This comic was a complete surprise to me, and not at all on my initial list of comic books to review. I found it by complete surprise, when I was looking for creative commons images to use on my initial blog post introducing the comic book review series I was about to write.
Adventures Into Darkness #10 was originally published in June 1953, and rather than being one complete story, is an anthology book featuring about 9 different stories in the horror-suspense genre.
The cover story, The Man Who Could Not Die, is the longest of the bunch and is front and centre in the book as the first story. The cover actually depicts a different story – The Man Who Could Not Die is a story about a 5000-year-old man hiring a hitman to kill himself – because he is unable to die due to a pact made with Death.
I got a really good kick out of this book. The writing is clever, if not a bit predictable (it hits on a lot of tropes that have been done to death – excuse the pun – at this point, but would have been fresh in 1953).
Most of the stories in the book are short, the shortest lasting one page at the end of the book. Definitely worth checking out for a quick read; I think I may have a look at the rest of the stories in this particular collection!