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Creepy Archives Volume 1 [Kindle Edition]

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Gather up your wooden stakes, your blood-covered hatchets, and all the skeletons in the darkest depths of your closet, and prepare for a horrifying adventure into the darkest corners of comics history. Dark Horse Comics further corners the market on high quality horror storytelling with one of the most anticipated releases of the decade, a hardcover archive collection of legendary Creepy Magazine. This groundbreaking material turned the world of graphic storytelling on its head in the early 1960s, as phenomenal young artists like Bernie Wrightson and Neal Adams reached new artistic heights with their fascinating explorations of classic and modern horror stories. *Brilliant, classic Creepy stories from 1964-1966 raised from the dead after twenty-five years. *Featuring work by such comics luminaries as Joe Orlando, Al Williamson, Alex Toth, and Frank Frazetta. * Archive editions of Creepy will be the cornerstone of any comic-book library. *Volume One reprints the first five terrifying issues of the magazine's original run, reprinted in the original magazine size!

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Creepy was a 1960s effort to recapture the spirit of the beloved EC horror comics of the 1950s that, by publishing in larger magazine format, ducked the Comics Code imposed to quiet public outcry over precisely such lurid fare as the EC horrors. Creepy hewed as closely as possible to the EC model, rounding up many of the line’s most talented artists, including Al Williamson, Jack Davis, Reed Crandall, and Joe Orlando, and using a comically grisly host to introduce the tales à la EC’s Crypt-Keeper. The magazine sported lush, eye-grabbing covers by painter Frank Frazetta, who became one of the most acclaimed sf-fantasy artists. Creepy arguably outdid its inspirers. The scripts, mostly by editor Archie Goodwin, were less text-heavy than EC’s, and the black-and-white printing and larger page size showed off the detailed artwork to fuller advantage. Creepy and its stablemate Eerie would soon augment the EC-veteran contributors with other artists as good. The brilliant Alex Toth appears in the last of the issues reprinted here, and forthcoming volumes will spotlight more top talent. --Gordon Flagg

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  • File Size: 134546 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; Reprint edition (August 26, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AG4C0PI
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeds Expectations August 14, 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
OK well I admit I am a kid at heart. I've been around for half a century, and I read about 30 books every year, but when I heard Creepy was coming out in book form ... well, I haven't been this excited since I bought (stole?) my first Playboy back in 1970.

Then I went to a bookstore and looked at some of the so-called competition. I won't name names, but the compilation of horror comics I looked at was disheartening: cheap paper stock, bad reproduction, small pages. So, when I pre-ordered this book, I was expecting a letdown.

Not ... to ... worry.

Creepy Archives came in the mail today, and I couldn't be happier (I know, I know, this sounds like a publisher sales pitch; it's not).

The paper stock is thick, shiney, and much better than the originals way back in the early '60s. The reproduction is excellent. Page size is the same as the original. And -- completely unexpected -- each of the first five covers (Frazetta, gotta love him) is reproduced in glorious living color.

But of course, all of this is secondary to the main point -- the genius of Frazetta, Archie Goodwin, Reed Crandall, et al. The artwork and stories are unparalled for this kind of work.

Can you tell I'm a happy hiker today?
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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last. August 16, 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
At last.

A cultural touchstone for thousands of young kids from the 60's and 70's has made its' way to the archive bookshelf, and that "touchstone" is Creepy Magazine.

Being, purportedly, a "grown-up" now, I realize that the Warren magazines like Creepy and Eerie were the sequela to the EC phenomenon. But back then, I was the wrong age for EC. Didn't know they even existed. I was absolutely the right age for Creepy. I devoured them right along with my Spider-man and X-men comics.

If you have ventured this far into the review, I suspect you:

1) have this fizzy glee after reading the words "Creepy Archives" and "now in stock".

2) have this carbonated sizzle in your brain noticing the words, 'volume ONE.'

3) are immediately recollecting those lazy days of reading and re-reading these amazing stories coupled with black and white artwork so evocative...that whole color schemes formed in your skull. Sounds. Odors. These were mini-movies that we replayed over and over again.

4) are wondering if those glorious ads are included. Well, so far, they are. They were an essential part of that Warren experience. Leaving them out would be like leaving the jelly off a PB& J sandwich. It doesn't ruin the meal, but you don't get the intended flavor. It just wouldn't BE "Creepy" without them.

