, YOU ASK ? WHAT'S 

ELAINE GOT UP HER SLEEVE? OBVIOUSLY, 

SHE CANT MARRY EITHER OF THE WOLFE 

BROTHERS... LET'S INTRUDE ON HER 

THOUGHTS AS SHE PACKS FOR THE TRIP ' 

THREE WEEKS LATER AND MAYBE WE'LL 





Yes, ELAINE IS GREEDY/ THE 
BROTHERS ARE SUCH IDEAL SPECI- 
MENS OF MANHOOD THAT ELAINE 
COULDN'T BEAR THE THOUGHT OF 
SETTLING FOR ONE WHEN SHE 
MIGHT BE ABLE TO TRAP BOTH / 



AND TO INSURE AN AMKfE SUPPLY OF FOOD UNTIL TAD AND FRANK 
BECOME HER FEAST, ECAINE GOES HUNTING ON THE NIGHT BEFORE 
" VACATION IS TO BEGIN 



IT'LL BE SO EASY TO ARRANGE 
IT AT THE LAKE... SO EASY / 




When the brothers arrive early the next 
morning she's eagerly awaiting them . . 



HEY, WHAT ARE Y TOMATO JUICE/ 

ALL THESE THERMOS J THE CABINS ARE 
BOTTLES FOR ? Yf^FIVE MILES from 
WHAT'S IN 'EM ?/£ THE NEAREST STORE AND 
I'M MISERABLE if i 
OON'T HAVE MY TOMATO 
JUICE THE FIRST THING 
EVERY MORNING / 




They reach their destination 
in the late afternoon and, 
as elaine had promised, the 
cabins are completely re- 
mote from the outside world 



[snTn BEAUTIFUL? 
SO QUIET AND*EACEFUL/ 
WE'RE ALL ALONE/ Jt JUST 
THE 
.ALL W THREE 
ALONE/ JL OF US 




The two men go to their cabin and 
elaine goes to hers. . .the first 
thing she does is open one of the 
thermos bottles/ it's dinner time / 



(guzzle) UGH/ I HATE it in 
BOTTLES... THERE'S NOTHING 
LIKE THE REAL THING/ 



And in their cabin, the two 
wolfe brothers make a vow. . 



. . AND MAY THE J RIGHT, TAD... 
BEST MAN WIN, / AND REMEMBER 
FRANK/ g/ o\m PLEDGE-. 
NO HARD FEELINGS. 
WHOEVER WINS HAS 
her ALL 70 HIM- 
SELF WITH NO INTER- 
FERENCE FROM THE 
LOSER/ 




FOR THE FIRST TWO DAYS ELAINE IS CONTENT 
MERELY TO ENJOY THE VACATION... BUT AS THE 
THIRD EVENING APPROACHES SHE GETS HER 
PLAN INTO ACTION 

~" SAY, THAT'S 
RIGHT/ WHAT'LL 
WE DO, 
HONEY ? 



YOU KNOW, BOYS, THERE'S 
JUST ONE PROBLEM/ I'VE 
NEVER SEEN EITHER OF YOU 
ALONE. . . HOW CAN I TELL 
WHICH I LOVE UNLESS I - 
KNOW WHAT EACH OF YOU IS 
l INDIVIDUALLY/ 



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don't worry, DARLINGS,^ can settle it EASILY/ 

TAD, WHY DON'T YOU STROLL OVER TO MY CABIN 
YOURSELF AFTER DINNER ? AND, 
FRANK, I'LL SEE YOU 
TOMORROW NIGHT/ J > DATE 




TaD ARRIVES AT EIGHT O'CLOCK AND AS 
ELAINE LURES HIM INVITINGLY TOWARD 
THE COUCH HIS VOICE GROWS HUSKY 
WITH- EMOTION . . 



YOU KNOW YOU LOVE 
ME, ELAINE/ IT'S GOT 
TO BE ME/ YOU'RE 
MINE/ 



The room is dark and as tad buries his head in Elaine's 
shoulder, caressing her neck, he can't see her face . . . 
or the knife which gleams in her hand . ' . 




But that one second is too 
long/ just as elaine brings 
the knife into position, the 
cabin door bunsts open and 
frank stands silhouetted in 
the moonlight . . . 



TAD, COME OUT HERE/ 1 
WANT TO TALK TO YOU/ 

GET UP OFF 

THAT COUCH/ /okay, okay, 

STOP YELLING/ 
I'M COMING/ 




For a moment the anger in 
frank's voice frightens elaine 
has he seen the knife? does he 
know the truthpshe listens, 
crouched bown behind a win- 
dow, as the two men talk,. . . 



I TELL YOU I CAN'T STAND 
IT/ KNOWING YOU'RE INSIDE THERE 
KISSING HER/ WE'LL HAVE TO 

THINK OF SOMETHING ELSE/ 

THIS WON'T WORK/ 




Elaine smiles with relief/ 
they're arguing over her. . . 
the fools/ but minutes later 
the argument turns into a 
fight and instead of woros, 
the wolfe brothers exchange 

PUNCHES. . . 



SHE'S MINE... 
YOU CAN'T 
HAVE HER/ 




The long months of resentment and jealousy 
now burst forth with unabated fury and the 
brothers tear into one another with searing 

HATRED. . 



At TIMES IT APPEARS THAT FRANK WILL BE THE 
WINNER. . . 




BUT THEN, ONLY SECONDS LATER, THE TIDE ISREVERSEO 
AND TAD HOLDS THE UPPER HANO. . . 



Finally, ELAINE GIVES UP IN disgust and 
RETURNS INSIDE THE CABIN TO AWAIT THE 
VICTOR. . . a 




And then, at last, there is 
silence outside /the fight is 
over and footsteps slowly 
approacheo the cabin. . .the 
door opens and elaine turns 

TO FIND. . . 



BUT... BUT YOU'RE, 
BOTH HERE/ 



Elaine feels rage slowly 
creeping over her/ her 
patience is at an eno. . . she 
wants them. . . now/ 



WE'RE GOING TO SHARE YOU/ 
IT'S THE ONLY WAY/ IT'S SOME- 
THING NEW IN THE WOLFE 
FAMILY HISTORY. .. BUT THERE'S 

NOTHING ELSE WE can 00/ 



SO YOU'LL SHARE ME, WILL YOU? 

HA HA HA HA/ that's funny... 

VERY FUNNY/ 





But ELAINE HAS HEARD enough talk. . .SHE 
WHIRLS, THE LONG KNIFE GUTTERING IN HER HAND, 
AND CHARGES AT THE WOLFE BROTHERS/ BUT, WAIT 
A MINUTE, WHAT'S GOING ON HERE... ? 



DON'T BE AFRAID, HONEY. 
IT WON'T HURT MUCH/ 




Elaine can't believe her eyes. ■ .her heart 
pounds in terror and she backs slowly away, 
fear eating at every fiber of her being. . . 



