Saturday, September 27, 2008

Creepy 41

This issue of Creepy features a rather odd looking cover by Ken Smith. The frontis for this issue is "Creepy's Loathsome Lore: The Hangman of London" by Richard Bassford.

First is "The Thing in Loch Ness", Bruce Jones's Creepy Debut. He provides both the story and art here. Bruce Jones would later become Creepy's best writer during the Louise Jones era. A man in Scotland falls in love with a bar owner's wife. They plot to kill the owner, who is hit by a car and tossed into Loch Ness. The man, seeking to pay off their debts so they can head to America, creates a fake Loch Ness Monster using an inflatable creature. It works, tourism goes up tremendously enabling them to pay off their debts. But when he heads back in the Loch Ness to get rid of the fake creature, the true Loch Ness Monster and the Bar Owner's corpse are there waiting for him.

Next is "Skipper's Return" by Ernie Colon (story & art). A rather interesting story about a chimp being sent out to space. He sends messages to his former trainer, and comes back to Earth, now evolved such that he can talk, and gets revenge by having his trainer sent out to space himself.

The Bill Dubay story "The Final Ingredient" is third. This is yet another solo story with Dubay handling both the art and story. A young woman wants a man to fall in love with her, so she asks her aunt, a witch to create a potion to make that happen. The witch needs a man's head, so the young woman sets up an axe to chop off a traveler's head. This works, and the potion is successful. The young woman and her lover ride off, only to have their heads chopped off by the axe.

Fourth is "Prelude to Armageddon" by Wally Wood (art) and Wally Wood & Nicola Cuti (story). Some very sexy art by Wood in this story about a medieval war between various creatures such as centaurs, minotaurs and other creatures. The moon explodes during the battle, dealing heavy damage to the Earth and wiping out the battlers, leading to our society many milleniums later.

Fifth is "Extra Censory Perception" by Gary Kaufman (art) and Steve Skeates (story). This story is about a comic book editor who goes crazy with censorship. Walking down the street, he kills a man asking for a match when he finds a knife on him, then kills a young woman because her skirt is too short. The police find him crazy, stamping the logo "censored" with her blood.

The issue concludes with "A Tangible Hatred" by Richard Corben (art) and Don McGregor (story). A very incomprehensible poor story from McGregor which has some very nice Corben artwork. It features a rotting corpse hitchhiker who is created due to people's hatred. The story features, Detective Turner, a recurring character in many McGregor stories. As is often seen from him, absolute crap from McGregor with a lot of political/hippie nonsense.

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