Monday, September 8, 2008

Creepy 143

Creepy's second to last all original issue, and the last one that I own as I don't own a copy of Creepy's final issue as of this writing.

First is "The Spectator Who Wept" by Isidro Mones(art) and Don McGregor (story). This story marks Mones's return to Warren after a long absence, his second. With his original run at Warren he was one of their best artists. After his first absence his art became quite poor. Here for a third time with Warren his art is fairly good, not as good as his mid 70's stuff, but a hell of a lot better than what he was doing in the late 70's/early 80's. At 28 pages this is the longest self contained story in Warren history. The story features aliens who take all the children on Earth away from their parents because they feel they are being mistreated. Luckily one man is able to convince them that by taking the kids away they are also doing harm to them, so the aliens give them back.

Second is "Moral Blood", a continuation of a story started in issue 141, about monsters in the wild west. Art is by Al Sanchez and story is by Don McGregor. Like the first, a poor, poor story which I'm not gonna bother going in anymore detail about.

Third is "Welcome Home Stranger!" by Martin Salvador (art) and Gerry
Boudreau (story). This story is about a man who returns to the town where his parents were murdered, supposedly by his sister. Through investigation he realizes that his parents were brother and sister and have a freakish monster child that they abandoned. He was eventually killed by town law enforcement. It ended up that a friend of his, a neighbor, killed the parents because she was mad over his death. A fairly good story.

Last is "The Continuing Story of HG Well's The Invisible Man" by Alex Nino (art) and Gerry Boudreau (story). This story features the son of the Invisible Man arriving and getting a doctor to help him get into a mental institution where he kills the creator of the invisibility formula, then frames the doctor to take the rap.

Aside from Moral Blood, this an extremely good issue considering it came around a time when Warren was at its absolute worst.


Anonymous said...

Another great post. Very informative. I just ordered a bunch of issues inspired by your blog. Actually, I was never interested in 1984/1994 until your blog and so I ordered 5 issues to start my collection. Thanks for getting me so interested in all of the Warren books. This is the best blog.
PS--I would love to read a review of that weird Heidi magazine that Warren put out in the early 70's. That is if you have it, as I've heard it's really hard to come by.

Quiddity said...

GL with 1984/94! Its got some very good stories, but some very terrible ones too :P Some of the best art I've ever seen though, particularly in the early issues as mentioned here.

Alas, I don't own the Heidi Saha book. One of Warren's hardest to find publications I've heard. :P