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“Adventures Into Darkness” – Animated Short
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30 second imaginary commercial spot, created out of the “Adventures Into Darkness” #8 cover elements from Feb 1953.

The “Grave Keeper” interior background was isolated and extended, and the four characters were extracted, separated into discrete elements, and then rigged for movement.

Original cover art by Rocco “Rocke” Mastroserio.

“From Standard Comics. Look for the Standard banner when you buy a comic magazine! It is your guarantee of wholesome reading.”

Announcer: Giovanni Dominice

Above: Original Cover Art by Rocco “Rocke” Mastroserio

Via WikiSource: Adventures Into Darkness is a Golden Age comics series that ran for 10 issues from August 1952-1954. The series was published by Nedor Comics. Nedor Comics was the comic book line of publisher Ned Pines, who also published pulp magazines under a variety of company names (primarily Standard, Better and Thrilling) that he also used for the comics. In business from 1939 to 1956, Nedor was a prolific publisher during the Golden Age of comic books. Its best-known character is The Black Terror. In June of 1949, all comics were moved to the “Standard Comics” line, with a “Standard Comics” flag-like cover logo (all titles previously had no publisher logo, which was the norm at the time). In 1956, Standard ended and only two were continued by Pines Comics. What connection this new company had with Ned Pines and his company is unclear.

These comics are in the public domain and various publishers and creators have used them since.

Ghouls: Exploded View
Above Top Left: Miscellaneous interior pages from “Adventures Into Darkness” #8, Feb 1953

Above Top Right: Extracted Interior Art

Above Bottom: Ghoul Characters Exploded View

Miscellaneous interior pages from “Adventures Into Darkness” #8
As evocative (and curiously specific — “Ashes of Thomas Braun” sure sounds personal) as the cover art is, there is no story in this or any other Adventures Into Darkness issue with which it lines up.

Extracted Interior Art
A character-free sample of the Grave Keeper interior.

Ghoul Characters Exploded View
In-progress view of the separated Ghoul characters, in preparation for their rigging in After Effects.

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