The book itself is lovely. The covers are reproduced in vivid color. The size of the book is at least as big as the original magazine; it somehow appears larger. The artwork is sharp and laser precise. I found myself admiring details that as a kid, you simply aren't that aware. Better said, I knew great art when I saw it when I was 9 or 10, but now I can see why I thought that.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally - they're back! August 15, 2008
By T-Bone
I was eight years old when I first read Creepy Magazine, then later Erie and Vamperella -talk about growing up fast! Creepy featured all the greats such as Frazetta and Wally Woods, professionally inked and shadowed in black and white. The intent was to scare and entertain with short stories featuring your sarcastic host Uncle Creepy -reminiscent of Tales from the Crypt. Just like in the movie Blade Runner, the visual aspect was so detailed, I found myself reading them over and over again. Many of the stories are predictable, but I fancy the thought of movies or T.V. shows we see today were inspired by these quaint little plots and characters. This hardback edition includes issues 1 through 5 with color covers and old advertisements - just like the originals. This is a wonderful treat for those nostalgic fans of fantasy or those who are a little afraid to unpack their collectibles. I hope they continue reproducing all the Warren Publishing Mags in the same quality binding and print.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Magazine Ever? January 27, 2009
Will all due respect to Playboy, Creepy may very well be the greatest magazine ever. Premiering in 1964, Creepy filled the huge void for true horror comics that was left when EC Comics was essentially forced out of business over a decade earlier. Because it was a magazine, it did not need to be approved by the Comics Code Authority and thus could showcase stories filled with monsters, ghouls, and gore that regular comics could not.

Warren Publishing, already well known for their Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, put out the magazine. Creepy brought together a collection of artists unparalleled on a single title. These included former EC comics alums Frank Frazetta, Reed Crandall, Al Williamson, Jack Davis, George Evans, Joe Orlando, and Angelo Torres in what was, for all intents and purposes, an EC Comics revival. Creepy was headed by Editor Archie Goodwin, a long time EC fanatic and its stories were in the "EC Style" meaning they were 6 - 8 pages in length and utilized satire and irony,

The first hardcover volume collects the first five issues of Creepy. It's a magazine-sized book so the original aspect of the art has been maintained. However, you not only get the stories and cover art, but also the original letter columns and even original ads with all those great Captain Company products you could mail away for.

The first issue features an incredible rarity as it includes the last illustrated comic story that Frank Frazetta ever did before he would go onto produce primarily covers. For those who only know Frazetta for his covers, it is a rare treat to see just how good he was as a comic artist. Without the conveniences (or need) of modern computer enhancement techniques, Frazetta simply puts most modern artists to shame.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start to a creepy series!
Going back to Creepy is a refreshing plunge back into short form comics that can tell a full story over a few pages. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good condition
The book was used, but seemed brand new. I was happy with it's condition. I'm sure I'll order similar products in the future.
Published 15 months ago by Chad H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Horror comics
Awooooooo...... Stunning illustrative artwork and fun storytelling. It is a win win. There's a comfortable feeling reading these as they transport me back to my teens when the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by J. Ferrao
4.0 out of 5 stars brought back some great memories
I loved the creepy, eerie, and vampirella comics back in the day, so when I saw this on sale I had to buy it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Deren
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes me back to then....
I used to enjoy reading Creepy, Eerie, and Forry J. Ackerman's Famous Monsters of Filmland, many moons ago..... Read more
Published 16 months ago by R. Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Digital Comic
I read this on my iPad, the art looks incredible. The frame by frame feature with the Kindle app is great. The stories are great, a lot of fun to read. Very nostalgic.
Published 17 months ago by Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars Aieeiieieieieyaaaargh
If you grew up in the 70's and read comic books, you had to have read a few issues of Creepy at one time or another. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Stratalawyer
5.0 out of 5 stars A good early start
Creepy Archives #1 looks great!
This and Eerie were the Best Horror "Comics" ever, the EC comics they were inspired from never reached these heights. Read more
Published on June 12, 2012 by Dean Wirth
3.0 out of 5 stars Creepy
DC Showcase, take note: This is how you do reprints. Dark Horse did a beautiful job collecting the first five issues of this old horror magazine. Slick paper. Read more
Published on May 8, 2012 by jonathan briggs
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for the art
All of us who grew up on Creepy and Eerie in the 1960s are happy to see their return, but here's the hard, harsh truth: while the artwork in these pages is among the best of the... Read more
Published on December 24, 2011 by M2
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