WE PLANNED THE WHOLE 
THING, VACATION ANO 

EVERYTHING/ BUT THEN 
WE COUL'DN'T DECIDE WHO 

SHOULD HAVE YOU/ NOW, 

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SOLVED/* 




JO-GET AWAY FROM 
ME/D-DON'T 

COME 
NEAR ME... 






BUT, HONEY, WE HAVE TO COME 
NEAR YOU. . TO EAT YOU/ 



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US WOLFES/ US WEREWOLVES/ 



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15 FRANCOIS' 
SPECIALTY/ 








: /| Yes, people come prom miles around* 
to peast on the gourmets world- 
reknown oish: stupfep calf's 
heart/ the kitchen is francois nicoles 
kingdom and in it he reigns as goo' 




\ FOOLS /IDIOTS/ ) HE IS A ) I6NORC HIM/ 
r.A <» IT YOU'VE RUINED I SLAVE' < HE YELLS TO 
, f THE RATE/ ^ f DRIVER/ ) ENJOY THE 

S SOUND OF . 

HIS OWN VOCE: 




fm ASSISTANT COOKS AREN'T 
ALONE IN THEIR DISLIKE OF 
FRANCOIS. THE WAITERS, THE 
CASHIERS, EVEN THE BOSSES OF 
THE CAFE GOURMET HATE 
FRANCOIS' GUTS' 



ANOTHER. 
BAISE.'MAIS 
HON! HON/ 
WE INCREASED 
YOUR SAlARy 
ONI* LAST 
>WONTH.' 



TOO BAP,, 

messieurs! the 
CAFE EPICURE 
HAS OFFEREP 
ME MORE 
MONEY.' I SHALL 
LEAVE AT THE 
END Of THE WEEK/ 



But OF COURSE, THE GOURMET 

CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE 
FRANCOIS/ WITHOUT HIS 
KITCHEN MAGIC, BUSINESS 
WOULD FALL OFF TO NOTHING-... 
AND SO, AS USUAL, THEY GIVE 
IN TO HIS EXORBITANT 
DEMANDS... 



ALL BIGHT. ALL) t/AHAfyOU 
RIGHT, YOU J ARE TOO 



W/N/ WE'LL 
MEET THE 
EPICURE'S 
PRICE I 



TOO KIND, 
MESSIEURS.' 



Francois is the highest paid 
chef in all of paris. he 
dresses expensively... 



BON SOIR. N\Y POOR. PIGS.' 
THAT IS ALL YOU ARE FIT 
FOR... WASHING PISHES... 



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DARLING, 
PARLINS.' 

VTHabette. 

Ml SWEET... 



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And he drives a high-powered custom-built 
sport car.... 



DA D£ DUM, DA ' 
j DE DUM... J3 , 



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A TOUCHING 
LITTLE SCENE, 
EH* THE 
FAITHFUL 
WIFE GREETING 
HER... BUT 

WAIT A 
MINUTE! WHO 
SAID SHE 
WAS HIS 
WIFE? NO, 
KIDDIES, 
LUSCIOUS 
3ABETTE IS , 
NOT FRANCOIS 

WIFE/ 

INSTEAD, SHE 

IS HIS TOY... 

A GORGEOUS 

DOLL! 



FKANCOiS, DARLING, \SAY NO 
I SAW THE SWEETEST I MORE . 
FUR PIECE TOOM! /ANGEL ! 
A STOLE WITH .^^SlVS YOURS! 
SPECIAL... JJ I'LL WRITE 

OUT A CHECK . 
BEFORE I LEAVE/ 



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C/PON LEAVING 
THE RESTAURANT 
FRANCOIS GUIDES 
THE CAR. TO A 
I ARGE APARTMENT 
BUILDING ALONG 
THE SWANK RUE 
DE LA PAIX. THE 
ELEVATOR TAKES 
HIM TO THE TOP 
FLOOR WHERE, 
USING HIS KEY, 
HE ENTERS AN 
ELEGANTLY FUR- 
NISHED LIVING 
ROOM. BUT THE 
ROOM IS NOT 
EMPTY. SOMEONE 
AWAITS FRANCOIS' , 
ARRIVAL... 



Yes. babette is 
an expensive 
toy but francois 
is wild about 
her and no 
price is too 
high! he pays 
the rental on 
her apartment, 

BUYS HER 
CLOTHES AND 
EVERY WEEK 
GIVES HER AN 
"ALLOWANCE!" 
BUT NEVER 
FEAR, KIDDIES, 
FRANCOIS FEELS 
HIS BELOVED 
IS WORTH 
EVERY FRANC 



'S 



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When francos leaves babette, 
pawn is just breaking over the 
parjsias sky. Once again he enters 
the sleek black car ano settles 
behind the wheel... but this time 
he drives to a slum sector: of 
town... where another woman 
awaits him... 



WHAT'S THE ^^ DON'T START 

excuse tonight? ) that again, 

WHERE HAVE \y MARIE.' IT'S 
YOU BEEN * y[ LAT£ AND I'M 
TIREP.' 




Yes, as you 

CAN SEE, 
FRANCOIS DOES 
HAVE A WIFE.' 
MARIE AND 
FRANCOIS 
HAVE BEEN 
MARRIEO TEN 
YEARS. THEY 
HAVE TWO 
CHILDREN... 
BUT NEITHER 
HIS WIFE OR 
CHILDREN SEE 
MUCH OF THE 
ERRING HEAD- 
OF- THE-HOU5E... 



NOW <?UIET, 
CHILDREN.' YOUR 
FATHER'S 
SLEEPING.' 




BUT, /MAMA/ HE ALWAYS 
SLEEPS! HE NEVER TALKS 
OR PLAyS WITH US.' 




And, despite his large income, francois provides little 
better than a starvation income to his family.., 



BUT, FRANCOIS, yoU'VE GOT 
TO SIVE /WE MORE MONEy.' 
THE CHILDREN NEED 
WINTER COATS 



ANP... 






yOU BEAST/ HAVE yOU HOHEART?\ 




THEy'RE yOUR CHlWREN.' YOUK 
OWN FLESH AND BL00O! H\Qfi J 
1 DIE!/, DO yOU WISH THEM j^St 






The chef 


1 TO STARVE! , "^^B 


DESPISES 


k _>*FRANKLX MARIE, I 


HIS 


Nfc^?- =53!.^. I OON'T CARE fg 


RESPONSI- " 


¥ WHAT HAPPENS ^M 


BILITY 


^ TO THEM/ ^m 


TOWARD 




MARIE AND 


W^~^^jj^mi 


THE 




CHILDREN. 


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HE HOPES 




TO DRIVE 


HIS WIFE 
TO SEEK A 




DIVORCE AND 


THUS GAIN 


HIS FREEDOM 


W W v ^Sb :;: %iv!l 


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Francois' words drive marie into a frenzy of 
despair and she slaps him... but her husband 
is more than a match for her... 




YOU FIL THY PIS/ 

HON DARE YOU 
SLAP ME 1 



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1 1 (SOB) 1 MATE YOU.' 

