Thursday, November 6, 2008

Eerie 87

This issue of Eerie features a reprint of Frank Frazetta's cover for Vampirella 7.

First is the latest segment of the Rook, "Prisoner in a Chinese Fortune Cookie or Bad Bad Granny Gadget!" by Luis Bermejo (art) and Bill Dubay (story). The Rook is absent entirely from this story, as he had vanished entirely in the prior story. Rather, this story stars Bishop Dane and Manners, who battle the Granny of the title, who is related to a competitor of the Rook that could never compete at the same level as the Rook and killed himself. They manage to defeat her and by the end of the story receive a message from the Rook, still alive, who says he's in a chinese fortune cookie!

Second is the third Scallywag story, "The Black Demon's Sword" by Jose Ortiz (art) and Budd Lewis (story). Sullivan befriends Hickey Lubus, a man whom he plays poker with. Lubus has a cane which is revealed to be both a key and a special sword that is related to a black demon. As usual, Sullivan is encountered by a group of samurais and ninjas whom he fights and is able to defeat.

Third is "Years & Mind Forever", the conclusion to the Within You Without You trilogy. Art is by Richard Corben and story is by Bruce Jones. In this story it is revealed that Lydecker has been setting up everyone, and that many of the trips into the past have actually been staged by him and an actress pretending to be Karen. Meanwhile he himself has actually made it to the past where he has found the ancestor of humanity. The scientists send another telepath after him and he finds Lydecker in a lab with the ancient man. During a struggle with 'Karen' however the ancestor is shot by him, wiping out humanity. A terrific end to a terrific trilogy, which would be ranked as one of the top 10 Warren series in the Warren companion.

Fourth is "Second Wish", the third story in the Gaffer series. Art is by Leo Duranona and story is by Roger McKenzie. A young woman being abused by the sheriff and people of a small town encounters an alien creature who takes the form of a human being. They have sex, making her pregnant with an alien baby. Gaffer and Jamie help her escape from a mob and she gives birth to the alien baby, but is killed by the sheriff soon after. The aliens arrive, and believing the baby to be their messiah, depart with it.

Fifth is "The Incredible Illusions of Ira Israel" by Leopold Sanchez (art) and Roger McKenzie (story). The Ira of the title is a magician at a carnival who creates the illusion of turning his wife into a werewolf by applying makeup to her while the lights are out. When a full moon arrives, a werewolf actually attacks, and she is accused of being it. But the truth is that Ira is actually the werewolf and while he escapes from the people coming after his wife, she ends up dying due to him.

Sixth is Hunter 3, in "What Price Oblivion" by Alex Nino (art) and Jim Stenstrum (story). This is Nino's solo story debut for Warren. Unlike the other two Hunter series, this is a parody, told in a single story. A young boy, Max Halibut dons the Hunter Helmet and with his "Exterminator Dingo" goes on a quest to defeat the frog people. Along the way he meets a young girl, Twyla Smyla who joins him on his quest. While battling the frog people he encounters his mother, who is a frog woman leader. Twyla is revealed to be his father! Quite a bizarre but funny story.

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