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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Witching Hour 9 - a Day After Doomsday tale, and sweeping a tomb

Witching Hour 9 (June/July 1970) has a Neal Adams cover, and is also the only issue of this book to contain a Day After Doomsday story, which was a series that appeared in a variety of DC books through the 70s.

Alex Toth's framing sequence picks up from the previous issue, as it contains a little girl who the Three Witches confronted, and who shows them a photograph of her and Egor, the monster who often comes to visit the Witches.

Dan Spiegle does the art on the Day After Doomsday story. These are always very short, and this one is less than two full pages. It begins as two soldiers from rival nations spot each other, and kill each other, despite neither of their nations really existing anymore. A third man wanders by the bodies afterwards, and wonders what they found worth killing each other over.

Jose Delbo does the art on the cover story, which is set in China, at some vague point in the past. The story centres on a man who is not respectful to his ancestors.

Apparently sweeping out tombs is really important, and the fact that the guy refuses to do this is considered a major flaw in his personality. He winds up getting sold a magic broom that will prevent the tomb from needing to be cleaned again, but the salesman is actually the ghost of his grandfather, and the broom is cursed.

There are a couple of twists along the way, always making things worse for the poor guy. Shame he lived in the days before vacuum cleaners.

Nothing at all gets resolved about Egor and the girl in the picture by the end of the issue. It sort of makes the framing sequence annoying, more than anything else.

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