Friday, November 7, 2008

Vampirella 66

This issue features a cover by Enrich with Vampirella vs. Pantha.

First is "To Be a Bride in Death" by Jose Gonzalez (art) and Bill Dubay (story). Vampirella heads down to Drakulon where she has visions of those on Drakulon before its destruction, including her husband Tristan. Eventually she encounters Pantha, who joins Vampirella for a long run after this story. This story is notable for revealing Vampirella's age, 26 as of this story, which caused some outcry by those in the letter column a few issues later.

Second is "Down Under" by Luis Bermejo (art) and Bruce Jones (story). This story is about a marine biologist in world war 2 searching for a mermaid. A woman who is actually working against him befriends him, but fakes being the mermaid to mislead him. Eventually a real mermaid shows up however, and ends up saving his life.

Third is "Picture Complete" by Gonzalo Mayo (art) and Bruce Jones (story). A man discovers a painting of an Egyptian princess under a plain painting bought by his wife (the painting is the cover of Eerie 23 painted by Frank Frazetta). The man becomes completely obsessed with painting, trying at all costs to ensure its safety and eventually stops going to work in order to stare at it all day. He then tries to construct it for real using a brain damaged woman he hits with a car. The painting soon comes to life however, claiming his life.

Fourth is "The Blazer" by Jose Ortiz (art) and Bruce Jones (story). This story is about a man who is hired to help out a planet being colonized by getting rid of a pesky martian who has been interfering with things. The man eventually finds the martian, an old friend, and is forced to kill him when the martian refuses to go anywhere.

This issue concludes with the one page endings to the stories from the previous issue. These endings have been previously covered by me in the coverage for issue 65.

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