Saturday, April 26, 2008

Vampirella 67

The cover of this issue features Barbara Leigh dressed as Vampirella, in the first of about a half a dozen or so covers featuring her. The Vampirella story for this issue is "The Glorious Return of Sweet Baby Theda" by Jose Gonzalez (art) and Bill Dubay (story). Vampirella and Pantha head to Hollywood and immediately get picked by an old woman, Theda to take part in a movie about her. In actuality, Theda seeks to take Vampi's face and Pantha's body and attempt her own comeback. Luckily for our heroines, Theda's butler saves them and they are able to escape.

"The Quest" by Ramon Torrents (art) and Budd Lewis (story) is next. This story features an Amazoness-esque heroine who tries to save a holy city from a group of barbarians. In the city she finds a group of dead lords as well as a pair of bizarre pillars made up of naked people who ask her to join them. After saving the city from the Barbarians she does so. The final page reveals that the entire city is actually a giant spaceship of aliens whose time goes much, much slower than ours. All the humans in the pillars end up being used as fuel for the ship. Quite an interesting story here.

"Fish Bait" by Alex Nino (art) and Nicola Cuti (story) is next. It features an underground city that is overrun by sea monster. The entire human populace of the city end up being used as fishbait for the fish people who live nearby.

"Home Sweet Horologium" is next, by Paul Neary (art) and Nicola Cuti (story). This story is about an Earth colony that keeps being attacked by a large creature, 'Dathra'. A man goes after the creature and harms it, but it ends up the creature was actually his son, who, as the first born on the colony ended up turning into a monster at night. Having harmed him, the boy remains a monster permanently.

"Choice Cuts" by Russ Heath (art) and Cary Bates (story) is next, a very short story at only three pages long. Its about a man and fiance who crash in the desert and are stranded for over two months. Eventually the man is forced to feed her by chopping his own legs off and feeding them to her. Pretty good story here.

Last is "The Last Dragon King" by Esteban Maroto (art) and Roger McKenzie (story). This story, which is in color features a reptilian humanoid hero and his dragon pet who fight a number of other reptilian creatures. Not McKenzie or Maroto's best hour here.

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