Sunday, April 4, 2010

Garo Feature #9

For the Mar., 1967, issue, I'm highlighting three short stories: Tsuge's "All-Night Wake", Shouhei Kusunoki's "Armor" and Shigeru Mizuki's "Betobeto-san".    Click on the image to go to the media fire album.




By Yoshiharu Tsuge (つげ義春), 10 pages.  Three delinquents out walking in the countryside demand to be allowed to stay in a house overnight.  The owner says "no", adding that her son has just passed away and she's holding a wake for him for the night.  His ghost will be really scary.  The three push their way inside and end up being put in the son's room.  They play with the corpse during the night, and finally the next day head out back on the road again, complaining that the woman lied - it wasn't scary at all.




Next we have a short 9-page story from Shouhei Kusunoki (楠勝平).  A samurai out fighting enemy troops sees an old man sitting and listening in a field.  Later, the samurai decides that he needs his armor repaired and goes to find a good armorer.  The place he settles on is owned by the old man, who says that he can hear the sounds coming from the armor.  In the next battle, the samurai discovers that he, too, can hear the cries of the armor.  So much so in fact that it drives him and his horse crazy.




A low-level yakuza is sent out to investigate a haunted house owned by his boss.  Another underling hasn't come back from the house yet.  The guy goes up into the hills, finds the house, and sees his friend's shoes at the door.  A zombie rushes into the room and he shoots it.  As the corpse collapses, it explains that he's really the missing yakuza, and that the monster -
betobeto-san -  is a centuries-old fungus that survives by switching hosts.  The yakuza looks down at the fungus growing on his hands (from when he opened the door) and falls over.

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