Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Vampirella 72

This issue of Vampirella features yet another cover by Enrich.

First is Vampirella in "The Beauty and the Behemoth" by Jose Gonzalez (art) and Bill Dubay (story). A special effects man whose had no luck with women kidnaps Vampirella during the shooting of a movie when he occupies the inside of a robot behemoth that Pendragon was meant to pilot. Vampirella with Pantha's help manages to rescue herself and things turn out good for everyone.

Next is "The Eyes Have It" by Auraleon (story & art). A man and his wife move into a new home where he hopes to write a book. Inside the house however is a large face on the wall that absorbs their minds as food, turning them into old people.

Third is "Fruitcake" by Azpiri (art) and Bill Dubay (story). This story tells of a young boy who is able to see ghosts that no one else can see. A sort of precursor to the Sixth Sense, although this story has a rather abrubt, dissappointing ending.

Fourth is this issue's color story, "Scherezade" by Esteban Maroto (art) and Bill Dubay (story). This story tells of a Sultan who gets upset over his wife's infidelity, having her killed. He goes to see his brother, a fellow sultan, and both soon share the same feelings. The sultan sleeps with a beautiful woman from his kingdom each night, but has them killed afterwards so they can't betray him like his wife did. Eventually almost all the women are dead. The old man bringing them to the Sultan is forced to bring the Sultan his daughter, Scherezade, but by telling him a long story without an ending she is able to keep herself alive, making herself his permanent wife. Some very attractive art by Maroto in this story.

Fifth is "Invasion of the Cyclops Monsters" by Jose Ortiz (art) and Nicola Cuti (story). An astronaut comes back to Earth, a hundred years after he left. The world is in ruins, with alien monster having taken over most of the Earth. Obsessed with watching television, the aliens have captured humans recreate shows for thems.

Last is "A Nightmare for Mrs. Agatha" by Leo Duranona (art) and Guillermo Saccomanno (story). This issue appears to have been originally printed in Spain given the author. It is about an old woman in a large house which has a pair of crooks breaking in during a thunder storm. Additional stories from Saccomanno and Duranona appeared in Eerie around the same time as this issue, under the series title "Fallen Angels".

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