The 1972 Gold Key Mystery Comics Digest #10 cover.
Let this be a lesson, kids; always wear a seat belt.
Weird! Eerie! Authentic! Authentic? Well, two out of three ain't too shabby. These Mystery Comics Digests, collecting previous (and some new) Gold Key material, hold a special place in my monster kid memories. Summer days spent absorbing them, drawing recreations of scenes inside, drinking a Nehi Peach soda, with no worries. As a 13 year old kid, there was nothing better.
Such a dense collection of stories was good for a few hours, and each one was a gem. Isn't it interesting how memories can make things like this, which are not really outstanding when looked at today, seem like a treasure? When I re-read them now, it's not with an eye toward how they hold up story-wise, but how it feels to see them again, like a childhood friend, and how it returns me to those carefree golden times.
Slightly smaller, but original artwork without the cover wear of the larger image. The kid is just as dead, though.
But with a cover like the one above, even someone that had never seen it can appreciate it. That's great artwork no matter when it came out. However, if I had been the driver of the yellow convertable, a big red truck with a scary skull floating over it would have been a warning sign.
One thing that the picture doesn't reveal is that the truck was carrying a load of peanut butter, and the guy in the car was eating chocolate. Unfortunately, there were no survivors to enjoy the discovery, so Reese's Cups had to wait til another, less fatal collision to be invented.
"Peek-a-boo!" Another cover that shows skulls are always lurking just below the surface, even in paintings. They are tricky devils, indeed.