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This comic made me do a bit of research, a bit more than I expected to. On November 4, 1966 Florence was indeed flooded and was called the flood of the Arno, for the Arno River that overflowed its banks. It was the worst flooding in Florence in centuries (Who says comics are not educational?)The Plague of Gornau featured a method to bring back someone who had run away, namely a beetle on a string tied to a nail. From the comic "This Magazine is Haunted" #17 under the title "You Must Believe Me" the same trick is used, but in both cases the one who is brought back was better left where they were.The full comic is available here if you want to take a look-http://charm-of-charlton.de/stories/you-must-believe-me-charlton
Thank you for finding that story 'You Must Believe Me'. This story would make an mazing episode of a Twilight Zone or Night Gallery show or maybe a new anthology show.The Flood of the Arno was considered the worst flood in the city of Florence since 1557. It killed 101 people and damaged or destroyed millions of masterpieces of art.
A bit more about the beetle tied to a string to make someone return-https://books.google.com/books?id=D8Xni7sJd0EC&pg=PA158&lpg=PA158&dq=a+beetle+tied+to+a+string+tied+to+a+nail+to+bring+back+a+runaway&source=bl&ots=WKhRiVfZKk&sig=bNvhfvBrzkdZ7ztI2W2fx6q9Eh4&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiKoNvq4d_PAhUF2T4KHUjaC0wQ6AEIHDAA#v=onepage&q=a%20beetle%20tied%20to%20a%20string%20tied%20to%20a%20nail%20to%20bring%20back%20a%20runaway&f=false
Thats is really interesting I had no idea what it was based on. Thank you for the info!
There is another story involving a beetle tied to a string (although in this case it is a spider) to make someone return in an old horror comic. In issue 55 of Adventures into the Unknown, the very last tale, "The Witch Hunter" follows a somewhat similar path to the other stories mentioned. A false witch hunter uses this method to try to get back a lovely maiden who tried to escape from his clutches, but since the girl had died falling from a bridge in a storm, it only brought back her vengeful spirit instead. Here is the link.http://comicbookplus.com/?dlid=37061
Thanks that's really interesting. I'm going to check that story out right now. Boy you guys are good! You know your comic book stories well...