Here's a beautiful piece from Budd Lewis & Jose Ortiz, from Creepy #75. One of the many great things about Warren magazines is the way the books' ostensible remit of horror, horror and more horror was quite often ignored, resulting in wonderfully dark fables like The Escape Chronicle.
This is 1984 via 1975, and though very much of it's time, the story's message still works. It may be all too easy to chuckle at the two protagonists ( particularly blissful hippie Charlie ), but even these days, there are Bernie's & Charlie's trying to escape a restrictive, uncaring society. Plus ca change and all that.
Maybe this is a horror story after all.
We've had a request, and for once it's NOT 'Will you ever stop banging on about Bronze Age comics, no one cares, why don't you tell us about the latest crossover event that'll change Marvel's entire universe permanently and forever?!'
Well, have you seen Original Sin? Somebody stole The Watcher's eye?!! What next, Medusa's hair? Subby's ankle wings? Lockjaw's dinner bowl???
I digress. Nyloian has asked to see the second part of the beautiful Steel Claw / Jesus Blasco piece I posted a while back. So here we go with the best black & white 50's horror movie you've never seen:
Vaughn Bode would've been 73 today, so let's celebrate. Unfortunately, we can't all sit on a mountaintop contemplating our place in the universe whilst engaging in wildly inventive sex and ingesting gargantuan amounts of hallucinogens, as Vaughn would like us to, so if you're not able to fit that into your schedule today, here's the next best thing.
Here's the legendary Cartoon Gooroo in interview AND in concert AND in combination with Berni Wrightson. Not the best quality clips, but beggars can't be choosers as there's so little of Da Bode on film. Enjoy!
And here's some beautiful work from Bode & Berni, from Swank magazine circa 1971.
Bode asked Wrightson to chip in on this strip, as he was struggling to make deadlines, but unfortunately, the partnership didn't last long. According to Vaughn: ' Berni nearly OD'd on the 'tits and ass ' cartoons, he couldn't stand it and wanted to go back to the Swamp Thing '
So enjoy what there is, 'cos it's fantastic. It's also, obviously, very much adults only, so don't go looking at it at work, ok? Unless, of course, you happen to work at Swank magazine...
And what would today be without some Cheech Wizard?
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I think the 1970's was the best era in comics' history. And I can prove it...
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