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Thursday, December 24, 2009

THE CHRISTMAS EVE CREEPY CROSS-OVER - Making the most out of your holiday!

Christmas horror continues as I share from the darker side of Christmas comics this season. Here is one of two stories featured in my Christmas Eve CREEPY Cross-Over with my other home away from home over at BLACK 'N' WHITE AND RED ALL OVER! Two terrific terror tales  from CREEPY #59, 1973. For the first story, click on the link in red above. For the second story, look down. There it is.

Both stories feature a mad killer on the loose, and the spirit of Christmas gets a little twisted when all that stands between life and death and evil winning is one good man at Christmas time.

Enjoy this diversion, kiddies, while I finish wrapping your real gift...From Richard Corben and Bill Dubay, this is "BLESS US, FATHER..."


Now, why don't you go check out the second story  in my
Christmas Eve Creepy Cross-Over over at

CREEPY # 59 cover art by Manuel Sanjulian.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

THE HORROR OF CHRISTMAS - EC's '...And All Through The House..."

From VAULT OF HORROR # 35, from the pre-code Christmas of 1953, a seasonal classic that is bound to pop up on a dozen blogs today or tomorrow...In fact I'd been planning it for at least a couple of weeks. Hey, great comic book minds think alike...oh well!  In fact, the beautiful black and white version is posted over at the always incredible Golden Age Comic Book Stories, and here (among other places) is the color version. (These scans from Gemstone reprint.) This story was also made into a pretty good 'Tales From The Crypt'  TV episode. Story and art by the great Johnny Craig.

Friday, December 18, 2009

THE GENIUS OF WALT KELLY - Uncle Pogo So-So Stories

Walt Kelly's Pogo has been making me smile ever since I was a little sprat. Lucky for me, Dad had great taste in comics, and when we were old enough to read, good ol' Dad brought forth his treasures and shared with us chill'un the joys that are Pogo. In a manner not dissimilar from the Warner Brothers cartoons that held the interest of children on one level, and also contained humor meant for older 'children' on a different level, Kelly could entertain and mesmerize all ages. As a kid, I didn't understand the social commentary and many of the popular culture references Kelly infused his comics with, I just knew they were funny.

I read and re-read these books and comics over and over throughout my childhood (and beyond), and after only a few decades of this, the bindings wore out and the pages began to come loose. That became a blessing in disguise, because now they are in perfect condition for scanning. Lucky you!

I can only imagine how Walt Kelly wrote his stories...they seem to flow from panel to panel in a spontaneous whimsy, going nowhere in particular, but overflowing with such gentle and approachable humor -- good-natured, but waaaay out there. Silly? Yes. Fun? Of course. Entertaining? To say the least! As you read the next 30 plus pages, I challenge you to find one single panel that isn't brimming with either Kelly's boundless wit in the form of jokes, or his unmatched humorous art, or both. G'wan, I dare ya!

So here is the first part of UNCLE POGO'S So-So-Stories, first print, 1953, including 'Robin Hood To Pay Piper', and 'A Chile's Guardin' Adversus'. What a talented fellow this Walt Kelly was. Enjoy.