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Comic: "Creepshow"
Published by: Other
Written by: Stephen King
Artist: Bernie Wrightson

Reviewer: Dr. Boogie
Posted: 10/22/2008

Plot: Author Stephen King took a stab at writing horror shorts in the style of old pulp comics like Tales from the Crypt for a movie called Creepshow. At the same time, someone figured “hey, if you’re going to make a movie based off a comic, why not make a comic based off the movie that was based off the comic?” The result is a bone-chilling affair that will leave you dying for more!

Review: Not long after the Creepshow movie came out, a comic adaptation of the movie was made. It seemed only natural, given how the film adaptation of King’s short stories were done in the style of the old horror comics. They even found an artist who could duplicate the same art style.

Also duplicated is the creepy narrator guy normally seen in the old comics, in lieu of the movie using a little vignette about a boy not being allowed to read his comics. The “Creep” is a dead ringer (if I could channel the spirit of those corny storytellers for a moment) for the old narrators, right down to the awful puns.

Going back to the art itself, the artist decided to draw the characters as the sort of characters you’d expect to see drawn in pulp comics, rather than drawing likenesses of the actors from the movie. I’m not saying it would have necessarily looked bad, but it still would’ve been a bit jarring to see some comic artist’s take on Leslie Neilsen’s mug.

In fact, the only thing negative I could say about the comic is that it uses one of the worst puns I’ve ever read: the story “The Crate” involves a monster in a great, and what does the Creep say of one of the victims? Why, he calls that victim an “incrate”. Get it? GET IT!?

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Forum Virgin
Oct 22nd, 2008, 09:30 AM
I can't approve of the way this piece makes Stephen King seem like a bigger name in horror comics than Bernie Wrightson... I mean, "the artist"!? What's THAT about?
Last of the Time Lords
Oct 22nd, 2008, 09:45 AM
Love the Dawn of the Dead poster visible on the cover.
Fake Shemp
Oct 23rd, 2008, 01:28 AM
I agree with Mr. Spooner's comment - Bernie Wrightson kicks major ass. I've an original signed print of his up on my living room wall along side some of his prints from SK's The Stand. From Swamp thing to The Punisher to Heavy Metal's Stern to several SK novel illustrations, Bernie Wrightson deserves more credit than just "the artist".
Crazed Techno-Biologist
Oct 23rd, 2008, 01:39 AM
i heart the leslie nielson live action version of "something to tide you over" fantastic.
Smooth Operator
Oct 23rd, 2008, 02:17 AM
I've got to agree with Spooner and Ferrit, Wrightson is a seminal horror artist. I have a poster of Mementos that will be adorning my wall as soon as I can find a frame for it. Hell, the best part about Kings Cycle of the Werewolf is Wrightsons art.
pickled
Oct 23rd, 2008, 11:07 AM
The ingrate in the crate, ah hah!