When Radio was King…

Inner Sanctum…

The lights had to be out—complete darkness, ear pressed against the set. Raymond, with his insane laughter, would introduce the story, first bantering with the tea lady selling Lipton’s.

I backed away from the commercials, not wanting to break the spell that was already settling over me, of anticipation. Then back to mad Raymond. What was the story tonight—“The Horla”? Where a concert pianist hears and sees a grotesque monster in his own penthouse home? Or “Alive in the Grave”, a horror tale of a man possibly buried alive. Maybe “Death of a Doll” about a possessed child’s toy, perhaps possessing whoever touched it. Or, one of my favorites, “The Undead”, a man who wants to be a vampire!

Then, my own story—which would have been perfect for “Inner Sanctum” (I modestly believe)—“Mentalo”, about a magician who does…real magic.

This was the time of “Cat People”, the movie that relied on the power of suggestion, rather than in your face graphic monsters. Those lucky enough to have seen this little masterpiece will remember that the monster—in this case a woman who turns into a panther—is never actually seen doing so. But the chills are there—in your mind—as you fill in the deliberate spaces the director (Jacques Tourneur) has structured for your head.

 

Inner Sanctum filled my head with those suggestions and spaces. Comics, not often enough, accomplish the same suggestive stories and scenes—in spite of being a graphic medium—but I elected to draw the graphic images. We live in the most visually oriented society the world has ever known. From TV, to movies, to magazines, newspapers in full color, to mobile devices, no corner of the world or of human experience is excepted.

We watch—in real time—Quadaffi’s brutal death, surveillance cameras show a kidnapper in the act and horror series where nothing is left to the imagination.

Well…times when I miss my imagination. I don’t want every single space to be filled by someone else.

I hope I’ll be forgiven for filling in the spaces so skillfully left to us by programs like “Inner Sanctum”, “Suspense”, and…”Lights Out”.

Welcome Ernie Colon to our blog!

Following right after this, Ernie Colon’s first appearance on our blog, welcome, Ernie!

He joins our many artists blogging here from Rick Geary to Sean Michael Wilson.

Don’t miss on our Facebook page some interview questions he answered as well as a full story preview from his forthcoming Inner Sanctum, coming December which you can order now at your comics shop!

Good Evening, Friends of THE INNER SANCTUM!

This December, comic legend Ernie Colón makes his NBM Publishing debut with his graphic novel, Inner Sanctum: Tales of Mystery, Horror, & Suspense, inspired by the classic radio series, Inner Sanctum Mysteries.

Inner Sanctum Mysteries was created by radio producer Himan Brown and ran from 1941 through 1952, with a total of 526 broadcast episodes.

This anthology took it’s name from a popular series of mystery novels and according to the Radio Hall of Fame, “featured one of the most memorable and atmospheric openings in radio history: an organist hit a dissonant chord, a doorknob turned and the famous “creaking door” slowly began to open.”

The first four years of the series opened with Raymond Edward Johnson introducing himself as, “Your host, Raymond,” delivered morbid jokes and playful puns over a spooky, melodramatic score.

 

The Inner Sanctum Mysteries specialized in stories revolving around ghosts, lunatics and murderers.

Among the memorable guest stars who appeared throughout the series included such stars as Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Claude Rains, Mary Astor, Helen Hayes, Frank Sinatra, Orson Welles, Richard Widmark, Burgess Meredith, and Agnes Moorehead.

Radio Horror Hosts reveals even more about Himan Brown’s methodology,  “I use sound unashamedly,” Brown told The New York Times in 1948. “In a program like Inner Sanctum, where mood is of the essence, I believe in a minimum of writing. The sound really gives the picture. So let the sound carry it.” Brown then gave an example of the type of story telling that Inner Sanctum delivered without words. “A car pulls up. Car door opens. Footsteps on gravel, with background of wind and owl sounds. Footsteps stop. Clank of handle of iron door (obviously of mausoleum). Door opens. Footsteps resume, this time on stone, and outdoor effects of wind and owl fade out. Door clanks shut. Then the actor can scream out in terror.”

Starting tomorrow, we’ll be posting one page a day of the story, “Death of a Doll” on our Facebook page.  In addition, you’ll also find a recent interview that we conducted with Ernie.

