Monday, October 27, 2008

1980s indie horror comix roundup...

Here are a few more comics from my Halloween files, starting with "Fearbook" (1986), from Eclipse. This one-shot features kid-friendly stories illustrated by Stephen Bissette (and one by Rick Veitch), that were originally published in the magazine "Bananas" in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Interestingly, the stories are all written by pre-fame R.L. Stine, as Bob Stine, and his wife Linda, several years before the publication of his first young adult horror novel. Bissette left "Bananas" to work on "Swamp Thing" with Alan Moore. Veitch, who attended Joe Kubert's drawing school with Bissette (the two remain frequent collaborators), would also later work on "Swamp Thing," as well as his own insanely inventive superhero parodies "Maximmortal," "the One" and "Brat Pack." This is a pretty fun comic...





Nightmares (1985), from Eclipse, is a 2 issue series featuring 2 stories illustrated by Paul Gulacy. "The Trespasser," written by Don McGregor, is like a postapocalyptic take on a Tennessee Williams story, with protagonists drawn to look like James Coburn and Kevin McCarthy. It's a good story, but even better is "Blood on Black Satin," written by the great Doug Moench. "Blood on Black Satin" takes infleunce from the novels of Denis Wheatley and their film adaptations from Hammer in the 1960s and 1970s (The Devil Rides Out & To the Devil a Daughter), as well as the film "The Wicker Man." It's a bit tongue-in-cheek and a very fun read...








Demon Dream (1984), from Pacific, is a one-shot collecting two early horror stories by Arthur Suydam, an artist best know these days for his painted covers on titles like "Marvel Zombies" (one wonders whether the genuinely idiotic Marvel Zombies miniseries would be anywhere near as popular without Suydam's clever covers featuring horrific reimaginings of classic Marvel iconography). These stories have a cool new wave vibe to them...



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