//Are you/ 

1AT'S 



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F/Ne WITH ME... BUT I 
WARN TOO, IF YOU EVER 
LAY A HAND ON ME 
ASAIN, yOU'U SET THE! 
BEATING of youR, 
LIFE/ 



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Not a very 
pretty picture, 
is it. kiddies* 
but never fear, 
francois will 
pay for his sins 
in the end. for 
a month, how- 
ever, he contin- 
ues to ride 
high.' at the 
restaurant, his 
culinary artist- 
RY IS AS 
DELECTABLE 
AS EVER... 



THIS IS FOR 
MONSIEUR 
BELPERE/ 
DON'T LET IT 
COOL, FOOL.' 



OUI, FRA.HCOIS.' 
ONB STVFFEP 
CALF'S HEART 



■ '"■'" 




And with babette, his popularity 
increases as his "generosity ' 
increases... | ■ ■ 

-* GO aflFAD, MY PET, 
, GET IT TOMORROW 
I AND HAVE THE 
STORE SEND ME 
THE BILL.' 



...AND IT'S 
ONLY IO.OOO 
FRANCS. 
DARLING.' 




ThE ONLY PLY IN FRANCOIS' 
OINTMENT CONTINUES TO BE 
MARIE... WHOSE DEMANDS 
IRRITATE HIM MORE AND MORE .. 



FRANCOIS, 
MICHEL IS 

SICK.' HE 
COMPLAINS 
OF PAINS 

IN HIS 
STOMACH 

AND... 



DON'T BOTHER 
ME WITH THIS 
NONSENSE/ 
HE'S PROBABLY 
I EATEN TOO . 
I MUCH CANOY! 




Francois is tired this 
morning-. last night he 
took babette on a spree 
and his head aches prom 
too much champagne. no, 
he has no time or. 
patience to listen to 
marie's fears... 



FRANCOIS, 
PLEASE. I 
BEG- you! 

He'S YOUR. 
SON.' HE 
NEEDS A 
DOCTOR!/ 
LET ME 
CALL... 



LET GO OF ME, 

YOU HYSTERICAL 
WOMAN! THERE'S 
NOTHINS WRONG- 
WITH HIM! X 
PORB/P YOU TO 
WASTE iV\Y 
MONEY ON 
DOCTORS! NOW, 
SMUT UP! 




But, 

INSTEAD 
OF REMAIN- 
ING SILENT. 

MA£l£ 
CONTINUES 
TO PLEAD 

WITH 
FRANCOIS. 
SHE PULLS 
■AT HIS 
SlEEVS, 
YANKS ON 
HIS ARM... 
AND IN A 

FIT OF 
VIOLENT 
RAGE, HE 
ATTACKS 

HER... 



But even the sound op his 
son's anguished screams po 
not stop francois! he raises 
the heavy cane 
again and again.' 



3UT THE 
HORROR 
IS NOT 

COMF1 ETE 
UNTIL 

FRANCOIS 
SLAPS 

MICHEL 

AND 

SENDS 

THE BOY 

HURTLING 

ACROSS 
THE 

ROOM... 





5 'he walks to THE KITCHEN, to a 
WALL WHERE ALL THE KNIVES 
HANG SPARKLING AND &LITTER/NC- 
...AND IN HER HYSTERIA, THE 
MOTHER SEES A FIGURE BEFORE 

UCD 

'-^-loKOVY MURPEREP 

me , mama .' he murpereo 
me/ 

yES,DARLIN&, I 
KNOW HE DID.' AND 
NOW HE'LL Oie... 
DIB LIKE A OO&f 



Tne razor sharp CLEAVER is 
I PLACED IN A PAPER BAG AND 
I MARIE WALKS SLOWLY AND 
DELIBERATELY TO THE ALLEY 
BEHIND THE GOURMET... IT 

IS ONLY EARL Y AFTERNOON AND 
FRANCOIS DOES NOT FINISH 
WORK UNTIL MIDNIGHT... BUT 
,VIARIE HAS PATIENCE, LOTS OF 

PATIENCE... , 



M EANWHILE, INSIDE THE 
GOURMET, UNAWARE THAT 
HIS WIFE AWAITS HIM OUTSIDE, 
FRANCOIS PREPARES HIS 
SPECIALTY. . . 



HURRY UP, 

IDIOTS .' BRING ME THE 
STUFFING, THE CALVE'S 
HEARTS ARE READY FOR 
THE OVEN .' 



HE'S A MURDERER.' 
A COLD-BLOOPEP 
MURDERER! 




fnMKte 

j-ijouiwej. 



"Thehours 

PASS 
QUICKLY 
AND AT 
MIDNIGHT 
FRANCOIS 
DONS HIS 
ELEGANT 
CAPE, PICKS 
UP HIS 
CANE, AND 
BIDS HIS 
ASSISTANTS 
GOOD 
NIGHT... 



THIS IS FOR 
MICHEL, MY , 
FINE HUSBAND/ 
A PRESENT 

FROM YOUR SON! 




"The 
CLEAVER 
HITS ITS 

MARK WITH 

DEADLY 
ACCURACY. 
FRANCOIS 
DOESN'T 

EVEN HAVE 

A CHANCE 
TO SCREAM 
AS THE 
BLADE 

SPLITS HIS 
■ BRAIN 
IN HALF. . . 




"But MERE 

DEATH IS NOT 

ENOUGH 
FOR MARIE. 
THE LOSS OF 
MICHEL HAS 
AFFECTED 
HER BRAIN 
AND IN THE 
QUIET OF 
THE ALLEY 
THE BLOODY 
INSTRUMENT 
OF REVENGE 
RISES AND 
FALLS. . . 
RISES AND 
FALLS... 



EVEN DEATH is TOO 

0000 FOR YOU, FRANCO! 

1 WANT YOU TO SUFFER 
M ORE AND MORE. . . AND 
MORE... 

AND 
MORE... 



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IT IS LATE THE FOLLOWING MORNING NOW 
AND THE ASSISTANT COOKS OF THE GOURMET 

■ARE ENTERING THE KITCHEN. TCH. . . TCH.. . TCH, 
POOR MEN, THEY'VE JUST FINISHED BREAK- 
FAST AND THEIR STOMACHS AREN'T FREPAREP 
FOR THE SIGHT WHICH (9REETS THEM .' MARIE 
SNEAKED INTO THE RESTAURANT LAST NIGHT 
AFTER EVERYONE HAD GONE HOME AND COOKED 
A LITTLE MEAL IN REMEMBRANCE OF FRANCOIS. 
WHOEVER SAID THAT FRANCOIS WAS THE COOK 
IN THE NICOLE FAMILY WAS WfZON&... MARIE 
REALLY SHOVED THEM A FEW NEW TRICKS 
WHEN SHE WHIPPED UP THIS LITTLE FEASTifb 
YEP, YOU MIGHT EVEN SAY SHE GAVE THEM Ml 



ttlE POOP POR THOUGHT! 
FRANCOIS' 






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GRAVE INFORMATION 



By ELLEN LYNN 



SANDLOW was a thriving fittte town. It boosted 
a movie house. The Grenada, owned by Dick 
Raymond who took an almost paternal pride fn 
watching the townsfolk crowd into the theater. 
He enjoyed standing at the entrance greeting his 
patrons by name— "Hello, John. Pretty good movie 
today!" or asking about the members of his fam- 
ily, all of whom he knew in a neighborly way: 
"How's Aunt Millie? Glad she's better, Tom." 

