The Monster Factory

Published
1976
Page count
68
Cover price
0.50 AUD
Colour
Black & white
Size
Magazine size (125mm x 275mm)
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic
Branding
None
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/528761

Credits

Editing
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Show/hide Cover Adventures of Peter Hypnos (Peter Hypnos) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Peter Hypnos
Genre
Fantasy-supernatural

Credits

Art
Phil Belbin , painter
Text
, typeset

Reprint history

 
First published in this issue

Notes

This cover is based on images from 'The Final Hole' (Peter in the tube), 'Through the Door of the Silver Key' (the catapillar composed of many beings) and 'The Monster Factory' (the juggling man with three faces and ten hands).

Show/hide 1. The Monster Factory (Peter Hypnos) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Peter Hypnos
Genre
Fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Peter Hypnos; Willy Blakeney; Peter's mother

Credits

Writing
José Beá, scripter [signed as Jose Bea Font]
 
, translater
Art
José Beá, line art [signed as Jose Bea Font]
Text
, letterer
Editing
Selecciones Ilustradas , editor (at Selecciones Ilustradas)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Eerie (Warren, 1966 series) #72 (February 1976)
The Incredible People-Making Machines
Also printed
Spain
Spirit (Garbo, 1975 series) #2 ([June 1975?])
La fábrica de monstruos
 
Australia
Eerie (KG Murray, 1974 series) #16 ([August 1976?])
The Incredible People-Making Machines
 
Spain
Rambla Extra (Distrinovel, 1983 series) (May June 1984) —Extra 1er Aniversario
Monstruos
 
Spain
Peter Hipnos (Intermagen, 1985) #4 (1985)
Monstruos

Synopsis

On his way to school, a strange melody draws Peter to a factory that modifies humans. He meets Willy, a school friend who is enjoying having an enormous head. Willy takes Peter to the "ridicoulous-people-making factory", where he sees a man turned into a giant and others given animal heads, painlessly and for free. Peter refuses to undergo the process and flees by jumping off a roof. An enormous parachute opens from his satchel and he returns home safely, where his mother tells him to stop fantasising and wandering the streets.

Notes

"© S.I. Artists". The signature on this story is dated 1974. This translation is a distinctly different to the Warren printing, with some changes to the artwork, especially the visual depiction of musical notes that flows across a number of panels. This version is similar to the later Spanish printings, supporting a Spanish rather than a US source. Peter is called Tony at one point in the story. The spelling is British/Australian, not US (eg, 'fantasising'). The Warren version was also published in Australia by KG Murray around the same time.

Show/hide 2. Games around Reality (Peter Hypnos) Comic story, 11 pages

Featuring

Feature
Peter Hypnos
Genre
Fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Peter Hypnos; worm; captain; Jens; scientist; Peter's mother

Credits

Writing
José Beá, scripter [signed as Beà Font]
 
, translater
Art
José Beá, line art [signed as Beà Font]
Text
, letterer
Editing
Selecciones Ilustradas , editor (at Selecciones Ilustradas)

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First published in this issue

Synopsis

Peter sits on a chair and shrinks into a hole in its seat. A woodworm tells him to escape on a river, which grows to an ocean, where Peter is taken on a pirate ship. It's a school for degenerate men that removes refinement from its pupils, so Peter's thrown off for being polite. He is rescued by a scientist in a submarine who talks of the universe exploding and ominously presses a button. The leg of Peter's chair explodes and he wonders if our universe is an atom in giant chair. His mother won't listen to the story and tells him he's been suspended from school.

Notes

"© S.I. Artists". The signature on this story is dated 1976. Despite its Spanish origin, this is currently the only known printing of this story.

