7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
There's no question that Berni Wrightson is one of the great horror story illustrators of all time and this is a good selection of his early work. Accompanying stories are numerous frontispieces from the two magazines mostly in colour, though the stories, with one exception, are in black and white.
What Amazon's blurb doesn't mention is that not all of the stories are actually drawn by Wrightson. Two of them are him inking Carmine Infantino's pencils to no great effect. Infantino being such a distinct stylist, there's no real apparent trace of Wrightson. Another is him inking Howard Chaykin. Although Chaykin's art is unmistakable, this is more of a collaboration with Wrightson's contribution being clearly visible and making it all the more interesting for it.
Many of the stories have been reprinted before but this is a nice collection to have.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2012
Dark Horse present this volume in their usual top quality manner.
Whilst anyone collection the "Creepy" and "Eerie" archives will eventually already have the pieces contained within this volume it's splendid to have all Wrightson's work for those magazine collected between two covers.
The page count is about half of that of a "Creepy Archive" and is therefore reflected in the price.
If I had one complaint it's that the book is not issued with a dust jacket like the archive releases.
Otherwise a top quality book with superb art and stories.
on 22 September 2013
I think this book has been desired by many people for a very long time. These stories made a huge impact on me first time I read them. At his best, Wrightson gave you the type of stuff you always wanted to see in horror comics but rarely ever got. I really liked the tender dark love stories by Bruce Jones too. Not all the stories are great, but for me this book is essential. If you like this book, track down a collaboration Jones/Wrightson did called Freak Show.
I seen a lot of this stuff first in a 5 issue series called Bernie Wrightson: Master Of The Macabre from publishers Pacific and Eclipse. It was colored but it was an unusually good standard of color and I don't think it taken away anything from the art. That series is still worth tracking down since there is still so much Wrightson material from his peak that has no definitive collection yet. I'd also love to see Purple Pictography (his collaboration with Vaughn Bode) get another printing.
To my taste, Wrightson from the 80s and onwards was only worthwhile when he is self-indulgent in the extreme. His sketchbook series was the last thing I really liked by him.
((The star rating represents how much I want you to buy this item and should not be taken as a measurement of artistic merit))
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2012
High quality print, great collection. I hope they keep publishing old runs of Creepy as they are Creeptastic!
The Richard Corbin edition is another "must have" for the fan of horror comics.
The editions are creepier than Jimmy Saville's "boardgames cellar".