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Quote1 The amulet – it has power to control him! While he wears it, he is yours to command. Providing, of course that you carry the matching talisman. Quote2
--Anonymous Voodoo cultists

Appearing in "Altar of the Damned"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of the Zombie #1.

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Synopsis for "Altar of the Damned"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of the Zombie #1.

Deep in the bayous of Louisiana, a Voodoo cult performs a macabre ceremony. A man named Simon Garth is strapped to a slab of rock. Attending the ceremony are a group of naked dancers and an obese gardener named Gyps. The mambo (priestess) prostrates herself before Simon's body holding a knife. She drives the knife down, but rather than stabbing him with it, she actually cuts the ropes binding him to the rock. She shouts for him to "Go" before the others take notice of what she has done. Gyps and the other practitioners do indeed notice their mambo's betrayal and give chase. As Simon races through the swamps, his thoughts cast back to recent events.

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Before becoming a victim of the occult, Simon Garth was the senior partner of Garwood Industries, the South's leading coffee distributor. While leaving his lavish estate one morning, he found his gardener, Gyps, complaining about his duties. Garth admonished the surly man, and warned him to shape up. Garth's twenty-three year old daughter, Donna, raced out of the house to ask her father something, but he had already left. Stopping before Gyps, she noticed that the man was carrying a piece of root. Gyps told her that it was called "Johnny-The-Conqueror" root and it was a piece of Voodoo gris-gris. He kept it as a charm because he felt it might bring him good luck.
At Garwood Industries, Simon Garth presided over a board meeting. Arguing with his partner, Brian Stockwood, he demanded that the company should increase production. Stockwood tried to reason with Simon's irrational behavior, but Garth grew even more violent, grabbing Stockwood by the neck, calling him a "joke".
Back at the mansion, Donna decided to go skinny-dipping in the pool. Gyps took notice of this and approached her. Shocked, Donna spun around, having no idea that Gyps was watching her. Before Gyps could press his amorous advances even further, Simon showed up and began punching the gardener in the face. He fired him and swore that if he ever saw him again, he would kill him.
That evening, an inebriated Gyps returned to the Garth estate for revenge. He smashed an empty whisky bottle across the back of his head, and tied him up. He brought him out to the Voodoo camp deep in the swamp and offered him to the practitioners as a human sacrifice.
What neither Garth nor Gyps knew however, was that the Voodoo mambo was actually Layla, Simon Garth’s office secretary. She was secretly in love with him, and could not bring herself to take his life, so she set him free.

Back in the present, Simon continues to run for his life. Gyps manages to circle around the swamp and catch up to him. He plunges a sacrificial dagger into his chest, killing him, and brings his body back to the camp. He digs a shallow grave, and dumps Simon's body inside. Gyps is still angry however, as he does not feel that Simon had suffered enough before dying. He grabs Layla, and while holding a knife to her throat, forces her to conduct a ritual that will raise Simon Garth from the dead.

The ritual works, and Garth rises from his own grave as an undead zombie. Almost immediately, he begins attacking everyone within his vicinity. One of the Voodoo cultists slips an amulet around the zombie's neck, and the creature stops moving. He hands a second amulet to Gyps and explains that so long as he possesses the Amulet of Damballah (providing that the Zombie continues to wear its companion piece), he will have total control over him. Gyps orders the Zombie to go into the swamp until he is ready to summon him.

Appearing in "Zombie!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Menace #5.

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Synopsis for "Zombie!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Menace #5.

Simon Garth, the Zombie, wanders through the swamps of Louisiana, until it is time to answer the call of his master, Gyps. Gyps is the former gardener to the Zombie's human alias, Simon Garth. In possession of the Amulets of Damballah, Gyps orders the Zombie to go into town to get him money.

The Zombie wanders into the French Quarter of New Orleans, but the revelers take little notice of him. Those who do react, merely think that he is simply another partier wearing an elaborate costume. The zombie attacks a pedestrian, but a policeman takes notice and gives chase.

The Zombie returns to Gyps' cottage, but the surly gardener is enraged to see that he came back empty handed. He then orders the zombie to attack a young woman at the main house. Gyps plans on staging her rescue from the zombie in order to gain her affection.

The Zombie breaks into the woman's room, but feels an uncontrollable urge to turn away. A part of Simon Garth's humanity recalls this woman as his own daughter, and he is incapable of killing her. The Zombie returns to the garden shed and strangles Gyps. He then wanders back to his own shallow grave and lies down.

Appearing in 3rd story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of the Zombie #1.



Synopsis for 3rd story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of the Zombie #1.



Appearing in "Twin Burial"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of the Zombie #2.



Synopsis for "Twin Burial"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of the Zombie #2.

When Della's twin sister Senta choked to death on a bone from a meal meant for her, she is mortified in spite of the comforts of her man Geoffrey. After her guests leave she finds trouble sleeping and takes some sleeping pills. When the morticians come to take her sisters body away, they mistake Della for Senta and put her in the coffin and bury her in the cemetary. She wakes to find that she has been burried alive and begins to panic, however she realizes that one of the morticians lost a screw driver, giving her a faint hope that she can get herself out of the coffin.

