|dr_hermes (dr_hermes) wrote in scans_daily,|
@ 2009-05-31 20:05:00
|Entry tags:||publisher: warren|
Vampires on talk shows. What is the world coming to?
I haven't been following scans_daily much lately. Interest seems mostly on current super-hero comics, mostly Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and the Batman colony. But I thought some here might like a look at one of the odder strips of the past.
Warren's CREEPY and EERIE started out like gangbusters, black & white horror comics illustrated by hall of fame artists. Some CREEPY and EERIE stories were better than some EC (which had their share of duds, like anyone). But after Archie Goodwin left, Warren magazines ran to the edge of the quality cliff and jumped off. By the time 1984 was started (imitating HEAVY METAL, I suppose), things were dire. The magazine had lots of decent art, but the stories were gross-outs aiming at being offensive rather than provocative, crass rather than thought-provoking. There was almost nothing in 1984 (which changed to 1994 after the George Orwell estate had something to say) worth saving. But I did like REX HAVOC (AND THE ASS-KICKERS OF THE FANTASTIC).