Tuesday, July 27, 2010

"Monster Town" & "Werewolf"

More, More, MORE you cry; you gore-slavered minions – you pitch-soiled things! Do your unnatural cravings have no bottom? Is there no satisfying your need for scarlet rivers? For limb-tearing carnage? For sheer, primal torture and dark practice?

Yeah, that’s what I thought. Me neither.

Before we continue to hack pieces off Weird Vol. II No. 1, March 1978; I extend thanks to Mike (the man) Howlett (for more on Mr. Howlett, please check sidebar). Mike was able to identify the artist for our first tale, “Monster Town;” which was the first published story of Eerie Pub. stalwart, Ruben Marchionne. Within this twisted yarn of the beautiful and the ugly, Marchionne displays an excellent grasp of anatomy. It is my firm belief that boys become cartoonists so that they can draw hot girls and dinosaurs. Mr. Marchionne clearly had the former down pat for his first professional assignment.

“Werewolf” is unsigned but it is Sooo A. Reynoso. The man just draws the hell of the shadows of life (and afterlife as well). About “Werewolf,” Table of Contents says: ”Terrifying evil gurgles from the beast’s throat as it spreads icy fear among the inseparable three.”

This last delicious morsel is the back cover. I. Love. This.

This issue still has some meat on it’s bones. We will flay it clean next post with “The Ghoul” and “The Cat Is Evil.”

10 comments:

prof. grewbeard said...

strange to have a pin-up on the back cover instead of the last page of the last story, as was their usual practice. did they stop doing that at some point i wonder, or was this just a one-off? great thing to put on the wall of your room and disgust your parents with, though!

Mykal Banta said...

Prof.: That was a bit unusual. I haven't seen that done in any other issue. There is another one coming from the inside front cover next post. I think these are a small section of one of their great covers, enlarged and printed in black & white. The effect is really cool. I would love one of those painted covers. I wonder if any still exist in a collection somewhere?

Guybell said...

Regarding the covers, I've only seen one auctioned. The medium was listed as watercolor but it was really a collage because figures had been cut out and glued to the board. Most articles I've read claim this as the reason for the scarcity of original artwork.
I own around 20 of these now so...about 260 to go.
Great posts.

Mykal Banta said...

Guybell: Great info. Fascinating to imagine the art directors or whoever physically cutting out pieces to match together in a composition. No wonder originals are so hard to come by. They were just all cut up into pieces, I guess! Wow.

Guybell said...

Mykal, have you had any look finding these at comic conventions? I can think of better ways to spend a weekend but If there are Sellers of these magazines I would attend one.

Mykal Banta said...

guybell: I have only been to one comic convention recently (Megacon in Orlando, FL) and there was nothing there. Other conventions I can't say, but I doubt it. I have had much better luck looking online at ebay and other online sources. -- Mykal

Karswell said...

Friend of mine said he saw an orignal Eerie cover painting one time at San Diego con back in the early 90s... the guy was a comic seller and was overheard talking to someone about it, technically he wasn't selling it (he just had it hanging up for display) but he said if someone made him a great offer he could part with it. Apparently it wasn't very much bigger than a typical mag cover too which is surprising to me as these covers seem so much larger than life-- and death! haha

Mykal Banta said...

Karswell: Wow! I had always imagined them being huge! I will never foget how they nearly glowed on the mag rack.

prof. grewbeard said...

oh, yeah, by the way...

Werewolf? Therewolf!

Mykal Banta said...

Yuk yuk!