Brain Bats of Venus

The Brain-Bats of Venus is a weird horror comic about two astronauts who crash-land on a strange planet. It appeared in Mr. Mystery #7 (1952) and the art is by Basil Wolverton.

Brain Bats of Venus

Two astronauts named Crenshaw and Bitner are flying over the planet Venus when their spaceship is hit by a stray meteor.

Brain Bats of Venus

They crash-land on the planet’s fungus-covered surface, but Bitner is killed on impact.

Brain Bats of Venus

When Crenshaw ventures outside to make repairs, he is attacked by weird-looking alien creatures… Brain-Bats!

Brain Bats of Venus

One of them tries to smother him in the folds of its clammy skin, but he manages to fight it off.

Brain Bats of Venus

Crenshaw runs back onto the ship and closes the door behind him. But when he turns around, he sees Bitner standing there. The corpse of his dead colleague has been taken over by a Brain-Bat.

Brain Bats of Venus

Bitner’s cold, dead lips move as the Brain-Bat speaks through him, revealing its dastardly plans.

Brain Bats of Venus

Bitner opens the airlock and Crenshaw watches in horror as the other Brain-Bats flap inside.

Brain Bats of Venus

He manages to beat them off and takes refuge in a storage closet.

Brain Bats of Venus

The Brain-Bats take control of the spaceship, blasting off and heading towards Earth.

Brain Bats of Venus

As the ship enters Earth’s atmosphere, Crenshaw comes up with a way to thwart the Brain-Bats’ plans. He uses his gun to blast away electrical cables that power the ship’s motor.

Brain Bats of Venus

The ship crash-lands on Earth’s surface. Crenshaw scrambles out of the wreckage and crawls as far away as possible.

Brain Bats of Venus

The ship bursts into flames and, to his horror, Crenshaw sees the ship’s door open. Bitner steps out, followed by the flapping Brain-Bats.

Brain Bats of Venus

Crenshaw takes aim and blasts the Brain-Bat on Bitner’s head. At that exact moment, the ship explodes.

Brain Bats of Venus

When his senses clear, Crenshaw somehow finds himself hoping that some of the Brain-Bats escaped the explosion. With his last free thought, the horrific realization jits him. He died in the blast and his body has been taken over by one of the Brain-Bats.

Brain Bats of Venus

Comments

  1. terror beauty says

    Creepy….I want to burn those brain bats down….disgusting things. Btw,if they’re good at math,you can capture and train a few of them and wear them when writing maths exams lol anyway 8.5 out of 10 brains.

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