The Pain Master And His Incredible Machine

pulp art of tied woman menaced by pain master

This artwork illustrates a story called The Pain Master’s Bride in Eerie Stories #1 from August, 1937. It’s unclear why the Pain Master needs a gun, when his victim is so securely tied up…

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2 comments on “The Pain Master And His Incredible Machine”:

Iago Faustus, Ph.D. commented on November 15th, 2017 at 8:26 pm:

It’s a Chekhov’s Gun. Pulp-fictional convention requires that the villain shoot at (but miss) the Big Strong Handsome Hero Man when he somehow breaks out of his bonds with the aim of rescuing the distressed damsel. He can achieve this more credibly if he brandishes the weapon early in the narrative.

Curse you, Big Strong Handsome Hero Man!

Rope Guy commented on November 16th, 2017 at 11:37 am:

I’m sure you are correct!

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