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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

POST # 27 - "SPAWN OF THE CAT PEOPLE" by Reed Crandall

Here's another beauty from the pages of CREEPY. Issue number 2, to be exact. 1965.
Archie Goodwin wrote it, and Reed Crandall exqisitely illustrated it, with the cinematic genius that hides beneath his perfectly rendered forms. As always, Crandall's gorgeous work is a joy and a wonder to behold.

Following the story is an ad that also appeared in CREEPY #2, drawn by the amazing Jack Davis. It depicts a scene from the story, and was more than likely originally a proposed cover design for issue 2 (Davis created the now famous cover artwork for CREEPY #1, and this cat-people design did make it onto the cover of 1965's EERIE #1 - ashcan edition). It appears Warren decided to bump Davis's cover image, and instead started printing covers by a blossoming artist named Frank Frazetta. The rest, as you know, is history.

Now, grab yourself an extra-large scooper for the kitty litter box, here comes the


Ad from CREEPY #2. Art by Jack Davis.

Cover for EERIE #1 ashcan edition.


  1. This was a nice & fun read, but really, who couldn't have seen that ending coming?

  2. I agree with you, Chuck.
    It really couldn't end any other way!

  3. beautiful stuff.

    you've been awarded the Kreativ Blogger award, by the way, matey. lucky old you. go here. . .



  4. Apocolyte: Normally I like my inks big and bold - think line and heavy shadow; no fussy crosshatching. For the two artists you display here, I will always make an exception! Reed Crandall always, always makes my jaw drop! There is a smooth perfection to his intricate work that simply does the job right. Cinematic, you call it. Yep, that's it. And Davis? Pure perfection in the cross hatch! somehow he always managed to combine a great amount of detail and line work with a loose, easy style! And is there anyone in the world that doesn't love Davis' feet and hands? Those long, lanky limbs? If there is they have never spoken up. Great post!!!! -- Mykal

  5. Joe,
    I'm honored, sir! How kind of you to share your well-deserved award with the likes of me!
    Thanks for nice words. Your blog rocks!

    I think I know what you mean, and I'm in agreement.You described everything I love about Jack Davis' art! Thanks!