I do have a place in my heart for the macabre. Especially the silly or what I like to call, Rockabilly macabre. These stories always tend to have one of three things in them: rock music, racism and zombies and Dark Horse Comics “CREEPY” #1, definitely fits the bill. CREEPY was originally published in 1964 by Warren Publishing who also published another serial horror comic “EERIE” as well as the superheroin of the night “Vampirella“. In 2007 Dark Horse acquired the rights to Creepy and republished all 285 issues of Creepy in hardcover, along with stories from it’s accompanying title EERIE. Coined as being “The finest in illustrated horror” Creepy is a must have for those of us who grew up with MAD, Cracked or even Heavy Metal magazine. The stories, narrated by the delightful Uncle Creepy, are honest and too the point, just the way I like my horror. Authors like Joe Harris (B.P.R.D) and Dan Braun (ExSanguine) play up the kitsch exquisitely with larger than life characters with even larger monsters. The outstanding black and white artwork reminded me of when I hid under my blanket, as a youth, with a flash light to enjoy some classic strangeness. I have yet to get a hold of the original CREEPY series, but I can’t imagine the writing to be that far off from what these talented individuals are giving us in the new ones. Having read a few recently reborn comics, I say with every bit of confidence, that they got this one right. From the drawings, to the dialogue, this is pure nostalgia and is a great book for anyone who remembers what it felt like seeing your first R rated film.
What’s black and white and clawing its way onto your reading list? It’s the newly resurrected Creepy, of course! Now, don’t fret, my putrid pets —— these new terror tales are cut from the same cursed cloth as the outlandish originals, telling contemporary horror stories with gorgeously ghoulish art from a lineup that’ll make you lose your head! Original Creepy artist Angelo Torres teams up with devilish Dan Braun on “Hell Hound Blues”; Michael Woods and artist Saskia Gutekunst serve up a dose of “Chemical 13”; Neil Kleid and Brian Churilla provide “All the Help You Need” at a weird weight-loss camp; and jaundiced Jason Shawn Alexander brings his phenomenal painting skills to Joe Harris’s “The Curse”!