“It crawls…. It creeps…. It eats you alive! Indescribable… indestructible… insatiable! Bloated with the blood of its victims! Nothing Can Stop It!” These are just a fistful of the gloriously hyperbolic taglines used to market one of the 50s’ most memorable creature features—“The Blob”—but while nearly every movie fan is at least familiar with this amorphous, undulating mega-mass from another world, very few are aware of the fact that the likely genesis for this sinister, flesh-sucking, fiend is an incident that took place in Philadelphia in the fall of 1950.
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