Inner Sanctum: Tales of Horror, Mystery and Suspense Hardcover – Dec 7 2011
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"Colón succeeds in respecting the original tales, his readers, and the joy of getting slightly creeped out." —www.SchoolLibraryJournal.com
About the Author
Ernie Colón is a comic artist who has worked for such companies as Broadway Comics, DC, Eclipse, Harvey Publications, Marvel, and Star Comics. He is the cocreator of The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation, After 9/11: America’s War on Terror (2001), Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography, Che: A Graphic Biography, and Vlad the Impaler. He lives in Huntington, New York.
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I fondly remember Colon's work for DC Comics--including his "Arak, Son of Thunder" with Roy Thomas and his own creation "Amethyst, Princess of Gem World." But mainly I remember him from Warren's horror titles like "Creepy," "Eerie," and "Vampirella."
Colon adapted seven stories for "Inner Sanctum." Some I have heard before, and some were unfamiliar. They all have that "Inner Sanctum" feel, and Colon is clearly someone who remembers being scared by that old creaking door. His art work is still solid, although not stunning. He seems to have lost some of his flair over the years and gone into a more minimalistic style. His loose, empty lines almost look like fashion illustration instead of comic book art. He isn't big on backgrounds, and most of his work features characters carrying the scenes. He still has that horror touch though, and that comes through nicely.
What I thought was really missing from this comic was more about "Inner Sanctum" itself. It's wrong to assume that most people will be familiar with the show, it's history, and these episodes. I would have loved a nice, long introduction, and some "Adapted from ... " or "First broadcast ... " notes on the stories. Instead they are presented without preamble. And that's all right. They work well just as stories. But I think it was a bit of a missed opportunity.
The stories in this collection are:
"The Voice on the Wire"
"Lived Once-Buried Twice"
"Alive in the Grave"
"Death of a Doll"
Longtime comic artist has now brought Inner Sanctum to comics with this terrific little hardcover graphic novel that adapts several of the original radio shows. Most of the tales run 8 – 10 pages and are very reminiscent of the old Warren Magazines like Creepy and Eerie. This should not some as a surprise since Colon did a lot of work on those same magazines back in the late 1960s and 1970s. These are also typically EC Comics-styled stories that come with an ironic twist at the end.
Some of the tales include “Death of a Doll” in which a reporter is investigating the murder of a young woman who was found dead clutching a baby doll which says the words “Kara-Nana”. But what do those strange words mean? In “Alive in the Grave” a man steals the wallet of another man who drops dead in the street of an apparent heart attack. When he gets home to check the wallet’s contents he finds a card explaining the at the man who apparently died, suffers from a cataleptic condition that makes him appear to be dead. “The Horla” finds a man who is haunted by a spirit that is unseen by anyone else, eventually driving him to madness and suicide.
Colon’s art is perfect for the subject matter. The book is in black and white and his smooth, fine line artwork takes full advantage of the medium.