Lot 68 of 340:
The THING! #16 * 7.5 * Violent, Weird Stories  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$144
$150 - $250

The THING! No. 16




September, 1954


VF- (7.5). Flat, clean copy; a few small, light rubs; cover slightly misfolded (see diagonal white strip at spine). Relatively common in high grade due to a 1990s warehouse find. Art by Dick Ayres, Joe Shuster (as Bill Molno), Seymour Moskowitz. Good mag to have slabbed.

"This book transcends all considerations of good taste by far... one of the goriest pre-Code mags I've seen." -EC, MAD and Pre-Code HORROR Comics of the 1950s [Green Apple: 1997].

Strange ghouls frolic in graveyard, unconscious maiden in tow, nefarious purposes in their clouded minds. Sadistic plantation owner flogs wife's lover to death with whip, goes after her next: "Say your prayers, witch! I'm gonna slash the rotten hide right off your two-timing body!" Injury to eye panel. Man simmering in stewpot asks pal: "Th-this can't be! Cannibals never boil more than one human at a time! Human meat spoils too fast! Jonesy, tell us - what'd you show them how to do?" Cannibal: "He no talk - his tongue cut out. I tell you what he show us... He show us how to make canned meat, so it not spoil!" 

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