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Inner Sanctum: Tales of Horror, Mystery and Suspense Hardcover – Dec 7 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: NBM Publishing (Dec 7 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561636142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561636143
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
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"[Colón] can scare the pants off you. I highly recommend Inner Sanctum, which ought to come with a reinforced belt." —Minneapolis Star Tribune (January 19, 2012)

"The energy Colón infuses into them makes them constitute something more enjoyable than a pop-cultural trip down memory lane." —

"Colón succeeds in respecting the original tales, his readers, and the joy of getting slightly creeped out." —

"Veteran editor and artist Colòn conducts a virtual art clinic here, showing his deep mastery of composition, design, figure drawing, expression, use of blacks and more in this collection of hoary guilty pleasures and cheap thrills." —Miami Herald (April 15, 2012)

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Radio Mystery June 10 2013
By Zack Davisson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I really love the OTR show "Inner Sanctum." I think the horror/mystery shows have held up the best since their original broadcasts--what scares people back then still scares us now. So, I thought the idea of Ernie Colon adapting some of these stories for comics was pretty cool.

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"
"The Undead"
"The Horla"
"Alive in the Grave"
"Death of a Doll"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good little collection Dec 30 2011
By Richard J. Arndt - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Colon's an old master at horror, having worked on Warren's Creepy & Eerie back in the day. His work on these stories shows he is as good as ever. Some of the stories will remind you of EC Comics, others of Warren and still others' DC's 'mystery' titles. There's nothing bad here and all are entertaining. Recommended.
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than average Aug. 1 2015
By Tim Janson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Long before the Internet and television, people got their entertainment at home from the radio. From the 1920s to the early 1950s radio was the primary source of home entertainment. You could get music, comedy shows, adventures, drama, westerns, and horror. One of the most successful radio horror and suspense show was Inner Sanctum which ran from 1941 – 1952. The weekly show broadcast horror and suspense that featured some of the most popular actors of the day including Boris Karloff, Frank Sinatra, Orson Welles, Helen Hayes, and Peter Lorre.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ernie Colon is great. Jan. 2 2013
By Joshua - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A master of the comic book form! Heard about him from the podcast "Art and Story" I especially recommend for aspiring comics artists who want to study unconventional page layouts.