Rating: 5/5 – Some of the best creators in comics, all in one book.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
Eerie number two carried the headline, “All New Terror Tales in the Creepy Tradition”. On the bottom of the beautiful Frank Frazetta cover it states, “Collector’s Edition”. So just why is this second issue a collector’s edition? Before we get into the actual review of the book, let’s take a look back at why this second issue can really be considered the first.
In 1966, publisher Jim Warren wanted to publish a second black and white horror magazine since Creepy was a sales success. He also wanted to give Uncle Creepy, the host of the Creepy book, an adversary. When Warren found out that a rival publisher was planning on using the name Eerie, he had Archie Goodwin and letterer Gaspar Saladino create an ashcan edition, printing only 200 copies so he can claim ownership of the title. With the title Eerie now owned by Warren, official distribution began with this second issue, with Cousin Eerie as the host.
Eight stories fill this fifty-page magazine with some great writing, and of course amazing art, starting with the Frazetta cover. Included in this issue is art by Gene Colan, Gray Morrow and Alex Toth just to name a few. Although the stories in this issue we’re not as strong as the stories in the first issue of Creepy, there are still some entertaining tales. The stand-out tale is the seventh story titled Vision of Evil. In this story an art collector finds a new and unknown painter in the art world. The problem…he’s locked up in an insane asylum. Alex Toth’s art in this story is beautiful. Known for his ability to visually tell a story, Toth doesn’t disappoint here. In just six short pages, he’s able to tell a rich and complete tale.
Flame Fiend, written by Eando Binder and drawn by Gray Morrow is another highlight. After blowing up his business partner in a car and stealing thousands of dollars, and then of course getting away with it, John Murdock thinks he’s got it made. Except afterwards, whenever there’s fire, whether it be from a fireplace or even lighting a match, his old partner haunts him through the flames. Morrow draws each panel with such a unique perspective that every page stands out. Picking just two of the stories inside to write about was tough as each one has it’s charm.
Overall, Eerie number two is a classic and a worthy addition to it’s sister publication Creepy. Smart stories with breathtaking art. It’s a must read, and the easiest way to get these stories today is to look for the 1st volume of the Eerie Archives.
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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