Show/hide 3. Through the Door of the Silver Key (Peter Hypnos) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Peter Hypnos
Genre
Fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Peter Hypnos; 'strange rabbit'; painter; plant boy; tortoise; giant snail; H.P. Lovecraft; Peter's mother

Credits

Writing
José Beá, scripter [signed as José Mª Beá]
 
, translater
Art
José Beá, line art [signed as José Mª Beá]
Text
, letterer
Editing
Selecciones Ilustradas , editor (at Selecciones Ilustradas)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Eerie (Warren, 1966 series) #76 (August 1976)
The Silver Key
Also printed
Spain
Vampus (Garbo, 1875 series) #61 (September 1976)
La llave de plata
 
Australia
Eerie (KG Murray, 1974 series) #24 ([January 1978?])
The Silver Key
 
Spain
Rambla (García y Beá, 1982 series) #18 (May 1984)
La llave de plata
 
Spain
Peter Hipnos (Intermagen, 1985) #4 (1985)
La llave de plata

Synopsis

Wandering into a village, an artist pushes Peter into a painting when he disputes it's possible. He gets a silver key to return to reality, but a tentacle grabs it. With 2,828,336 people after the key, Peter searches with a boy who will become a plant unless he returns to reality. They ride a giant snail and a mechanical balloon to find a mountain of keys at the House of the Silver Key. The plant boy gives up and leaves with a big worm composed of many beings. H.P. Lovecraft urges Peter to try and his willingness discloses that all keys work. At home, his mother tells him to do his homework.

Notes

"© S.I. Artists". The signature on this story is dated 1974. The translation of this story is significantly different to the version in Eerie #76, which introduces new elements to the story such as Peter's attempt to get to school on time, his trial within the painting leading to the key being confiscated, explicit references to Alice in Wonderland, and the moral about procrastination (rather than confidence). Peter's companion is called Charlie in the Warren translation and the character called H.P. Lovecraft is the guardian of confiscated keys. 'Silver Key' is the name of a 1926 Lovecraft short story. A page has been removed from the Warren version (page 6 of this printing), with other minor changes to the artwork.

Show/hide 4. The Final Hole (Peter Hypnos) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Peter Hypnos
Genre
Fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Peter Hypnos; Athos; drunkard giant; factory owner; surreal characters from the mind of Isidore Grandville; Charles

Credits

Writing
José Beá, scripter [signed as José Mª Beá]
 
, translater
Art
José Beá, line art [signed as José Mª Beá]
Text
, letterer
Editing
Selecciones Ilustradas , editor (at Selecciones Ilustradas)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Eerie (Warren, 1966 series) #73 (March 1976)
Voyage to the Final Hole
Also printed
Spain
Vampus (Garbo, 1875 series) #60 (August 1976)
Viaje al agujero final
 
Australia
Eerie (KG Murray, 1974 series) #20 ([March 1977?])
Voyage to the Final Hole
 
Spain
Rambla (García y Beá, 1982 series) #17 (April 1984)
El orificio final
 
Spain
Peter Hipnos (Intermagen, 1985) #4 (1985)
El final

Synopsis

In a field on Sunday, Peter shrinks into a giant, attacking rose. Its occupants urge him to shrink more. He falls in a drop of water into a glass and is drunk, but is indigestible. He's expelled toward a factory making people small by compressing them and jumps from its towers, shrinking into a hand that catches him. He's congratulated for the optimism and confidence to keep shrinking. He falls to a dimension where people fight for liberty and equality, and finds the last hole. It is small, but he squeezes through to reality. His mother says she'll keep him in Sundays if he is always late.

Notes

"© S.I. Artists". The signature on this story is dated 1975. Page 11 of this story has been removed, although it is basically a mirror image of page 10, with some other minor changes to the artwork. The translation is different without much reworking. The character called Athos is called Jorum in the Warren version, including a comment by Peter after escaping the giant's intestines that he will write a story about the adventure called "Deep Brown and Jorum", a reference to a story in Eerie #68 by Jim Stenstrum and Esteban Maroto.

