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Happy Random Comic Book Friday!

Gonna keep it short and sweet this week; I have a TNA wrestling show at MCU Park in Brooklyn to get to and NY traffic means leaving 3 hours early…

This Friday’s random comics are all about monsters (Journey Into Mystery #86 is actually coming up first, but since I already posted about it this week I disqualified it).

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The Weird.

Bob’s Red Tornado post reminded me of something. That something being just how good DC’s mid 80’s advertisements for their comics were. They had a great technique of taking an impactful image and putting the most cryptic possible text with it.

The Killing Joke? A Brian Bolland drawn image of the Joker at his most depraved and maniacal, pouring out sweat with a thousand HA HA HA’s behind him. Great ad.

The Shadow Strikes? Just a stark image of the creepiest looking Shadow ever, drawn by Bill Sienkiewicz. Great ad.

Wasteland? Wild Dog? Suicide Squad? Great ads, all of them.
(I wish I could find scans online to prove my point, but no luck.)

Which leads us to The Weird. The ad for The Weird was actually just the cover of issue # 1:

The text was different, but still. Tell me that’s not an intriguing image. The Justice League shielding their eyes from the glow of a decaying glowing flying guy. And it’s called The Weird. And it’s drawn by horror comic legend Bernie Wrightson. That sets expectations pretty high, if you ask me.

Alas, as you can see from the other covers, The Weird just turned out to be some energy alien who took a human body and dressed up in a ninja suit to save Earth from other energy aliens. The usual run of the mill DC alien hero fare. Total disappointment. Still, you did get a Wrightson drawn Justice League out of the deal.

The Weird blew up at the end of the series, but he was brought back in 2006’s Mystery In Space and then promptly forgotten about. Hey, what do you want, it’s comics.

The Only One That Matters.

There are a lot of Stephen King comic adaptions around right now. Marvel has The Stand, The Dark Tower, and N; a company called Del Ray is doing The Talisman… and I’m not interested in any of them.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a HUGE Stephen King fan. I really am. And King has always had a good relationship with comics; he was one of the writers for the X-men Heroes For Hope special, he wrote the introduction for Batman #400, and he’s writing the origin story for the lead character in DC/Vertigo’s American Vampire. But I have yet to find anything in the comic book adaptions of his work that succeeds in capturing the intensity of the source material, either in script or art. So there’s really only one Stephen King comic book adaption I have even the slightest interest in:

That’s right. Creepshow. Show me someone who doesn’t love Creepshow and I show you someone who doesn’t love all that is right and good about comic books and horror movies. For me to pick it as the only King comic book adaption that works should surprise pretty much no one, seeing as Creepshow was King and George Romero’s love letter to EC Comics horror anthologies and their ilk. So it stands to reason that things would come full circle, and the movie version of a horror comic would then turn around and be adapted as a horror comic, illustrated by horror comic legend Bernie Wrightson. If you ask me, it’s the only comic adaption of a King work that actually works, let alone matters.

For some reason, these are always put up in Ebay stores for super high BIN prices, so the auction above seems like a pretty good deal if you’re looking to grab it for less than 100 bucks (are those stores serious? Auctions for this usually end at around 30 bucks!). Plus the seller is throwing in the softcover version of Cycle of the Werewolf, a severely under rated (and severely short) King written, Wrightson illustrated, wolfman story. While not a full blown comic, it’s only 120 or so pages, and it’s comic book sized, so it fits better on the shelf with graphic novels than it does with the rest of the Stephen King library.

Highly recommended.

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