Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Creepy 33

TWO issues of Creepy today to make up for the all the recent days I've missed. Pat Boyette handles the cover duties for this issue, featuring his own story, which I'll cover soon. This issue's frontis is "Creepy's Loathsome Lore: Mermaids!" by Tom Sutton.

Up first is "One Too Many!" by William Barry (art) and Buddy Saunders (story). A man leaves a planet killing all of the zoo animals he possesses except for one, which escapes. A year later he comes back with colleagues to retrieve his property, only for the creature who have escaped to have breeded into thousands within the year, which completely overwhelm them.

"Royal Guest" with art and story by Pat Boyette is second. It tells the story of a boy whose grandfather kept a woman locked up in a golden mask. When the grandfather became sick and passed away, the boy brings her food. Years go by and the plague follows him everywhere he goes. Thinking she's actually the Queen, he returns to where the masked woman is, and finds that she had died of the plague long ago and that he was a carrier of the disease and was responsible for spreading it around Europe. Knowing this, he kills himself. Really good story, best of the issue.

"Blue Mum Day" by Reed Crandall (art) and R. Michael Rosen (story) is next. A group of archeologists find an egyptian tomb of a cursed mummy. Inside they also find a glowing meteorite and the mummy, which is an odd blue color. The mummy becomes alive then turns into a blob like creature. While it is trapped in the tomb with the use of dynamite, our heroine ends up turning into a blob like creature as well.

"Dr. Jekyll Was Right" by Tony Williamsune (art) and Bill Warren (story) is our next story. It features a descendent of Dr. Jekyll who pays scientists to create a formula that will bring out the good Mr. Hyde in people. While the formula works, one of the scientists kills him after he uses it. Didn't get that ending.

"I'm Only In It For the Money" by Juan Lopez Ramon (art) and Al Hewetson (story) is fifth, featuring a tv host who travels to see a voodoo tribe. Although they initially let him video tape them, they eventually chop off his head and shrink it.

"The Full Service" by Jack Sparling (art) and Nicola Cuti (story) is next. A man mourning the death of his wife in a car crash is given the opportunity to bring her back to life by the funeral home. He is brought back in time and is given the opportunity to save her. A rare Warren story with a happy ending.

This issue wraps up with "Boxed In" with art and story by Tom Sutton. A boy playing with friends is forced to play a corpse and is buried alive. When adults come, his friends are forced to run off without rescuing him. One of the friends sees the coffin crushed and then sees the boy's ghost. While it ended up being a joke, he ends up trapped in a refridgerator that falls into a body of water, such that he is essentially buried alive.

Overall, a so-so issue. Boyette's story is terrific, and Sutton and Rosen's stories are okay. Nothing particularly special from the remaining stories.

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