Monday, 1 February 2016

Coffin The Living Dead-Man

Coffin was a great character whose story only ran in four issues of Eerie, when for me, he could've easily gone on much longer. He belongs to the sub-genre of Weird Western, as more-or-less begun by Jonah Hex, and still going strong these days in excellent series like Billy The Kid's Old Timey Oddities.
He's a nameless bad guy cursed with immortality and looking for redemption, though as you'll see, as this is a Warren series hero, immortal doesn't mean invincible.
Because he's drawn by Jose Ortiz, Coffin is a walking pile of pulped flesh, every wound and torment visible. And because he's written by Budd Lewis, he's not particularly likeable and is in fact barely a hero at all.
When the 'Eerie series heroes' first began, the avowed intention was to stand out from Marvel & DC's characters, by ensuring that each series would come to a definite end, and each hero could, and often would, die.
Coffin goes a couple of steps further than that. It doesn't matter how hard he tries to redeem himself, he's already in Hell.
Here's the first two episodes.


  1. Ortiz was the perfect artist for this, but then he could draw anything.

    It was one of my favorite Eerie serials along with Night of the Jackass that you covered earlier too.

  2. Dunno if you've spotted it, Diego, but there's some more prime Ortiz on my 'Persuaders' post of a couple of days ago, too. At least, I'm saying it's Jose, and no one's disagreed with me yet.