Besides, Dick had a nice income from his movie 
theater. It paid him well . . . except for one week 
a year— a week in November. For three years in 
succession, Dick had watched that week's crowds 
make their way to the Town Hall in the village 
square, leaving The Grenada almost empty. It 
wasn't politics, a concert, or important local affairs 
that drew the business away from him this par- 
ticular week each year. That he" could have ac- 
cepted. The thing that rankled was that the 
Grea^ Barrie, magician and mental telepathist, 
would come to town annually and draw all his 
patrons from the theater to watch, admire, gasp 
while Barrie performed his feats of magic— but, 
most impressive, his mind-reading acts. 

ft was after the matinee showing, and Dick 
stood beside the cashier's cage watching the kids 
flowing out of the doors of the theater. Marie 
stood silently at his side. He wondered if she" 
was thinking the same thing that he was— that 
the evening performances would go on to a prac- 
tically empty house. The Great Barrie was in town 
and the townspeople were all' agog, talking noth- 
ing but his mind-reading skill and how they 
wouldn't miss it for anything. Which meant !hat 
his excellent double feature bill would be sacri- 
ficed to that "phony," that "charlatan ..." 

"Goodbye, Mr. Raymond. You'll have to take 
over the box tonight.! won't be back," Marie 
Denny informed him. 

His face flushed as Dick turned to look at Marie. 
As usual his heart skipped a. beat when she 
turned her large, blue eyes with their heavy 
lashes, on him. She was just a kid, nineteen, but 
smart; and a good cashier. He was thirty-two and 
a, "confirmed" bachelor, but the longer he saw 
Marie, the more his thoughts turned to marriage. 
A pang shot through him suddenly. Where was 
sbe going tonight? Why wouldn't she be back? 



She had never missed a performance before. 

"Why aren't you coming back, Marie?" he 
asked, his voice husky He half feored her answer. 

"Sorry, Dick, but I want to see the mind-reader, 
Barrie. The theater*!! be empty anyway, so you 
won't need me," she replied matter-of-factly. 

He let her go. Young as she was, she knew her 
own mind; he felt there'd be no use arguing. 
What was there about this Barrie? Was it because 
he was young and handsome that Marie left her 
post to go see him? What kind of a stunt was his 
mind-reading act? 

Dick returned to the cashier's cage for the six 
o'clock show. A few stragglers sauntered in. It 
was hardly worth keeping the house open. His 
mind seethed with thoughts of The Great Barrie 
and of Marie sitting in the audience lost in ad- 
miration for what he called "this fake." Sud- 
denly he decided he would sell no more tickets. 
When the scattered few left the house, he would 
lock up and call it a day. 

The night was dark, with a clouded moon and 
no stars. A strong pull drew him in the direction 
of the Town Hall, but he forced himself to con- 
Hnue walking past. A resolution to ask Marie to 
marry him was strengthening inside him. She was 
young, pretty, she might be susceptible to a young 
good-looking man. He imagined her in the holi- 
with the rest of the audience, thrilling to the skill 
of the attractive performer. 
• A hoot owl broke the silence with his shrill cry. 
Dick came back to reality and saw that he was 
walking past the town cemetery. He hadn't real- 
ized he bad gone so far out. The gate was slightly 
■ ajar and on an impulse he opened it and walked 
through. In his disturbed emotional state this mor- 
bid atmosphere had a peculiar comfort for him. 
He strolled on the silent paths, occasionally glanc- 
ing at the head stones whenever the moon sud- 
denly appeared from behind the clouds .and 
briefly lighted up the gloomy darkness. He shiv- 
ered and a chill passed over him. A slow drizzle 
began to fall. It was midnight. Dick started back 
for home. He tried to shake off the gloomy spell 
that had assailed him. Might as well face it, he 
was in love and he had better marry Marie. 
Tomorrow, he'd speak to her. 

When Marie showed up for the matinee the 



next day, O'rck noticed that she was humming and 
apparently in a gay mood. He invited her to 
have dinner with him before the evening show 
"Oh, but 1 can't, Dick. Haven't you heard?" she 
asked in surprise, "Barrie announced he'd give an 
extra performance this evening. Everybody went 
wild about him— the Mayor himself was there and 
got upon the platform and invited Barrie to stay 
over another day." 

"What stupidity!" Dick burst out. "How can 
they all be taken in by a trickster!" 

"But "rt was amazing, Dick," Marie retorted. 
"Barrie was able to give names and incidents in 
the families of almost everyone in the audience. 
And, you know, he told us whom he was going to 
telepathize tonight— and / am going to be one of 
them. Isn't that exciting?" 

A hot flame shot through Dick. "Oh, so thafs. 
it! A romantic girl falls for the trickery of a magi- 
cian — just because he's young and handsome. 
Don't you know he's a fake!". 

This time it was Marie who flushed. "Why, you 
haven't even seen his work, yet you criticize him 
and accuse him of trickery. If you think you know 
so much, Dick, why don't you go tonight; I'll even 
stay here at the theater so you can see for your- 
self what amazing things he does" 

"Very well, we'll do that. I'll go— and you take 
care of things here tonight," Dick retorted grimly. 
"I'll be back in an hour, Marie, I must attend to 
■ something now." 

Dick walked away. Somehow he must show up 
that fake telepathist. Perhaps when he went to- 
night he'd find a way. As he walked moodily, he 
noticed that the village streets were deserted, as 
usual on Sunday. Everyone was eating dinner or 
napping, or reading the papers. And tonight was 
to offer a special treat, Dick thought with a sneer 
... a special Sunday performance of the Great 
Barrie! The little .town could talk of nothing 
else. ..•> . 

Who was that? A tall, slender man was hurry- 
ing up the steps of the library. He was looking 
around, over his shoulder, just as he darted 
through the entrance. Apparently, he didn't see 
Dick who had stopped and leaned against a tree 
trunk to light a cigarette. Why, it was Barrie? 
Whatever was he doing at the library on Sunday 
—when it was closed? Dick stamped out his cigar- 
ette, waiting breathlessly. Look, Barrie was putting 
a key "in the lock. The door was opening. .He 
disappeared inside. Well, that was it! The great 
i .mind-reader was looking up the archives of the 
families in town and getting information on rela- 
tives and events. He probably had a remarkable 
memory— some people have photographic mem- 



ories—and he thus startled all the people in town 
with his mysterious mind-reading, giving them 
dates, names and events that a stranger couldn't 
possibly know! Dick laughed softly to himself, 
suddenly light-hearted. Unless they have an ex- 
cellent source of information, he thought in tri- 
umph. Then he saw Barrie go to the little 
• cemetery 

That evening he gave Marie a tight hug as he 
said . goodbye. "Well, I'm going to see your 
amazing mind-reader. Take care of the theater, 
dear," he said cheerfully, knowing he was going 
to come back with a story of how he showed up 
her, hero. 

