STRANGE MYSTERIES No. 10 (March ’53); cover art unknown ⇒
also in this issue:
Inside front cover: For All Those Whose Hearts Are Young (b & w ad).
The Dimensional Knife; story & art: unknown; 6 pages.
Map of Death; story & art: unknown; 9 pages.
The Signor’s Circus; text story: John Martin; 2 pages.
[includes Statement of the Ownership]
Monsters of the Night; story & art: unknown; 8 pages.
Inside back cover: In All the Ways Acknowledge Him (b & w ad).
Back cover: The Best Love Story Books of all Time (ad).
STRANGE MYSTERIES was a horror anthology in the early ’50s, from William Zimmerman’s Superior Publications, based in Toronto.
Sources say that the Iger Studio packaged all the stories for Superior’s horror line.
For more background and other comics from Superior see WEIRD AND STRANGE.
The indicia for this issue appears on the inside front cover under an ad for Jolola Sales Ltd. [Note: Offer no longer valid, do not use the order coupon.]
other strange mysteries in this issue
[scroll down the page for the featured story: Mad Hate of Doctor Zart]
Not knowing anything about the knife, Cainer nevertheless knows that he should use it to kill his enemies.
It’s funny how Gerald seems to figure out everything based on very few facts.
He immediately understands what he ought to do with the knife and that it is a dimensional knife.
And when transported to the future, he instantly realizes that this is what must be the future.
Map of Death: Two brothers, Lester and Wilson Simms, at their uncle’s deathbed are urged to destroy a treasure map.
See how it all ends on the spoiler page.
The Signor’s Circus: Signor Alonso marries for wealth not love, in order to pay his gambling debts.
He then conspires to take over his wife’s circus of exotic beasts.
Needless to say there’s a strange twist ending.
Read all of The Signor’s Circus on the spoiler page.
Monsters of the Night: In the darkness, monsters invade the home of Martha Post and her father.
When Martha’s father is killed by the dark creatures, her boyfriend, Bill Clay, moves in with her in hopes of protecting her from the monsters.
Yet still the creatures return.
However, in the end, an expert on the supernatural, Dr. Sand, comes to the salvation of the charming, young couple.
This being the final yarn in the issue, its conclusion is in striking contrast to all of the other tales, offering an apparent happy ending for its protagonists. Which is just as disturbing in its own way.
Mad Hate of Doctor Zart
Though George treats her cruelly, Ellen still prefers him to her husband.