As for today, check out the original broadcast of “Death of a Doll” from October 18, 1948 as it originally was broadcast on Inner Sanctum Mysteries starring Mason Adams and Ted Osborne.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO DEATH OF A DOLL

NBM in December: Ernie Colon’s INNER SANCTUM

Coming this December and being solicited for at your comics shop now:

INNER SANCTUM
Tales of Mystery, Horror and Suspense
Ernie Colón
A revered veteran of comics brings to comics life tales based on one of the most fondly remembered mystery and horror radio shows in history. In striking black & white as only Colón is well known for, we are swept into chilling mysteries including:
The Horla: A man is haunted by a mysterious, grotesque being only he can see… It seeks to enslave him, but in the end reveals its true intent–to destroy him.
Death of a Doll: An unidentified corpse in the morgue intrigues a reporter, who sets out to identify her and how she died. On her was a doll which cries “Kara Nana”, another name for the devil.
The Undead: A young woman discovers an obituary for her living husband.
Alive in the Grave: Seeing a man collapse in an alley, our hero rushes to help only to find that the man is dead. Jobless and desperate, he takes the man’s wallet, only to find out later he may not have been dead! He rushes back only to find that the man has been removed and buried…perhaps alive.
6×9, 112pp, B&W jacketed hardcover, $16.99 ISBN 978-1-56163-614-3

see the previews. Believe us when we say, this is Ernie’s pet project and he has gone all out!

From Eurotica, the next issue of Sizzle magazine:

 

SIZZLE #52
Cornnell Clarke’s Peanut Butter series starts its 6th chapter right up. Kevin Taylor provides raunchy pin-ups including an amazing pull out poster in the middle. We introduce the new sex soaked action-packed detective sereis District 69 and more Barbarian Chicks.
8 1/2 x 11, full color magazine, $5.95

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FROM PAPERCUTZ:

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #15 “The Call of the Wild”
By Jack London
Adapted by Charles Dixon and Ricardo Villagran
The story of Buck, the fiercely loyal and powerful dog of the Yukon, has been author Jack London’s most popular novel since it was first published in 1903. Celebrated comics writer Charles Dixon teams with artist Ricardo Villagran in this adaptation of London’s novel, which School Library Journal described as “handsome to look at, inviting to read, and a boon to anyone charged with introducing today’s youth to classic works.”
6½ x 9, 56pp., full-color hardcover: $9.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-291-5

And while this isn’t new, it’s being offered through comics stores for the first time:


GERONIMO STILTON:
#1-3 Boxed Set

Collecting THREE Geronimo Stilton best-seller hardcover graphic novels with over 150 pages of full-color comics! This Geronimo set takes fans from the voyage of Christopher Columbus, to Ancient Egypt, and the Coliseum in Rome! A great collection for the Holidays!
6 1/2 x 9, 168 pages, full-color, $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-59707-231-1

see more at Papercutz.com

NY Comic-Con, meet us in booth 1831

NBM will be at the New York Comic Con Oct. 13-16 at the Javitts Center in booth 1831.

We’ll have our latest books, premiering the lovely BUBBLES & GONDOLA.

AND we’ll have ERNIE COLON appearing Friday and Saturday in support of his upcoming INNER SANCTUM. He’ll be signing a preview book made just for the show (only $1!) as well as sketches he made in preparation of the book for all those buying at least 3 books from our assortment.

Here’s when he’ll be appearing:

Friday from 1 to 2:30 and 4 to 5:30PM, and Saturday from 10:30AM to 12:00PM, 2:30PM to 4PM.

We’ll have copies of the manga bestseller Stargazing Dog, the nutty Kinky & Cosy, Geary’s Sacco & Vanzetti, the wondrous Sky Over the Louvre. Also the Dungeon series and other goodies to lick your chops over!

We’ll be sharing the booth with our sister act (as it were) Papercutz who’ll have Stefan Petrucha and Rick Parker appearing, all the latest Smurfs, Geronimo Stilton, Garfield AND THE PREMIER OF NINJAGO COMICS, the sensation from Lego…

See us at Booth 1831…

NBM at NY Comic Con: Ernie Colon is signing

NBM will be at the New York Comic Con Oct. 13-16 at the Javitts Center in booth 1831.

We’ll have our latest books, premiering the lovely BUBBLES & GONDOLA.

AND we’ll have ERNIE COLON appearing Friday and Saturday in support of his upcoming INNER SANCTUM. He’ll be signing a preview book made just for the show (only $1!) as well as sketches he made in preparation of the book for all those buying at least 3 books from our assortment.

