Sunday, September 28, 2008

Vampirella 108

Yet another Enrich cover starts off this issue of Vampirella. Jose Gonzalez provides artwork for the table of conents.

First is "Spawn of the Star Beast" by Jose Gonzalez (art) and Rich Margopoulos (story). Vampi once again fights a star beast who arrives on Earth from a meteor and starts attacking people so it can spread its spawn around the Earth. Vampi and Conrad are able to defeat the monster.

Next is the second part of "Sweetwater Nessie" by Auraleon (art) and Don McGregor (story). Our heroes look for the Loch Ness Monster to photograph it, but instead it ends up being captured and apparantely killed. The series ended abrubtly here and was not concluded in Vampi's two final non-reprint issues.

Third is "Circus Monstrous", which ended up being Pantha's final story. Art is by Jose Ortiz and story is by David Allikas. Pantha along with Arrowsmith search for a man who can turn into a Panther like her. They arrive at a circus with a freak show with many part animal part human freaks. The freaks are all artificial, products of surgery but end up getting revenge on the owner and turn him into a freak like them.

Fourth is "The Beast Lies Sleeping", the latest 'The Fox' story, by Luis Bermejo (art) and Nicola Cuti. Our heroes continue with their quest, this time heading to an archaeological site. By this point I've grown pretty bored with this series.

Fifth is the third part of "Jeremy" by Paul Gillon (story & art). Rudy Nebres provides an uncredited first page. Jeremy has headed out to sea, only to be picked up by a group of pirates. There he is forced to be a servant for a young girl who is a hostage of theirs. Eventually some man of war ships arrive, there is a big battle and the ship is destroyed, but both Jeremy and the girl, Dona Aurelia make it out okay.

Last story is "Torpedo, 1936" by Alex Toth (art) and Sanchez Abuli (story). This story was originally printed in the spanish version of Creepy. It features a hit man who falls in love with a girl he has been hired to kill, so he lets her live and uses her clothes to claim credit for killing her. Eventually the money runs out and she starts seeing other men behind his back, so he ends up hiring someone to kill her.

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