Wednesday, October 22, 2008

twisted tales 1 (1982)...

The fine, fine people (person? persons?) over at Diversions of the Groovy Kind have been so kind as to mention Negative Pleasure on their site, which is awesome, but even more awesome is that they've also posted Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson's superior Swamp Thing vs. werewolf story "Monster on the Moors" in its' entirety. Even more awesome than that is that they've been posting werewolf stories all week, including another Len Wein-er, starring Batman, with Neal Adams/Dick Giordano art. Being partial to werewolf stories and everything else I just said, well, I just think it's awesome.

Meanwhile, I'm moving on from Bernie Wrightson to Bruce Jones and his "Twisted Tales." In the early 1980s, just as DC was wrapping up the last of their horror comics, Jones and Pacific Comics made the bold move of launching an EC-inspried, mature readers horror anthology comic. It didn't last more than a couple years, but it was actually pretty good. Jones wrote pretty much all the stories, and got some serious horror art talent to back him up. This, the first issue, features a cover and story by Richard Corben, who I covered during the Halloween countdown last year, and who I might cover more this year, which I've posted complete, and another story, "Out of His Depth," with art by Alfredo Alcala. "Walk in the Woods" has art by Bret Blevins, who went on to do a lot of work at Marvel (including their adaptation of the movie "Krull," which I loved as a kid) and a handful of Batman stuff. "All Hallows," sort of the "Kick the Can" (see "Twilight Zone-the Movie") of the issue, has some really nice artwork by Tim Conrad, who started off doing Conan at Marvel, and went on to do several Clive Barker-related comics like "Tapping the Vein" and "Hellraiser." Bruce Jones, who started on indie comics in the 1970s before doing "Red Sonja" at Marvel and working on "Creepy" and "Eerie" at Warren, is still a highly prolific writer, primarily at DC. I didn't like his "Deadman" reboot, but "Checkmate," which he took over earlier this year, is one of my faves. Among his most popular work is a long run on the Hulk, back when Marvel still published some non-awful comics...





More to come...

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