Tuesday, November 23, 2010

THE WEIRD WORLD OF EERIE PUBLICATIONS!

The Weird World of Eerie Publications
By Mike Howlett
Introduction by Stephen R. Bissette
Hardcover: 340 pages
Feral House (November 30, 2010)

Buy this book, you scurrilous dogs! Here's the LINK!

Why, you ask? You ungrateful scum. After all I've done for you, you dare to question my edict? What? I really haven't done that much for you? Oh. Well, in that case, here are a few good reasons why I recommend this book so highly.

First: It's big and beautiful. In the old days, we'd call this a coffee table book. It's 340 pages long, printed on hard, slick paper; and bound to last as least as long the Gutenberg Bible. Hey, looks matter, as does quality. This isn't some cheapie paperback with a split spine waiting to happen.

Second: The content is incredible. For the Eerie Pub junkie, this isn't some lame hit of methadone. Kids, this is the straight H without a trace of powdered milk! Within you will find the frantic, slavering-for-bucks history of Eerie Publications under the stewardship of Myron Fass, who published magazines like a rabid squirrel burying nuts (some of my favorite titles published by the House of Fass include Gasm, Quick, and Dave Clark 5 Vs. the Beatles). Particularly pleasing was the chapter entitled "Cutting Corners and Pasting Them" in which author Howlett discusses in hair-raising detail the down and dirty concessions Eerie Pub made to any semblance of publishing standards, cobbling together art and art by-products without shame or mercy.

Third: This book is a first-class research tool. It contains an exhaustive story index, much biographical data on the nefarious, gun-totting Mr. Fass; as well as one chapter I simply thank my maker for entitled, "Brought To You By," which is devoted to the artists of Eerie Pub. As one who has Googled his fingers down to stumps looking for info about Oscar Fraga, Antonio Reynoso, Cirilo Munoz, or any of the other ghost-like images that poured black ink on pulp paper for EP, I can tell you it's a thankless, goddamned task. Honestly, I've counted myself lucky to find some limp-dick paragraph on Lambiek. Well, I now have a ready reference! I mean, they're all here! Alberto Macagno; Ruben Marchionne; Mandrafina; Romero - and many more! God loves you, Mr. Howlett!

Fourth: There's a cover gallery!

Fifth: There's a cover gallery!

In summation, all Eerie Pub fans owe Mr. Howlett a pat on the back for this beauty. Hell's bells, there's even a new story by Eerie Pub God, Dick Ayers. No kidding, I bought two. Here's that link again: LINK!

8 comments:

KW said...

Hey! I've been watching this and waiting for it to go up for sale. Thanks for the heads up!

prof. grewbeard said...

thanx for the review Mykal, i've been curious...

Mike H said...

You are beyond kind, my good man! Thank you! Pleasing YOU, Pub blogger extraordinaire, makes me very happy indeed!

Hopefully, this tome will help, in some small way, to show the world that this stuff is just as worthy (in its own way) as the "better" comics out there!

At least to us cretins, that is!

Guy Bell said...

Mike, I just want to start off saying that your book is a masterpiece worth several times the price. I can imagine how difficult (and possibly dangerous) it was to uncover all the info and bios.
My only surprise was the Dick Ayers story. I would never have guessed that was Ayers' art. His style has changed much since Eerie.

Mike H said...

Guy- Mr. Ayers was well into his 80s when he drew that (2 years ago) and it's true, his hand isn't as sure as it once was. I'm still pretty happy with the result, though. I mean... it's Dick Ayers!!

The best part of it was the emails he'd send with updates. He was giddy with happiness... "Just like working for Carl and Myron"!

I swear, I never pulled a gun on him!

Mykal said...

Mike: It was a real thrill to see Mr. Ayers' contributuion to the book. I absolutely loved his story and felt it one of the best aspects of the book. The fact that the legend enjoyed himself makes it a blessed moment in time and says everything that needs be said for Eerie Pub fans.

Guy Bell said...

Mike, you are very fortunate to have worked with him and I'm grateful to see stories from Mr. Ayers that I've never seen. Dick Ayers is always the first artist that I think of when Eerie Pubs are mentioned and you can see his influence all over my own comic art. If you click on "Cult of Horror" blog in my profile it shows a series I'm working on (minus 2 pages that I'm still inking) that I've tried to include several Eerie trademarks (ripped cheeks, drooping eyeballs).
Again, thanks for a great book,

Mykal said...

Guy: Excellent work.