The performance had already started when 
Dick entered. Barrie was giving some amazing 
details to Jenny Haverford and she and the others 
were gasping in astonishment. Dick listened a 
-moment. "My God," he thought, "that charlatan is 
using information from the gravestones, too! He 
really makes a science of this thing! ' 

"Does anyone wish to ask me any questions 
about a departed one?" Barrie was now asking 
of the audience. 

"I do," Dick called out. "Tell me, if you can, 
the inscription on the gravestone of Marie Denny." 
There was o snicker throughout the audiefcte. 
They caught on— Dick was trying to trick Barrie. 
Barrie paused and then spoke solemnly. "That 
is a sad case. Marie was so young and beautiful 
—only nineteen. Her inscription reads: 'A beautiful 
flower, cut down too soon.' 

A roor of laughter filled the room. Dick got up 
and addressed the audience, "Now you see what 
a fake the Great Barrie is— I've just left Marie 
Denny at her usuol place in the cashier's box at 
the theater." . 

Barrie tried to quiet the crowd but they hooted 
and jeered and he finally walked off the stage. 
Dick almost ran back to the theater in his haste 
to report to Marie his clever ruse to catch the 
f-aud. An ambulance was in front of the theater 
-rthey were carrying out a stretcher. Who— who? 
— It — was — Marie! A dire foreboding coursed 
through him. He spoke to the doctor— she had 
dropped dead— of a heart attack. 

The next week most of the villagers drove with 
him to Marie's hometown, a hundred miles away. 
In a dismal rain they all trudged to the open 
grave waiting to receive the coffin of the dead 
Marie. A gasp as though from one thrbat trem- 
bled through the air. There stood a headstone at 
the open pit; it read^A beautiful flower, cut 
down too soon! 

THE END 



HEE, HEE, tiEEf YOU'LL LIKE THIS SLIMY SAGA OF VILE DESTRUCTION, WE'RE SURE, 
KIDPIES/ JUST USE YOUR HEADS f 60TH OF THEM, THAT ISj ANP RELAX WHILE WE 
TURN YOUR STOMACHS WITH THIS FOUL BIT OF FICTION TITLED... 





K7H6N HENRElD CALVIN HANGED A MAN IT 
WAS A JOB EXQUISITELY DONE! THERE 
WAS NEVER ANy DELAY, NEVER A SUP- UP, 
NEVER A MOVE THAT LACKED HENREI0!5 
USUAL PRECISION/ 



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YOU'RE GIVEN TO UNDERSTATEMENT, 

WARDEN.' I'M IN ,-_ 

EXCELLENT FORM... } I'VE WATCHED HIM 
AND I'M THE 703 THIS A HUNDRED 

BEST HANGMAN t ] TIMES AND HE 
IN THE WORLD.') ALWAYS eiVES ME 




Yes, HENREIP £NJOYEP HIS WORK ... AND HE 

WANTED THE WHOLE WORLD TO KNOW IT... 
PARTICULARLy THE CRIMINALS WHOSE HAUNTS 
IT DELIGHTED HIM TO VISIT/ 



HAVE ANOTHER DRINK AND 
I'LL TELL YOU ABOUT THE 
HANGING OF 6AT DRISCOLL. 
TODAY/ IT WAS A LOVELY 
•SIGHT '. JUST LOVELY? 



PLEASE, HEN REID, 
CAN'T YOU TALK 
, ABOUT SOME- _ 
'thins- PLEASANT? 




Bull 

McBRlDE 

AMD 
DUTCH , 

herren! 

IN THE 

UNDERWORLD 

THEIR 

NAMES 

WERE 

SPOKEN 

WITH 

REVERENCE 

BUT 

WHEN THE 

HANGMAN 

WAS 

NEAR. 

EVEN 

THEy , 

TREMBLED' 



LET'S SET OUT 
Of HERE, DUTCH .' 
THAT D/RTY 
HANGMAN 
MAKES ME 
SICK! 





yOU CAN'T FRIGHTEN ME, 
DUTCH... AND MARK ' 
MY WORDS... it 

WILL BE ME , -^LET'S 

WHO ENDS [GET AWAY 
yOUR LIFE ' \FROM THIS 
YOU'LL DIE ON ,\ZOO^/HE 
MY SALLOWS/ ) EVEN 
YOU'LL DANGLE 
FROM THE 
END OF MY 
ROPE/ 



SMELLS 

OF 

DEATH/ 



K7HEN HENREID FINALLY LEFT 
THE BAR AND STARTED HOME 

HE MADE ONE LAST STOP... 

AT THE PRISON CEMETERY.. . 



GOOD EVENING, MY FRIENDS.' 
YOU'RE RESTING WELL, I 
TRUST.' I WANT MY " WORK 

OF ART* TO BE HAPPY/ 




ffes, HENREID THOUSHTOF HIMSELF AS A 
TRUE ARTIST... AND THE SOPIES OF THE , 
MEN HE'D HANGED WERE HIS CREATIONS ! 



IN LIFE rOL/ WERE NOTHING! WORSE THAN 
NOTHING... MURDERERS. THIEVES, CUT- 
THROATS... BUT IN DEATH I'VE 
MADE you HONORABLE. 1 




It was six .months LATER when dutch herren 

MADE ONE FATAL MISTAKE AND ENDED UP AS 
ANOTHER OF HENREID'S VICTIMS... 




Seconds later, the hanging was over and 
putch's body cvxngled lifelessly... 



MA.'HA! APPRECIATE IT, DUTCH? J BLAST HENREID/ 
A P/7"y IT WAS ALL OVER J HE GETS 

SO FAST, ISN'T IT? YES, ^ WORSE ALL THE 

T'S JUST THE way X ^, 

PROMISED, DUTCH/ 




EklTCH'S DEATH CAME AS A BITTER BLOW TO 
HIS FRIEND, BULL, AND THAT NIGHT. JN A 
DINGY ROOM ON THE OTHER SIDE OF TOWN . 



HENREID K/ILED DUTCH... JUST LIKE HE 5AID ] 
AND TONI6HT HE'LL BE COMING AROUND TO 
DOLAN\S PLACE TO BRAG . 
ABOUT IT... SUT IT'LL BE , 'feT YUH GONNA 
THE LAST TIME HE DOSS.' ¥ KILL HIM, BULL?, 




NO! THAT' D BE TOO GOOD FOR 
HIM... TOO EASY/ X'M GONNA 
CRACK EVERY BONE IN HIS 
BODY. I'M GONNA MAKE A 
CRIPPLE OUT OF HIM - 
AND THE MORE HE 
SCREAMS, THE 
BETTER Ilt 
LIKE IT.' 




