Thursday, 25 February 2016
H.P. Lovecraft At Marvel
Anyone who's read any H.P. Lovecraft knows that trying to adapt him to another medium is a fool's errand. The whole point of his work, even more than any other horror writer, is that the reader imagines, and sees for themself, the terrors in Lovecraft's stories. And make no mistake, Lovecraft IS terrifying.
So that, when someone else imagines it for you, it's a bit of a letdown. It's like Stephen King said in Danse Macabre: The creature behind the door is always scarier than when the door opens and you actually see it. Y'know, it's only a seven foot monster with dripping fangs, I thought it'd be a twenty foot monster with dripping fangs...
That didn't stop those pesky armadillos up at Marvel from giving it a go though, in this trio of tales from Journey Into Mystery and Tower Of Shadows. And if you have to chalk something up to 'noble failure' then it's best to give Tom Palmer, Gene Colan & Berni Wrightson the chalk.
None of which is to say these strips are anything less than wonderful, but by their nature, they can only ever show a glimpse of just why ol' H.P. is so soul crushingly, head fuckingly, mind crunchingly horrifying.