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Terror Is One Hell of a Rug in Tales From the Tomb

Welcome to 31 Days of Horror Comics, where I will spotlight some of the best horror comics around, as chosen by a bunch of my favorite horror comic writers and artists around!

Today's creator is Michael Uslan, who is best known for his work as an executive producer on basically every Batman movie and television show since Uslan brought Batman back to the silver screen in 1989. However, before his success in Hollywood, Uslan wrote a number of comic books for DC, including a few horror comics for DC's horror anthologies, like the title story in this issue of House of Mystery...

and, of course, one of the greatest horror comic tales of all-time, "Hopping Down the Bunny Trail"...

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It's one of the most twisted comic books that you'll ever see get a Comics Code approval on it.

Michael suggested a number of awesome EC Comics stories that I'd love to feature, but he mentioned that the first horror comic book that really had an impact on him as a kid was a 1962 Dell one-shot called Tales from the Tomb...

It's a bit more off the beaten path than the EC Comics stories that Michael suggested (stories that he explained "massively contributed to my totally committed sick state of mind it cost me to write the immortal, “Hopping Down the Bunny Trail!”), but I like its relative obscurity. It's likely written by the great John Stanley and it was drawn by the great Frank Robbins. It's called "Mr. Green Needs to Be Fed."

It opens with a man forced to get a room at a boarding house...

Things seem to be going well until his "sweet" sponsor drops a rug off in his room...

Later that night...

Things get even crazier after this. What I love about it is that the story has a particularly twisted ending where the boarding house lady totally gets away with it.

Michael noted that the impact of the comic book upon him as a child was that, " From that moment on, I was afraid to step on a rug. "

Thanks for the suggestion, Michael!

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