Thursday, 15 October 2015
Ripley's Believe It Or Not
Pretty sure I had a Ripley's Believe It Or Not Christmas annual when I was a kid, probably bought by some well-meaning Aunt or Uncle. Well, it's educational, innit? Actually no, not unless you want to grow up to be the kind of adult that spews out 'fascinating facts' rather than actual conversation.
Anyway, that annual had comic strips in it, which must've come from this: Gold Key's Believe It Or Not book, brilliantly subtitled True Demons And Monsters.
Before we get to the actual strips though, what in God's name is going on with that cover?? Is that a real person, or a puppet, or what the hell is it?! That's the creepiest thing I've seen in ages, and it doesn't even appear in the comic, which is worse. What the @*%?!! is it???
And also, check out this ad from the inside: Who wants to be in Dick Dastardly's Vulture Squadron? I think I can speak for everyone here when I say WE ALL DO.
The strips themselves are the usual kind of light mystery stuff you could find over at DC or Charlton, with the added frisson that they're true... Believe It Or Not. And if the art isn't spectacular, it's solid enough, with traces of style in The Devil-Eyed Cat and The Lurking Monster. I also find the one page Horror From Space strangely amusing: You can't even call it a story but as made-up monsters go, a headless bat-thing is right up there.