Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Vampirella 104

A pretty good cover of Vampirella by Enrich for this issue, although Vampi looks extremely pale.

First is "The Wax House!" by Jose Gonzalez (art) and Rich Margopoulos (story). Vampi is invited to a wax museum where they are supposed to make a wax statue of her. But it all ends up being a trap by a former stunt woman back from when Vampi was in Hollywood who was horrifically injured in an accident, such that she needs to wear a mask. She hopes to defeat Vampirella and restore her former beauty by taking hers. However, Vampirella ends up defeating her and gets her dumped into a large vat of wax.

Next is "Death Snare!" part of the Pantha serial. Art is by Jose Ortiz and story is by Margopoulos. Pantha does battle with a Lupae spacewoman who was originally introduced in an earlier Vampirella storyline that I have not yet covered on this blog. Pantha convinces her to leave by using the death of a real Panther. After a fairly long running story in this serial things seem to be falling back into a rut again.

Third is the latest entry in the Fox serial, "Jaded" by Luis Bermejo (art) and Nicola Cuti (story). Sha-Ming and her uncle are captured by pirates. She convinces her uncle to let himself be temporarily turned into a jade statue. Only when she tries to reclaim him from a store to turn him back to normal, the statue is dropped and shatters! Quite an interesting turn of events!

Fourth is "Jeremy", a new series. This series, written and illustrated by Paul Gillon, was originally printed in Europe in the early 1970's before being reprinted here. Rudy Nebres provided a one page splash page for this story. This story is about a young boy stranded at sea after the ship he is on is stricken by the plague and they force him out so he won't get it. He lands on what appears to be a deserted island, but is captured by natives, who he is able to escape from due to a fellow prisoner helping. He escapes from them, but finds bats plauging him as he tries to find shelter.

Fifth is the second and concluding part of "Missing You" by Leopold Sanchez (art) and Bruce Jones (story). Where the first story took place from the husband's perspective, this story is told from the perspective of his blind wife, who lies motionless on the cliff after falling. Her husband tries to come down and rescue her but falls to his apparant death. A depressing end to a very good two-parter. This short two part series completely overshadowed the drivel that Margopoulos had been providing in Vampi for quite a lengthy time at this point. Unfortunate that this was it for Bruce Jones in this magazine.

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