Sep 21, 2009

Graphic Novel Review: Creepy Archives Vol. 1

Vampire, werewolf, repeat. Who knew horror comics were like washing hair?

What can I say about an anthology consisting of horror comics from the 1960s? Well, my mom once said, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Fortunately that sentiment doesn’t apply to us reviewers.

Creepy Archive Volume 1 collects issues 1-5, originally printed between 1964 and 1966. Even though Creepy may look, feel and dare I say, smell, like a comic book, technically speaking, it’s a magazine. Or was a magazine. The original run was printed larger than comics of it’s day to get around that pesky Comic Code Authority. Vampires, witchcraft and pretty much everything else in the book were on their naughty list and the format allowed publisher Jim Warren the creative freedom he so desired. Alas, Creepy does not withstand the test of time for me. With few exceptions the book bored me to tears. I wasn’t kidding when I said vampire, werewolf, repeat. I felt as if I were reading the same stories over and over again. Stories about vampires, werewolves and all manner of corpses lay the foundation for several other varied horror tales all with easily predictable outcomes.

Read the rest of my review at the Girls Entertainment Network!

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