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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

POST # 31 - "HORRIBLE HARVEY'S HOUSE!" by Richard Corben

One of my favorite artists is Richard Corben. His black and white style can vary depending on the medium or his mood, but always there is an underlying cinematic realism. His figures always have a light source and a shadow, giving them a 3D effect that is singularly his own.

Corben recieved his BFA from Kansas City Art Institute in 1962, when he also began working as an animator, artist, and cameraman for Calvin Productions in Kansas City. He carries his animation skills with him into his comic book stories, which play out more like little films than traditional comic stories. In the 70's Corben broke into the public eye through his underground comic work as well as stories done for Warren's black and white horror magazines.

This story is a favorite of mine that clearly illustrates his mastery of sequential and cinematic story-telling.
It first appeared in the underground SKULL COMICS #3, in 1971. My scans are from the hard-bound collection, Richard Corben's Funny Book, published in 1976. This story also appeared minus the first 3 pages under the title "The Haunted House".

This story is...rated R for nudity.


Here's an extra bonus , Corben fans!
"Monsters Rule" Part 4
One-page Story Original Art (1968). Corben's very first published storyline was a continuing saga called "Monsters Rule", which first saw print in Rudy Franke's Voice of Comicdom fanzine. This, the fourth installment, appeared in VOC #14, from December, 1968. While there would be considerable refinements made to his later, highly polished work, a lot of classic Corben elements were evident at this early point of his career.
( I unfortunately do not have copies of parts 1-3.)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

POST # 30 -" HE WALKED AMONG US" by Wally Wood (original art)

As I was reviewing the artwork for today's post, I knew I couldn't hold back any longer.
I had to post it .
You'll see why.

This original artwork is from a classic story originally published in EC comics WEIRD SCIENCE # 13, 1952, written by Al Feldstein and lifted into the heights of near perfection by the pen and brush of Wally Wood. The black and white original art allows us to see in greater definition the incredible details Wood lavished upon every panel..please, do not rush through this one, you'll regret it. Even if you've read it before (and most of us have), take your time and enjoy.
It's one of Wood's best.

When you're done, follow the link to APOCOLYTE'S WORLD OF COMICS for the story in color!

Ready? Here we go!

click here to see this story in color!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

POST # 29 - "THE DEBT" by Jack Davis (original artwork)

Hello, friends!
Where does the time go?
I have been neglecting you, haven't I?
Well, please accept this original art from Jack Davis, originally printed in EC Comics IMPACT # 3, 1955.
A story from their 'New Direction' line of Comics Code approved tales with an "Impact", which appear to be Shock Suspenstories with less blood. This one was written by Carl Wessler.
(For the published color version, click here to go see

Jack Davis is a legend. I don't think you need me to tell you who he is, and I'm in a bit of a rush, so I'll skip the usual insights and let you enjoy...

Thursday, February 4, 2010

POST # 28 - "HOWLING SUCCESS!" by Angelo Torres

Have you heard the latest? Werewolves are IN this year!
That's good news for horror fans, and I have soooo many wonderful werewolf tales to share with you...

Like this terror-iffic tale by Archie Goodwin and Angelo Torres, from CREEPY # 3, 1965.

What would you do if you ran into a werewolf on a dark street?
Would you try to negotiate, like Joe Schneider?
Would it be useless, or would it be a...


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.