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With gruesome imagery and cheeky one-liners, CREEPY COMICS
Vol. 1 (Dark Horse Comics) is an entertaining collection of morality tales.
These terrifying originals come from the newly resurrected CREEPY compilation.
This anthology contains 20 contemporary horror stories with ghoulish artwork.
The first volume is set up with a strong list of talented authors—Joe. R.
Lansdale, Dan Braun, Shawna Gore—and exceptional artists such as Bernie
Wrightson, Rahsan Ekedal and Ken Kelly.
CREEPY was an American horror comics magazine launched during the 1960s by Warren Publishing.
Though the covers were in color, the interior pages were drawn in black and
white. Each issue began with an introduction by the host character, either from
Uncle Creepy or from the rest of the Creepy family. This latest volume keeps
the same format, adding a host in the beginning, who then reveals the moral
message at the end.
“Drawn Out” by Lansdale follows a cuckolded husband who
wants revenge against his cheating wife and his best friend. After he butchers
them, the murderer thinks justice has been finally served, but karma has a way
of twisting fate around when the husband commits suicide. Buried beneath the
ground, the killer is still alive, but can’t move his body. Also,
unfortunately, he can feel the army of ants feasting on his flesh. You will
surely cringe at Ekedal’s artwork as dogs start tearing apart the husband’s
chest, clawing their way to his beating heart.
Joe Harris’ “The Curse” (Parts 1, 2 and 3) dives into the
mind of a psychotic madman. A young man, Jude, unexpectedly discovers he has
the uncanny power of influence. If a father wants to murder his family, Jude
can provide that scenario, but for a costly fee. However, when Jude starts
dabbling with his client’s head, Jude doesn’t realize he is using the power on
himself. Every time Jude uses his cursed gift, his skin sags, melting away day
by day. As the story progresses, Jason Shawn Alexander’s gritty artwork becomes
rougher and darker in shadows as Jude heads straight towards insanity.
Nicola Cuti’s “Zombie Wedding at Slaughter Swamp” is a
hilarious tongue-in-cheek story about relationships. A voodoo priestess uses
her zombies to carry out her schemes of revenge. She unexpectedly meets the
love of her life, a wannabe rock star who uses and abandons women whenever he
feels like. Under the influence of a love potion, the rock star now desperately
wants to get married, but just when this mismatched couple is about to say
their vows, swamp zombies crash their wedding. The cartoonish illustrations by
Hilary Barta display a group of goofy-looking zombies, which sets the campy
Returning with a vengeance, CREEPY COMICS Vol. 1 contains
some of the funniest and heavy-hitting morality tales you’ve ever read. One
story will leave a chill down your spine, while the next will make you burst
out laughing. And because each author takes a different direction, the artists
are free to be spontaneous and experimental. Out in stores now, this modern
volume will make comic book collectors want to seek out the original CREEPY
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