Tuesday, 31 October 2017

The Buster Book Of Spooky Stories



Seem to remember picking this beauty up while on summer holiday somewhere, and poring through it again and again ( It's the very definition of packed, with enough stuff to keep any bored kid happy all week ).
There's way too much here to post the whole thing, but let's have a sampling, like lead-off host strip Buster's Dream-World ( notice also that VERY Sergio Aragones / Plop ) contents page:




And here's a young Dave Gibbons, no less, with the wonderfully named Curtis Bronson, Ghost Hunter:






The first part now, of a fantastically gothic serial, The Pillater Peril, all about a pirate back from the grave seeking vengeance on his well-to-do descendants. I think I'm right in saying this one originally appeared in Smash, and may also have been earmarked, alongside Curtis Bronson, for Dez Skinn's aborted horror weekly Chiller:














Munster-ish family The Creepy Crawleys:




Some Haunting Howlers:



And finally, something from the Spooky Scrapbook, the kind of text feature we never used to read, except this one's actually got great illustrations. Top stuff all round, and as I say, more than enough to keep you occupied when the campsite's all rained out.





Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Steve Gerber's In The Shadows Of The City



A classic slice of Gerber urban paranoia now, aimed right between the eyes of the reader, from the first issue of Haunt Of Horror. It's relentless in a good, skin-crawling way, but it also has a sort of sequel. Anybody remember where they've seen this guy before? No? You've got till the end of the story...








Yep, the last issue of Steve's run on Man-Thing. I always wondered what that was all about.


Sunday, 22 October 2017

Hulk Comic: The Black Knight



Here's the real jewel of Hulk Comic, Steve Parkhouse's epic take on Arthurian superheroics and magical goings on in the English countryside.
This Black Knight may come as a stranger to American readers, having only a physical resemblance to the one we all know from The Avengers and The Defenders. Here, he's presented much more as a medieval, iconic figure, barely a human being at all.
But the best thing about this strip is it's absolute Britishness, both in the script and the art, and you can drink in the scenes of mysterious woods, spooky old cottages and ghost-haunted Tors. This is a strip dripping with atmosphere, and I love the idea that all this is happening in the hedgerows and fields of Cornwall, just out of sight of regular people.