Tuesday, 12 January 2016

The Bloody Mermaid!

Sanho Kim is a Korean artist who did a ton of work for Charlton in the Bronze Age, as well as the odd thing for Warren, Skywald and the Marvel b/w mags, and was the first artist working in the manhwa / manga style to work succesfully in the USA.
His art style, though, is a bit of an acquired taste, and it took me a long time to get into it, because pretty it most certainly isn't.
Here's the comic that changed my mind, unusually for Charlton mystery books, a whole issue devoted to one story. Freed from having to fit his idiosyncratic style around sometimes unsuitable American-ish stories, The Bloody Mermaid feels like, and obeys the logic of, a Korean ghost story or fairy tale.
It's mad, fevered and moves at a hundred miles an hour, and if you've ever skipped past Kim's work, and not given it the time it deserves, it might just make you a fan too.


  1. Wow. I had run across Sanho Kim before, but I've never seen this particular story. They should have let Kim do more like this.

  2. Definitely! I'm only just these days discovering how great he was.