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Creepy grows up...,
This review is from: Creepy Archives Volume 10 (Hardcover)
...and in the process looses some of the magic that permeated much of the earlier issues. During this period of production in the early 70's Warren begins to shoot for a more mature and intellectual audience. In my opinion this is when the fun begins to fade. Yes, yes...I know that the majority of readers see this period as the golden age, and a lot of great stuff did come out of this period, but the greatest artists Warren ever employed are now or soon will be in the past. Still, Uncle Creepy, along with Eerie and Vampirella, were the highlight of my youth, and there is much here in this archival volume to remember with great affection!
W. B. Dubay has clearly taken over the Art Direction in this volume and there is a new look for the Warren magazines. (I like the older look better). Unfortunately, the letters pages are less fun to read...and I blame Dubay for that. I seriously dislike Dubay's illustration and thankfully there is only one example of his work in this volume.
Beginning with issue 49, the stories are longer and more complex, moving from 6 or 8 pages to 10 and 12 pages each. "Forgive Us Our Debts" in issue 50 expands to 18 pages long, and it is a visual masterpiece!
As I see it, anything illustrated by Tom Sutton is a thrill! He was a master at what he did. There are two tales by Sutton and I thoroughly enjoyed them both. Richard Corben has only one story in this volume, but it is wonderful. "Land of the Bone" illustrated by Maroto is stunning! Although the writing in this particular story falters a little bit near the end, the story left an indelible impression on me long ago and it is fantastic to revisit it on the crisp white archival paper now available to publishing. One of my very favorite tales is "The Accursed Flower" written and illustrated by Jose Bea. I also really enjoyed rereading "The Eternity Curse" illustrated by Martin Salvador...(although the ending is a bit of a let down, the images of the ancient corpse rising up out of the sand is horror as it should be). Gerry Grandenetti is one of my all time favorite Warren artists and he illustrates one of his final stories for Warren with "This Burden - This Responsibility", and Reed Crandall has two new stories (not reprints). Man, this guy was a genius! Although his talents were beginning to fade by the time these last few tales were created, he still had the ability to evoke horror...Take a look back at the early work he did in the 50's...such as "The Corpse That Came to Dinner" (found in the recent "Four Color Fear") and his earlier Warren tales from the 60's....you'll be glad you did.
The Spanish artists take over during this period and although some of them are fantastic, such as Estaban Maroto and Jose Bea, others bog down the overall quality of the magazine. Felix Mas is one such artist. I've always had to force myself to read any story illustrated by him. Auraleon is another one. (His women all have the same facial expression). With that said, I have to admit that he did do a really nice job on "The Severed Hand" in issue 49. Also, Jamie Brocal's art was never a favorite of mine but his work has held up well over time and I appreciate it more now than when I read these storys the first time in the 70's. I think he did a wonderful job on "The Third Night of Mourning".
And finely, one last complaint..."Spellbound"...the cover story for issue 46 is terrible. What a mess....!
Dispite my personal dislikes I'm giving this a five star rating because even when it's not my taste, it's always done with class! I will be forever grateful to Dark Horse for taking on the task of presenting these stories to a new generation.