While Doris just stands in the boat The horror's cold hands squeeze your throat The dead should stay down Instead, you will drown It's morbid, but that's all she wrote. Another great Tomb of Terror cover by Lee Elias from 1954.
Skin starts to turn red and corrode
And parts of the head soon explode
It's horror, and...YIKES!
This gore's sold to tykes!
Such art surely led to the Code.
Tomb of Terror #15, 1952. Lee Elias, artist. After horror comic books became the target of Senate hearings on juvenile deliquency and the publication of psychiatrist Fredric Wertham's book Seduction of the Innocent, the comic book industry created the self-imposed Comics Code Authority, which censored and proscribed the content of comic books. Code-approved comics carried the CCA seal on their cover.
Her porcelain beauty's quite smashing
But warning! Red lights should be flashing
Her love, unrestrained
With blood is soon stained
Ignore her and--wait--what's that splashing? Cornel Wilde and Gene Tierney in John M. Stahl's masterpiece, Leave Her to Heaven (1945).