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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

About the Author

Frank Frazetta has worked for DC Comics, painted covers for Tarzan of the Apes, Battlefield Earth, Famous Funnies, and won the Hugo, World Fantasy, and Spectrum Grandmaster awards. Still one of the most collected fantasy artists in the world, Frank lives in Pennsylvania.

Reed Crandall (1917 1982, Indiana) is best known for his art for EC and later Warren's horror, crime, war, and adventure comics; he also contributed to Flash Gordon in the 1960s. Some of his more family-friendly work was featured in the Classics Illustrated and Treasure Chest series; he drew the Buster Brown comics for Buster Brown shoe stores for many years. He attended the Cleveland School of Art in Ohio, graduating in 1939, and served briefly in the Air Force during WWII which served him well as one of the primary artists for the aviator-team comic Blackhawk. Crandall was inducted into the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2009.

JACK E. DAVIS is the award-winning illustrator of many wildly funny picture books, including Yo-yo Man by Daniel Pinkwater, Sweet Tooth by Margie Palatini, and Monster Goose by Judy Sierra. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

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  • File Size: 215556 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; Reprint edition (August 26, 2008)
  • Publication Date: August 26, 2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AG4C0PI
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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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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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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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Wow! I've been waiting for years for the Warren magazine archives, Creepy and Eerie. I wonder, though if Dark Horse is going all the way and reprint the whole series. After issue 17, Creepy became really bad for a couple of years until about issue 30, when "new talent" like Richard Corben, Bill DuBay and Bruce Jones came around and the magazine went on to become the best horror mag of all times (sorry EC buffs, but the Warren magazines from the 70's were tops). Let's not forget the Spanish invasion later on, with the top spanish artists contributing to the magazine.

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!
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