And later when henreid 
came out of dolan's place... 



WELL... WELL... 
SO YOU TURNED 

UP AFTER ALL, 
BULL.' 1 MISSED 
yOU TONIGHT.' 
1 WANTED TO 



YOU'RE 

NOT 
DOING 

ANY 

MORE 

TALKING TO 




NTO THE J POOLS, YOU 
ALLEY, \ CAN'T SET AWAY 
HENREID' j WITH THIS.' I'M 
INDISPENSABLE 
TO THE PRISON 
DEATH HOUSES OF 
five STATES/ 
THEY'LL HUNT YOU . 
DOWN LIKE DOSS! . 



,,-, 



WE'RE SAFE ENOUGH, HENRElD.' 
YOU SEE WE'RE NOT GOING 

to kill you.' we're just 

GOING TO BREAK EVERY 
BONB IN YOUR BODY... 
LIKE THIS! 



LISTEN 
TO THAT 
ARM 
BREAK... 
IT'S LIKE 




BRUTAL 

BEATING 

LASTEP 

FOR" AN 

HOUR 

ANP 

HENREID'S 

SCREAMS 

SUBSIDED 

INTO LOW 

MOANS 

OF 
DESPAIR... 
HE WAS 
LIKE A 
WOUNDED 
ANIMAL... 





0UT HENREIP LIVED... AND 

MONTHS LATER...'! 

— ■—> MY BODy 



yOUR RECOVERY 
IS A MEDICAL 
MARVEL, , 
MR. HENREIP.' 
OF COURSE, 
WE CAN NEVER 
DO ANYTHING 
ABOUT YOUR 
CRIPPLEO 
Bopy .' 



'£>• 



IS STILL 
GOOD 
ENOUGH TO 
DO MY JOB... 
AND THAT'S 
ALL THAT 
COUNTS.' 



0UT HENREIP WAS WRONG . 



I'M SORRY, 

HENREIP... IT'S , 

IMPOSSIBLE' 

WE NEEP A 

HANGMAN WE 
CAN DEPEND" 
ON. ..ANP YOU'RE 
JUST HOT FIT.' 
THE WARPENS 
OF THE OTHER' 

PRISONS FEELS 

EXACTLY 
THE SAME WAY.' 



S w 



FIT 2 BUT I 
TELL VOU I 
HAVEN'T 
LOST MY 

SKILL! 

UNDERSTAND 

BENTON 

IS THE 
OFFICIAL 
HANGMAN NOW. 1 
WHY ...THE 
MAN KNOWS 
. NOTHING 
'ABOUT THE ART 
... NOTHING J 



'Hut it was no use .' no prison would 

■fl&PLOy THE CRIPPLED HENRElD... AND 
BITTERNESS RANKLED IN THE HANGMAN'S 

COLD HEART... | 

• HOT PIT, THEY SAY... 

X'LL SHOW THEM .'AND 
THE MEN WHO MAIMED 

ME WILL BE THE 
MEANS OF SHOWING 
■JUST HOW FIT 
X AM.' 




t^HEN BULL McBRIPS RETURNED TO HIS ROO M THAT 

NIGHT, HORROR GREETED HIM... I ' "* 

' HENRElD CAN 



PERFORM A GOOD HANGING UNDER THE 
DIFFICULT CONDITIONS, 
BULL.' DON'T YOU AGREE * 



MOST 



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A*0 AN HOUR LATER , THE OTHER THUG MET THE 
SAMS END IN HIS ROOM . . . 



NOT EVEN SOMETHING OVERHEAD TO 
RUN THE ROPE THROUGHOUT yOU'RE 
DYING JUST THE SAME BECAUSE 
HENREIP IS 



HENREID J Z HEARD 
HE WAS SORE BECAUSE 
HE COULDN'T (SET HIS JOB 
BACK... ANP REMEMBER 
WHEN HE WENT TO THE 
HOSPITAL HE TOLD US BULL 
HAD CRIPPLED H/M...BUT WE , 
COULDN'T PROVE IT/ 




Ur DIDN'T TAKE THE POLICE LON& TO DECIDE 
WHO THE MURDERER HAD BEEN . . . 



IVHEN THE POLICE CAME FOR HIM, HENREID DIP 
HOT PENy HIS GUILT.' HE WAS A MAN WHOSE 
MISSION WAS ALMOST ACCOMPLISHED.' AND 
WHEN HIS TRIAL WAS OVER... 



...AND YOU SHALL BE HANGED BY 
THE NECK UNTIL. YOU ARE DEAD' 



THEN... IN THE PRISON WHERE HENREID HAD ONCE 
BEEN HANGMAN 



I'D LIKE TO BE 
KIND, HENREID... 
BUT r CAN'T' 
YOU'RE EVIL 
ALL THE WAY 
THROUGH . . . AND 
I'M GLAD BENTON 
WILL BE HANGING- 
yOU TOMORROW.' 





/InD THAT NIGHT... WHEN AN UN- 
WARY TURNKEY ANSWERED HENREIPS 
CALL AND CAME TOO CLOSE TO THE 
BARS OF HIS CELL... 




|T WAS OVER AN HOUR BEFORE 
THE TURNKEY'S BODy WAS DIS- 
COVERED AND IN THAT HOUR 
HENREID, WHO KNEW THE AREA 
BETTER THAN THE PALM OF 
HIS OWN HAND, HAD AMPLE 
TIME TO EFFECT HIS ESCAPE... 



BENTON '/THAT BUNGLING 
IDIOT' NO, IT WAS NOT 

.MEANT THAT I, THE GREAT 
HENREID, DIE BY HIS HAND.' 
" HA i 




Th6 
SEARCH 
FOR THE 
MAD CRIPPLE 

LASTED 
LON6 INTO 
THE NIGHT... 
'AND ON 
INTO THE 
NEXT DAY... 
AND THE . 
NEXT DAY... 
BUT TO NO 

Avail, the 

STATE 

POLICE OF- 

THREE 

STATES 

WERE. 

UNABLE TO 

FIND HIM.' 





"THEIR HEARTS PILLED WITH FEAR, THEY RAN SCREAM- 
ING FROM THE WOOVS ANO FOUND THEMSELVES AT 
THE GATES OF THE PRISON . AN HOUR LATER THE 
WARDEN AND THREE GUARDS MADE THEIR WAY 
BACK TO THE SCENE OF THE DISCOV ERY . . . 

warden ...oo you suppose. . . » 

I MEAN , DO VOU THINK MAYBE ...f 




fUT WHEN THEY REACHED THE 
RISLY SIGHT THERE COULD 

BE NO DOU8T... I 

J THAT'S W/M 



MOLV, 
COW/ 

LOOK 
AT IT.' 



