Eerie 4 cover by Jim Pavelec
Flashback to sometime in 1968 when, as a 12 year old, I find a treasure trove of Warren Magazines by a curbside trash pile. How I thought to open that box and look inside- I can only guess some otherworldly directive was guiding me-I’ll never know but I am certain it changed my life. Eerie and Creepy Magazines became instant favorites and while I loved my superhero comics, seeing many of my Marvel favorites (Gene Colan, Steve Ditko, Wally Wood, and John Severin among them drawing horror stories) instantly rocked my universe. Not to mention such giants as Gray Morrow, Al Williamson, Neal Adams, Reed Crandall, and covers by some guy named Frazetta.
Nixey’s art has a nice Tom Sutton (one of the most unsung comic artists of all time) feel to it that well suits this gruesome tale of an Earth bound alien with a taste for human flesh.
Next up is “The Saturnian Infantroids” a rather odd take on celestial artificial insemination. With script and art by Jonathon Case, whose recent “The Creep” series for Dark Horse was a solid read, I would have expected more. Case’s art straddles a line between EC like (think Wally Wood) science fiction and humor, but doesn’t quite hit its mark.
Speaking of Wally Wood, the final tale is a newly colored reprint of “The Manhunters.” Written by Gerry Boudreau and magnificently drawn by Wood this is one tale worthy of finding a new audience. When it was first published in the mid 1970s it blew my mind. Reading it again almost 40 years later it is no less affecting.
Also included is a brief but excellent interview with the great Rich Corben, who continues to do groundbreaking work for Dark Horse, while the Berni Wrightson back cover brings back some fond memories. I should also mention the inside front cover by Paul Chadwick, whose comic book work is far too infrequent for my tastes. Here’s hoping to see more by him!