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Thank goodness for these reprints. I’ve been starving for decent horror comics for a long time, and EERIE’s comics come in beautifully printed volumes, complete with covers (usually Frazetta!) in full color and letters pages, which usually read as “I think Eerie is just swell. The art is swell. The writing is swell.I’m writing this from the basement.” For kicks, the publishers even throw in some kitschy monster-crap mail order spreadsheets. Each issue features a different artist per story, offer
Writer Archie Goodwin (who contributed scripts and pencils to the early Vampirella comics) clearly has a mega-boner for H.P. Lovecraft, because a lot of the stories are re-tooled Lovecraft works.”Vision of Evil,”for instance, which seems to be inspired by “Pickman’s Model” and “Island at World’s End”, which is reminiscent of “The Call of Cthulhu” and features a cyclopean city in the middle of the ocean and evil priestess-babe named “Cthylla.”
The twists for some of the stories are just silly- a story will be about one kind of monster/villain, the protagonist will be preyed upon monster/villain, but then a cloud will pull away from the moon and the protagonist might declare,”One thing you didn’t count on was that I was…a WEREWOLF!”, and thus descend on the screaming antagonist in the final panel. Or a bad guy will take desperate measures to achieve a gain like immortality, only to ironically receive it in the form of a vampire bite and immediately get staked to death. Pretty funny. I love the idea of solving one monster problem with another monster.
Sometimes you have to slog through the standard blando Frankenstein retelling (there are a few) and incredibly boring 18th Century-inspired ironic justice stories, but for the most part the stories are legitimately spooky. “For the Birds” and “Voodoo Drum,” both featured in Volume II, made my skin crawl. “Oversight!” is a good They Live predecessor , and “The Day After Doomsday” is a gorgeously drawn post-apocalypse cannibal tale.
These would be great books to own and I am excited that CREEPY magazine has also been compiled and reprinted. It will be interesting to see how (or if) the two Goodwin magazines deviate.
It’s not difficult to understand why Eerie and its sister magazine Creepy are still so beloved by so many fans so many decades down the line. Although many of the stories feature the usual horror genre cliches, tricks, and all too familiarly scary treats, there are still more than enough terrifying twists, turns, and clever plot devices in these macabre vignettes to make it more than worth any daring reader’s while.
My only major gripe with this otherwise impeccable collection of vintage comics w
I miss this as a thing: anthologies of gory twist endings hosted by pun-spewing ghoul. There was a comic book revival of Creepy for a while, but it’s just not the same. There’s innocence buried among the corpses in these stories, and by god the art is a sight to behold. I was expecting to love Toth and Ditko and Al Williamson, but Gene Colan knocked it out of the park every time.