ALL RIGHT... AND 
LOOK THERE'S A 
NOTE ATTACHED 




VeS,THE BODY WAS HENREID'S. 
THE MAD HANGMAN HAD AN 
ODD SENSE OF JUSTICE... HE 
HAD NO INTENTION OF ESCAP- 
ING PUNISH/KENT... HE MERELY 
WISHED TO 6E THE EKECU- 
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', YOU'RE GLUTTONS FOR PUNISHMENT, EH. CHILDREN ? JUST CANT SET ENOUGH TERROR TO FILL YOUR 
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INCOMING. ^W you CAN'T ESCAPE 
HAROLD ! I WARN M * Ae ;" A '' OLO YOUWE 
YOU, I'M COMING/ /^^ TRAPf 



SfaW NAME B HAROLD WEST. YOU'RE A DEEP-SEA 

CXVER AND WITH YOUR PARTNER, WALTER NORTON,YOU 
EWIORE THE INKY BLACKNESS BENEATH THE SEA. THAT'S 
WHAT YOU'RE POINS RKSHT NOW, I5NT IT, HAROLD ? 
>0U AND WALTER TALK THROUGH THE SPECIAL MICRO- 
PHONES BUILT INTO WUR HELMETS . . . 



WO. NO' SiS^Y^ 

PLEASE, WALTER, 1 
LEAVE ME ALONE i 
VOU'RE DEAD 
YOU CAN'T.. 





v\p<HAha//aHA.' 
you're going 
to die.' die.' 



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Kywl *M * / vou KILLED 
ME ...AND 
NOW I'LL KILL 
YOU .' • 



YoiVE BEEN HIRED BY A CRAZY ECCENTRIC TO LOCATE 
THE HULL OF A SHIP SUPPOSEDLY SUNhfOFF THE 
FtORlDA COAST IN WH THEOLOMAN INSISTS THE 
SHIP CARRIED A TREASURE IN JEWELS, BUT VOU AND 
WALTER THINK HE'S WACKV.' 











YOU MAKE WW WAY CAUTIOUSLY INTO WHAT WAS ONCE 
THE HOLD OF THE ROTTING VESSEL. IT'S PITCH BLACK 
INSIDE ANO EVEN THOUGH YOU CANT SMELL IT. YOU 
KNOW THE MOLDED WOOD EKUDES,A MUSTY, R ANClO 

odor ... - r — ~-j^' ~~~ T 

fa r Li/ WO SENSE WASTING A HEY. HAROLD .' 
L* • >A MUCH TIME LOOKING I LOOK ... A 
%diKlW... js-_^A CHEST.' 



BOTH GUDE SLOWLY TO THE ANCIENT SEA CHEST... 
.„ AS YOUR FINGERS GRIP rTS 5UMY LID, YOU PEEL 
YOUR HEART START TO POUND. COULD IT POSSIBLY BE? 




Ambling, you shove sack the heavy up.. .and TWEE. 

DANCING AND GLEAMING BEFORE YOUR EYES, 15 A FORTUNE 
IN OEMS. DIAMONDS. RUBIES, PEARLS, SAPPHIRES. ALL 
GLIMMERING, ALL PRECIOUS .' 



tJW FORTUNE OF MIDAS 15 AT YOUR FEET, ISNT 
If, HAROLD ? THIS IS THE KIND OF THING MEN 
DREAM ABOUT I SUNKEN TREASURE 1 YOU 
FEEL LIKE LAUGHING, SCREAMING, DANCING... ' 
AND THEN WALTERS VOICE BREAKS THROUGH 
TO YOU... 




ms , YOU V FORGOTTEN HAROLD ...THE 
FORTUNE ISNT YOURS, • IT BEIONG5 
TO THE MAN WHO HIRED VOU /ALL YOU'RE 
GOING TO GET IS A LOUSY. LITTLE BONUS.' 

■9 



ATHOUSANOBUCKE. 1 WHAT'S 

THAT ? THIS STUFF IS WORTH A 
MILLION ... MAYBE TWO 

million* use, az — ■*• 

YOUR HEAD, WALT^^Tm. 



He's so stupid you'D uke to 
smash him in the teeth .' 
"whattayou mean?" 



OONT BE A POOL . . . WE 
CAN KEEP AU OP THIS 
FOR OURSELVES / WE DONT 
HAVE TO SHARE WITH THE 
OLD MAN.' HE DOESNTKNOW 

WE FOUND THE J —-— 

STUFF.' ./HEY, YOU'RE 



And so, as you're pulled to the 
surface you lay your plan... 




WE'LL TELL HIM THE. CHEST WAS THERE 
...BUT BAAPTY.' THAT SOMEBODY 
MUST HAVE BEATEN HIM"TO IT.' 

f YEAH, THEN WE BETTER WAJT 
A MONTH OR SO.. .AND DIVE 
. AT NIGHT WHEN We G© 
AFTER THE JEWELS.' 




^SH-D JACOBS HOWARD IS 8ADLV DISAPPOINTED WHEN HE 
HEAR5 THE NEWS. ISN'T HE, HAROLD? HE'S SUNK HIS LAST 
DIME INTO THIS VENTURE.. .AND NOW HI5 DREAMS COME 
CRASHING DOWN AROUNO HIS HEAP... 



EMPTY.' IT--IT 

WAS THERE 

EMPTY,' 



THAT'S RIGHT, MR. HOWARD/aEANfO 
OUT! ■TDU<5HLUCK,S^e. , 



TOU AND WALTER SET OUT OF YOUR DIVING SUITS, CHANGE 
CLOTHES ANO PREPARE TO 60 HOME. AS VDU TIE YOUR 
5HOES A THOUGHT OCCURS TO SOU. ..A VERY MfORTANT 
THOUGHT... 




M^NP WHEN ELLIE GREW COLDER 
I TOWARO YOU, YOU DIDN'T KNOW THE 
REASON, DID YOU . HAROLD ? YOU MERE " 
BUND... BLIND AS ONLY A MAN IN 
COVE CAN BE... 



■ Yes, you were a bks.stupid jerk,, 
harold i when the telegram 
came it was a bolt from out 
of the blue . . . 



ELLI5, WHAT'S THE 
MATTER? YOU'VE 
BEEN ACTING SO FUNNY 
LATELY.. .AND NOW 
YOU WON'T EVEN KISS 
ME GOOD NIGHT.' 



I'M 



N'NOTHKNG'S - 
THE MATTER, 
HAROLD ! I... 
ER...IVE GOT' 
A COLO.' 
I'M AFRAID 
YOU'LL CATCH 

rr.' 



W-WHAT? OH.MY GOO, 

N0...NO... 



5UT THAT WAS OVER TWO YEARS 
AGO AND ON NIGHTS UKE TONIGHT 
WHEN YOU HAVE PINNER WITH" WADES 
AND ELLIE, YOU TRY TO IGNORE THE 
OLD FEELINGS OF RESENTMENT ANP 
BETRAYAL... 



