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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?
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 good...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.Read more ›
I wonder also if other Warren magazines will ever get their archives (Blazing Combat is being done by Fantagraphics), but what about my fave sci-fi mag, 1984 (later on, due to copyright issues, 1994) and stuff like The Rook and so on.
The main problem I see with these archives (which are beautifully reproduced, they are even better than the original issues printed on pulp paper), is that, as I said before, some time down the line (when most of the good artists and Archie Goodwin quit) they were really terrible (lots of amateur art and even spelling mistakes in the sophomore texts). Should they also be reprinted to continue the whole run of the magazines, even if the artistic quality was below average? Uhmm, dunno... Let's wait and see what Dark Horse has in mind.
Anyway, now I can finally put away all my old copies of the magazine and read the stories once again in pristine condition.
Kudos to everyone involved in this project!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm glad that the Warren Archives are here and presented pretty much as they originally appeared...... Read morePublished 9 days ago by jim wiz
I adore this book. Would love to get the whole series but may be cost prohibited. If you are in old Warren magazines...they did this right.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have really enjoyed reading these stories again. The art work is wonderful. I collected Creepy Magazine in my youth. Read morePublished 26 days ago by John E. Carlson
The stories and artwork in this volume is terrific by many of the giants in the field at that time. Many of the artists (such as Steve Ditko) had left comics and were able to do... Read morePublished 5 months ago by John L. Montero
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