Here’s when he’ll be appearing:

Friday from 1 to 2:30 and 4 to 5:30PM, and Saturday from 10:30AM to 12:00PM, 2:30PM to 4PM.

We’ll have copies of the manga bestseller Stargazing Dog, the nutty Kinky & Cosy, Geary’s Sacco & Vanzetti, the wondrous Sky Over the Louvre. Also the Dungeon series and other goodies to lick your chops over!

We’ll be sharing the booth with our sister act (as it were) Papercutz who’ll have Stefan Petrucha and Rick Parker appearing, all the latest Smurfs, Geronimo Stilton, Garfield and much dirt on the smash launch of NINJAGO (books won’t be for sale yet though!).

See us at Booth 1831…

NBM in San Diego: a bunch of premieres!

NBM has a number of show premieres at the San Diego Comicon this year:

  • First is Rick Geary’s The Lives of Sacco & Vanzetti, the latest in his Treasury of XXth Century Murder. Besides Geary signing the regular clothbound edition, there will also be an edition limited to only 25 copies and available only directly from NBM of which some copies will be available at this show. Geary is a nominee for an Eisner this year for his last Treasury tome: The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans.

  • Kinky & Cosy, an outrageous collection of gags in a very striking hardcover with google eyes will be unveiled for the very first time, flown in from the printer! We’ve been featuring many strips of this highly subversive duo of 8 year old twins.

  • A little paperback preview of Ernie Colon’s next exciting project, The Inner Sanctum, will be made available for a mere $1 as well as a show exclusive -identified as such- 25 copies signed and numbered by him for $5. The graphic novel, out by December, features adaptations of the old famous horror and mystery NBC radio show.

  • Also, the very first few copies of the all-new 4th volume of Lewis Trondheim’s highly acclaimed Little Nothings will be available for sale. We’ve only a few copies to bring, sure to go fast!

Appearing at the booth besides Geary will be  controversial cartoonist Ted Rall.

BEA report: 2 NBM GN’s make hot list

The Book Expo America was quite a success, well attended and busy. It was actually quite amazing how many comics publishers were absent from DC to Fantagraphics and frankly they missed out! One goes into this event rather skeptically in these changing times but it’s amazing its buoyancy and the energy this year was palpable.

We were sharing our booth with sister co. Papercutz and had a rotation of artists appearing: Ernie Colon premiered his beautiful INNER SANCTUM adaptations a book pubbing in February. He’s pictured above with Papercutz’ Editor-in-Chief Jim Salicrup. On Papercutz’ side we had Stefan Petrucha and Rick Parker promoting their Slices parodies and Nancy Drew.

We ran out of books to sign and catalogs, a good sign.

We also were happy to see two of our books make the GN Buzz panel’s recommended list for Fall: The Sky Over the Louvre and Geary’s soon to come Sacco & Vanzetti.

More photos:

Library Journal reviewer Martha Cornog in front, Papercutz Slices artist Rick Parker behind her with writer Stefan Petrucha on far left.
Stefan Petrucha chatting with a group of librarians and booksellers

BEA: Ernie Colon signs advances of Inner Sanctum

For the book professionals among you attending the annual Book Expo America this week:

Our main feature will be the appearance Tuesday and Wednesday of Ernie COLON who will be premiering his adaptations of stories from the classic radio show INNER SANCTUM.

He will be signing a special collector’s preview we’ve printed up specially for the occasion with one of the 4 tales of mystery, horror and suspense the book will feature.

Ernie Colon is a veteran of comics having drawn everything from Conan to Casper the Friendly Ghost. He is noted of late mostly for his and Sid Jacobson’s adaptation of The 9/11 Commission Report as well as biographies of Anne Frank and Che Guevarra, all from Farrar, Strauss, Giroux.

At NBM booth 3139, there will also be previews of the best-selling moving manga “Star Gazing Dog” by Takashi Murakami which has sold over 400,000 in Japan and has a movie adaptation coming out there this summer. This will mark the first time NBM publishes a manga, although it has published some literary Korean manhwa (see here and here).

Other goodies to expect from NBM this fall: a new Salvatore, Little Nothings as featured on this blog regularly and a delightful poetic fairy tale for all ages discovery “Bubbles & Gondola”. All can be seen at the booth this week.

With BEA, NBM inaugurates its distribution deal with IPG.