{/Antes > 



~Sd 




t-OUR NEXT PLAN STARTS THIS VERY 
INSTANT AS YOU WATCH THE HAPPV 
COUPLE, LAUGHING, WASH THE DISHES.. 
YOU'RE A MAN FILLED' WITH HATE... 
A VINDICTIVE MAN.'., 



When you leave, walter walk's 
you to the gate . ..and wu get 
your diabolical scheme started. 



REMEMBER WALT, NOT A WORD 
TO ELUE .' AND YOU'D SETTER SET 
SOME EXCUSES READY FOR 
WHEN YOU HAVE TO BE GONE 
NIGHTS.' 

YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT, 
FOR WHEN WE GO ' 
DIVING/ OKAY.DONT 
WORRyj I'LL THINK 
OF SOMETHING .' 




ffTS A MONTH LATER AND NOW WU AND 
WALTER ARE COMPLETING YOUR FIFTH 
TRIP DOWN TO THE TREASURE... 



GOOD 80Y/ WALT.' I gOV, I SURf 
THAT'S JUST ABOUT / H0P6SO.' 
HALF.' ANOTHER /ELLIES BESlN.- 
F1VE OR SIX NIGHTS / NING TO LOOK 
AND WE'LL BE /SUSPICIOUS 
FINISHED '. _/ WHEN I TELL HER 
I'M GOING FOR A 
'LITTLE WALK.'" 




#bu AND WALTER ALTERNATE DIVING AND ON THE ELEVENTH AND 
FINAL NIGHT, BY CAREFUL ARRANGEMENT, WALTER MAKES THE 
LAST TRIP... 



OKAY, BOY,THIS 15 IT .' I'M AT 
THE SHIP AND GETTING ALL 
>F THE 



YOU'VE GOT THE KNIFE IN YOUR HAND NOW AND 
WITH A GRIM SATISFACTION , YOU BRING THE 
RAZOR- SHARP BLADE SLASHING DOWN ON 
THE AIR-LINE CONNECTING WITH WALTER'S SUIT... 




Or DOESNT TAKE LONG FOR A MAN TO SUFFOCATE AND WALTER'S 
CRIES BECOME WEAKER AND WEAKER... 



H-HAROLD (.CHOKE) 
P-PLEASE ...PLEASE 
...FOR CCHOKE) 
EUIE'5 SAKE... 



THAT'S JUST WHV I'M DOING IT, BOY ... 
FOR ELLIE .' SHE'S GOING TO BE 
MINE AGAIN. WALT.. .JUST LIKE SHE 
SHOULO HAVE BEEN ! HAPPY 
LANDINGS • SUCKER i 




Z^ND WHEN WALTER'S LAST MOANS ECHO 
ACROSS THE DARK WATERS YOU HAUL UP THE 
DANGLING END OF HIS LINE AND THE JOB IS 
ENDED.' WALTER IS PEAD...ANP YOU'RE RICHER 
gy AT LEAST A MILLION DOLLARS.' 



I IMAGINE ELLIE WON'T HAVE TOO HARD 
A TIME FORGETTING WALT WITH A PEW 
OF THESE LITTLE THINGS PANGUNG 
AROUND HER NECK ( 




r'S FIVE YEARS LATER NOW AND EVERYTHING HAS GONE 
EXACTLY AS YOU PLANNED, HASNT IT. HAROLD ? AFTER AN 
INTENSIVE SEARCH , WALTER'S "DISAPPEARANCE" WAS 
LISTED AS "OFFICIALLY DEAD" AND EU.IE MARRIED YOU... 



■■S, THINGS HAVE GONE SMOOTHLY. YOU OPENED A LARGE 
SALVAGE BUSINESS AND, EVEN THOUGH YOU DONT NEED 
THEMONEY.THE BUSINESS HAS DONE WELL... 




tku AND ELLIS HAVE A TWENTY ROOM 
HOUSE IN THE CITY AND A TEN ROOM 
'COTTAGE" AT THE BEACH WHERE YOU 
SPENT YOUR SUMMERS. ..WHO CAN 
DENY THAT YOU'VE GOTTEN AWAY WlTH 
MURDER, HAROLD? 



FIVE YEARS AGO TON IGHT I KILLED 
HIM .' HAHA. 1 YOU MIGHT SAY IT WAS 
MY ANNIVERSARY I WASN'T THREE 
MILES FROM HERE EITHER, OVER 
BY. THE OLD PIERSON DOCKS.' 



3U SMILE AT THE THOUGHT OF 
WALTER'5 FUTILE SCREAMS AND PRE- 
PARE TO TAKE YOUR EVENING DIP.' 
THAT WAS A LONG TIME AGO, EH. 
HAROLD ? WHY WASTE TIME THINKING 
ABOUT IT... 



%U UKE SWIMMING, HAROLD, AND 
WITH LONG HARD STROKES YOU CUT 
ACROSS THE CHOPPY BAY . . . 



NOTHING LIKE A GOOD SWIM 
BEFORE DINNER! 



HAROLD, HONEY, DON'T STAY IN TOO 
LONG .' YOU KNOW HOW BAD THE 
UNDERTOW IS AT THIS TIME _- 
OF PAY .' s- ~% 

^""DON'T WORRY, ELUE '. 

■ I'M AN OLD DIVER... I 





&N0 WHEN YOU BEGIN TO TIRE A LITTLE 

YOU FLOAT ON YOUR SACK, CONTENT 
TO FEEL THE AIR AND WATER LAPPING 
AGAINST YOUR BODY... BUT, WAIT A 
MINUTE, WHAT'S THAT GRASSES HOLD 
OF YOU , HAROLD ? 



fbu'RE BEING PULLED DOWN INTO 
THE WATER AND WRAPPED AROUND 
YOUR STOMACH UKE A STEEL VISE 
ARE THE HANDS AND ARMS OF... 




Birr you cant talk now, harold 

...YOU'RE UNDERWATER, STRUGGLING 
FOR YOUR LIFE , STRUGGLING 
AGAINST A CORPSE... 



ybU'RE BEING WRENCHED DOWNWARD... DOWNWARD, AND THE 
PRESSURE Of YOUR LUNGS GROWS MORE INTENSIVE .' YOU 
CANT BREATHS, YOU'RE CHOKING, AND LAUGHING IN YOUR FACE 
IS WALTER .' 



fALTER'S SEEN WAITING FOR YOU.HASNT HE. 
HAROLD ? WAITING FOR REVENGE... THE FLESH 
HANGS FROM HIS ROTTED CORPSE AND HIS HANDS, 
CLUTCHING YOUR THROAT ARE THICK WITH GREEN 
SLIME... 




JOU'RE GROWING WEAKER AND WEAKER...THE 
STRUGGLE IS ALMOST OVER, HAROLD... 
EVERYTHING IS ALMOST OVER...YOU'R£ 

DYING... 



&ND NOW YOU'RE DEAD. ..AS THE WATER FILLS YOUR LUNG5 AND 

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