Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Vampirella 21

Enrich provides the cover for this issue of Vampirella, showing Vampi in the desert with a skull as the sun. Bill Dubay provides the two page "Mind-Benders" on the front and back inside covers.

First is "Slitherers of the Sand" by Jose Gonzalez (art) and Steve Englehart (story, as 'Chad Archer'). A fairly good story to kick of Engleheart's short run at writing Vampi, which would last only 3 issues. In this issue Vampi, the Van Helsings and Dracula are transported to the desert where they encounter an extremely ugly giant slug which ends up killing itself when Vampi tricks it into traveling over its own waste.

Next is "A Legend", the latest "Tomb of the Gods" story by Esteban Maroto (story & art). Like most of the stories in this series it just isn't all that great, about a man, Altik the warrior who is used by the Gods. Yawn.

Third is "Paranoia" by Luis Garcia (art) and Steve Skeates (story). A rather confusing story about a man put into deadly situations by a bizarre group of creatures. He eventually meets his end when a train car hits him. Unfortunately this would be Garcia's last story for Warren, although they would reprint stories he had done elsewhere in 1975.

Last is "The Vampiress Stalks the Castle This Night" by Felix Mas (art) and Don McGregor (story). A fairly good story about a pair of 17 year olds who have gotten pregnant who come across a large castle occupied by a vampiress. They are luckily able to stop her and escape. Some very nice art by Mas, much of which was used within the inside covers of the Warren companion.


Rich said...

I really like this blog. I was an avid read of Warren magazines in the 1970's, and your reviews bring back a lot of good memories. My only suggestion is that you post the date of each magazine.

Quiddity said...

I shall do that going forward, thanks for the comment, Rich! :) Never occured to me to do that, but given the fact that for Creepy and Vampi I jump all over the place with my review, probably makes sense to do so.