Here's a fantastically disturbing fumetti for Halloween, courtesy of Archie Goodwin, Leo Duranona & friends, from Vampirella #79. The spectre of H.P. Lovecraft shambles through this one, and it's brilliantly creepy ( or eerie if you prefer. )
Autobiography Of A Vampire was a nice little strip from Skywald that seemed to vanish, unfinished, just as it was getting started. Ricardo Villamonte's art is much nicer than his later work for Marvel or DC, showing he was born to be a horror artist, and Archaic Al Hewetson's script is actually comprehensible for once, wrapping The Horror Mood around an actual story. I also like the fact Al went out and photographed his local cemetery and shoehorned it into the art. It adds even more gothic-ness to the piece and is nicely experimental.
Shame it wasn't finished.
As you've probably heard by now, we sadly lost Steve Dillon yesterday. Me, I was into Steve's stuff literally from day one, right from Hulk Comic all the way throughout Doctor Who Weekly, 2000AD, Warrior and Deadline.
Even back then you knew that, like Dave Gibbons, Dillon's classically American-looking art was destined for the big time at Marvel & DC.
And when I returned to comics after a good few years of disenchantment with books full of badly proportioned grinning demons with unfeasibly large guns, it was Dillon that brought me back.
When I saw his and Garth Ennis' Welcome Back, Frank for the first time, it was like coming home to a warm log fire.
So here's that first appearance, with a 16 year old Steve giving us his mega-cool Nick Fury, from the pages of Hulk Comic ( although there's a different artist on the first episode, who I think is John Richardson. )
Anyway, yes, this is raw stuff, but man, it's got bags and bags of energy, style and rock solid storytelling..
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