Creepy Archives Volume 11 Hardcover – Oct 4 2011
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Sanjulian offers all three covers (the dust jacket is from a Frazetta from Creepy #3, maybe they couldn't get an unobstructed Sanjulian cover) and they are good ones, the fourth is a composite of the inside color stories. Auraleon, Maroto, Jose Bea and Ramon Torrents offer most of the interior artwork (these Spanish artists added an old world eeriness and graphic sex and gore to the storylines).
The color is amazing
There are two color stories in this volume, which are well done, but coloring Corben's story would have been a better choice (that would come later).
Tome Sutton offers "It!' , which became a series in Eerie later, and Richard Corben's tongue in cheek color offering is gruesome and funny at the same time.
This is the best of both worlds, color and glorious black and white and tonal greys, the inclusion of color, with the maturing of the magazine in leaps and bounds, has improved an already stellar sampling or art in comics.
Anyway, the art is excellent as always. You get some stories that are written better than others, but overall the collection is extremely entertaining. Dark Horse has done a fine job as usual and I hope they keep up the great work. I love EC too, but put Creepy right there with them even if Creepy was following EC's lead. Buy and enjoy!
By issue 51, Creepy had already reached its stride and had attracted many of the finest artists in the business: Sanjulian, Frazetta, Esteban Maroto, Tom Sutton, and many others who were masters of the black-and-white page, exhibiting masterful and exciting line work. Most of Creepy's artists focused on a more realistic, textured approach than their superhero-centric peers, making these pages a unique experience among comics of this era. Faces are emotive, zombie skin puckers and bloats, and damsels are pale and smooth as silk, no matter who is drawing them for any given story.
Of course, most written horror tales have to work very hard to evoke any sense of real fear, so Creepy instead thrives on creating atmosphere: a sense of trailing dread that emerges from a long night reading about ghosts, demons, vampires, and the occasional science fiction dystopia. Nothing has a happy ending, but every moment of it is completely beautiful. It's that dissonance between dread and beauty that follows the reader well beyond the pages and is a signature for the genre.
Dark Horse presents these collections in glorious, huge hardcover format--far larger than your average comic collection. Everything is preserved, including the original covers in full color, the occasional color story, letters pages, and ads for all manner of eclectic horror memorabilia (prompting one to hunt down some of the more interesting "scary" LPs of the 1970s). This manner of collection, from cover to cover, truly delves into what it must have been like to read these issues back when they were first released, revealing a wide world of neat stuff for which any young nerd or horror enthusiast would salivate. Glossy, white pages accentuate this artwork even more crisply than the original pulp pages would have.
Parents and librarians beware: These pages contain a fair amount of blood, gore, and occasional nudity. Of course, these are the things that make these stories really good, when the creeping sense of uneasiness isn't dominating them. While this whole series is designed with the collector in mind, it also perfectly preserves some of the best drawn pages from the past 50 years, making it a worthy addition to any serious graphic novel archive.
-- Collin David