Hallowe’en Countdown IV, Day 16

« Then — when O’Flaherty turned on the light,
his blood crystallized!

This is Unknown World no. 1 (June 1952, Fawcett); cover painted by the rightly fabled Norman Saunders.

Its classic cover aside, this Fawcett one-shot is barely worth reading, save for the utterly bizarre Footprints on the Ceiling.


The gangsters O’Flaherty and Flitcher train a revived dead dog to be a trick dog on stage. But they have to fight off hordes of skeletal zombies coming after them to bring the dog where it belongs – in the province of the dead.

Judge for yourself — read it here: http://comicbookplus.com/?dlid=16289

Who came up with that scenario? (it’s not merely a rhetorical question: no one seems to officially know). Might its loopiness have in some small way inspired Bob Burden’s gonzo Flaming Carrot epic The Dead Dog Leaped Up and Flew Around the Room? It’s not such a stretch, given that Burden is no stranger to Golden Age comics, having been a-dealing in such goods, with a marked (and healthy) predilection for the oddball. Obviously.

Diving right into the splashy fray, here’s the immortal tale’s opening, from Flaming Carrot Comics no. 12 (May 1986, Renegade Press).
And here’s a bonus one from Mr. Saunders which, thanks to its decidedly muted palette, looks more like a pulp cover than a comic book. This is Strange Stories From Another World no. 4 (Dec. 1952, Fawcett), and you can read it here!

And after all these dead dogs, what do you say we enjoy the sight of a curious and healthy live one?

Meet Lucky, photographed by Alicja Zmysłowska.


2 thoughts on “Hallowe’en Countdown IV, Day 16

    • gasp65 October 17, 2020 / 18:50

      Oh, he’s such a soulful one! If you click on Alicja’s name, you’ll arrive at a gallery of further portraits of doggies cavorting amidst pumpkins.

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