Show/hide 5. Short Trip to Old Age (Peter Hypnos) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Peter Hypnos
Genre
Fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Peter Hypnos; chained bird; hungry man; beautiful woman; Peter's mother

Credits

Writing
José Beá, scripter [signed as José Mª Beá]
 
, translater
Art
José Beá, line art [signed as José Mª Beá]
Text
, letterer
Editing
Selecciones Ilustradas , editor (at Selecciones Ilustradas)

Reprint history

 
First published in this issue

Synopsis

Peter dreams of old age, realising he will dream of youth as an old man. He frees a talking bird, and a man planning to eat the bird tries to eat Peter instead. Seeking help and covered in sauce, he is rejected as dirty. He ages to thirty and panics when kissed by a woman. He ages to sixty and meets himself as a boy, but the young Peter flees. He searches for himself, but is taken to a final resting place. The bird finds him and, in return for Peter's kindness, brings a drop of the essence of reality. Peter, young again, returns to his mother who tells him to finish his homework.

Notes

"© S.I. Artists". The signature on this story is dated 1975. Despite its Spanish origins, this is the only known printing of this story.

Show/hide 6. The Solution in a Mirror (Peter Hypnos) Comic story, 5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Peter Hypnos
Genre
Fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Peter Hypnos; carnival men; Peter's mother

Credits

Writing
José Beá, scripter [as José Beà]
 
, translater
Art
José Beá, line art [as José Beà]
Text
, letterer
Editing
Selecciones Ilustradas , editor (at Selecciones Ilustradas)

Reprint history

 
First published in this issue
Also printed
Spain
Rambla (García y Beá, 1982 series) #15 (February 1984)
La solución en el espejo
 
Spain
Peter Hipnos (Intermagen, 1985) #4 (1985)
La solución en el espejo

Synopsis

Peter takes hold of a hand sticking out of a hole in some rocks and is drawn through the small gap, becoming stretched and distorted. The man who catches him has done his job and leaves. A creature tells him the solution is in the mirror and struggling to journey through a fantasy world in his misshapen body. When a man helps him find a mirror to see his normal body in the reflection, he is exchanged with the image and returns to reality. At home, he find his mother hurrying to take him to the house of mirrors at the fair.

Notes

"© S.I. Artists". Peter is called "Peter Hipnos" in this story.

Show/hide 7. A Walk through the Subconscious (Peter Hypnos) Comic story, 11 pages

Featuring

Feature
Peter Hypnos
Genre
Fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Peter Hypnos; bird; Lyla the fly; Dan; the resistence; I-Idea

Credits

Writing
José Beá, scripter [signed as José Mª Beá Font]
 
, translater
Art
José Beá, line art [signed as José Mª Beá Font]
Text
, letterer
Editing
Selecciones Ilustradas , editor (at Selecciones Ilustradas)

Reprint history

 
First published in this issue
Also printed
Spain
Rambla Extra (Distrinovel, 1983 series) ([December 1983]) —Especial navidad
Viaje al inconsciente
 
Spain
Peter Hipnos (Intermagen, 1985) #4 (1985)
Viaje al inconsciente

Synopsis

While fishing, a bird in Peter's can of worms and a fly beg Peter to save a drunk named Dan. The fly instructs Peter to focus on the word 'Kranth', which allows him to enter Dan's mind, moving from the conscience [sic] to the sub-conscious, dealing with symbols of resistance to Dan changing. 'I-idea' drives Peter to a wall locking in 'repressed contents' and straps dynamite to him. Peter sets it off, releasing 'unimaginable absurdities' and finding himself next to Dan, who throws his bottle away. Returning home, Peter's mother fears he has been hurt by a drunk lurking near the river.

Notes

"© S.I. Artists". The access word 'Kranth' used in the story might be intended to be gibberish, but it is a Hindu boy's name meaning 'Revolution'.


Notes

Bea was inspired by surrealist painters such as Max Ernst to work in collage using prints from nineteenth century magazines. Integration of the graphics into Peter Hypnos create an unsettling climate along the lines of Lewis Carroll and HP Lovecraft. Information on the series is available (in Spanish) at https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Hipnos. This issue is copyright 1976. If it was printed early in the year, these stories might all be first printings.

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 44175

Entry created

  • 15/10/2016

Cover added

  • 14/10/2016

Index completed

  • 03/04/2011

Last updated

  • 11/04/2022