Saturday, April 27, 2013
GHOST MANOR #2 December 1971
The first story, "It Will Roam Tonight" is a standout. This appears to have been written by Ditko himself, as it is literally overflowing with his Objectivist/Randian philosophy.
The middle story, by Charles Nicholas and Vince Alacsia seems out of place in the context of the Ditko bookends. While not a subpar tale, it doesn't hold the higher standards of the other two.
The final story is downright incredible. Ditko's art is mesmerizing, and effectively (and creepily) conveys the musician's spiral into madness.
How these Ditko stories have yet to see a modern day reprint is beyond me, as they are prime examples of him delivering the goods, and then some--exceeding beyond expectations.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
CREEPY THINGS #5 April 1976
This issue features a beautiful cover by Richard Larson (alas, he doesn't contribute to any interior art), the absence of backgrounds helping to accentuate to the terror in the subjects face.
Interior art by Steve Ditko with yet another Joe Gill story about cats, though this one is a notch above similar themed tales by the duo.Stalwart team of Nicholas and Alascia turn in a tale that's also better than the average mystery/horror trope, and the Recreo Studio illustrate one of Paul Kupperberg's earliest stories.
Of note is the letters pages , in which Charlton expresses their continued appreciation and support of the fanzine community.
A fine issue all around.
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