Meanwhile, Geoffrey returns to Della's home and is horrified to find that Della was taken away and that her dead sister was left behind. Rushing to the cemetary he arrives just to see some grave robbers who had uncovered Della's grave and are horrified to find the still living Della springing out of the coffin begging for help, causing them to flee the scene.

After everything is straightened out, Della returns home and tries to sleep again, however when she awakens she is horrified to find that she has been burried in the coffin once more!

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Appearing in "Warrior's Burden"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of the Zombie #3.

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  • Akima
  • Akima's father (Only in flashback)

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Synopsis for "Warrior's Burden"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of the Zombie #3.

Gilgamesh is an eternal zombie warrior, summoned from the land of the dead by Akima's father. In order to free Akima, Gilgamesh slays a Demon, and then allows it's giant body to crush him so that he can return to his death-rest. As the Demon's body changes back into that of the girl, Akima is freed from the curse, and her spirit is allowed to move on.

Appearing in "Jilimbi's Word"

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Tales of the Zombie #3.

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  • Lucy

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Synopsis for "Jilimbi's Word"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of the Zombie #3.

In revenge for having his hut burned down and being horribly burned due to the machinations of a white plantation owner named Banning, Voodoo master Jilimbi resurrects an army of zombies to get revenge on Banning by attacking his home. Alone with his wife, Banning is the only one who can defend his plantation and lover from the zombie attack. While he succeeds in destroying the zombies, his wife is put into a state of shock and is in a catatonic state for the rest of her life.

When she eventually dies, Banning decides to go to Jilimbi to beg the voodoo priest to bring his wife back from the dead. Jilimbi tells Banning that if he would do so, she would be in the same state she was prior to her death, and that the only way Banning could possibly be reunited with his wife again would be through death. Giving Banning a pistol, the heart broken lover shoots himself in the head. Jilimbi gets his final jest by reviving Banning's wife just as he commits suicide.

Appearing in "Death's Bleak Birth"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of the Zombie #5.

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  • Maynard
  • Creach

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Synopsis for "Death's Bleak Birth"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of the Zombie #5.

Professor Cochrane has found a method that would be the source of wealth and power, and a couple of thugs want to get it so that they can exploit it to their own ends. When Cochrane refuses to divulge his secrets they try roughing him up but accidentally kill him in the process and flee the scene.

Realizing that Cochrane probably wrote his secret down, they break back into his home to try and find it, all they find is a folder labelled "Project: Afterlife" a document that holds the key to cheating death and gaining immortality. When Cochrane's wife walks in on them, they shoot her in cold blood, killing her instantly. Going to Cochrane's grave, they use the incantations in the Project: Afterlife folder to resurrect Cochrane so that they can finall learn their secrets.

The horribly decayed Cochrane mocks them, telling the two stupid thugs that Project: Afterlife was the secret that he was keeping from them, because people would pay anything to gain immortality. He then reveals to them that in order for the incantation to work, the person speaking it gives up their life force in order to resurrect the dead, and one of the thugs dies shortly after. The other one tries to shoot Cochrane to death, but to no effect and is killed by the vengeful scientist.

Returning to his home, he finds his wife dead, and Cochrane begins speaking the incantation, willing to forfeit his own immortality so that his wife can live again.

Appearing in "A Second Chance to Die"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of the Zombie #7.

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Synopsis for "A Second Chance to Die"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of the Zombie #7.

Brad Sloan is about to be hung for murder, when he notices a woman in the crowd. After he is hung and his body put in a coffin, he is shocked to find that the woman in the crowd has secreted him out and is taking him to her island where she lives a rich life, Brad is told that the island is surrounded by deadly dogfish and that her late husband was a practitioner of voodoo.

The next morning he learns that she is the wife of the man he had killed, and that she and her followers intend to hunt him and kill him on their island property. Fleeing them, Brad manages to make it to the water even though he's been hit with a few arrows. Hoping to swim back to the mainland, he completely forgets about the dog fish who begin to attack and eat his legs just as he enters the water.

Suddenly he finds himself back in the gallows, the whole experience was an illusion brought on by the woman, and that he is going to be hung anyway. As the trap door is about to release, Brad Sloan's last words are calling the woman who tricked him so a witch before he is hung to death.

Notes

  • "The Altar of the Damned!" was originally printed in Tales of the Zombie #1.
  • "Zombie!" was originally printed in Menace #5, and was reprinted in Tales of the Zombie #1.
  • "Night of the Walking Dead" was originally printed in Tales of the Zombie #1.
  • This issue also includes a story called "Black Birth" by Doug Moench and Frank Springer that originally appeared in Tales of the Zombie #5.
  • This issue also includes a story called "A Second Chance to Die" by Carl Wessler and Alfredo Alcala that originally appeared in Tales of the Zombie #7.
  • First (reprinted) appearance of the Zombie.
  • Brian Stockwood is referred to only as Stockwood in this issue.
  • First appearance of Sam Jagger.
  • First and the only appearance of Gene Griggs; dies in this issue.
  • First appearance of the Mambo, Layla.

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