One can certainly appreciate reading a collection of one shot stories and being able to judge them immediately after having read them, instead of having to wade through several issues of differing titles (released over a period 5 or 6 months). And THEN afterwards, finding that you really didn’t like the story arc at all. Although the comic companies earn record profits off this practice, it’s ideologically unfair to subject a reader to this type of time-consuming story layout. Not many story lines live up to the “epic conclusion” that serves as the payoff for the reader’s commitment. For those readers who find themselves suffering from “big event comic crossover burnout”, there is no better remedy than the anthology book.
An anthology is a collection of literary works (short stories, poems, and other writings) usually pertaining to the same subjects or themes. In the past, anthologies such as EC Comics (1940′s-1960′s), Heavy Metal (1970′s-present), and Dark Horse Presents (1980′s – present) have given us such diverse titles from Tales from the Crypt, Vault of Horror, Weird Science to Sin City, Hellboy and genres ranging from horror, western, and true crime. Horror anthologies have always been a favorite of mine and I jumped at the chance to review Warren Publishing’s Creepy Archives Volume 15. Needless to say, thumbing through this treasure trove of truly titillating terror was pure joy. Not only because of the amazing artwork contained within, but most of the stories were adaptations of the classic works of the “Master of the Macabre” himself, American author Edgar Allan Poe.
Being an artist myself, I found it hard to forgive myself for being ignorant of the works of some of the great Spanish artists that are showcased in this volume. Artists such as Luis Bermejo, Jose Gual, Vicente Alcazar, and a new influence on my own art, Jose Ortiz (who provided the art for my favorite adaptation in this collection, Murders in the Rue Morgue). These aforementioned artists literally paint the pages with India ink. For any other artists looking to increase their understanding of the “black and white” language of the comic art panel, owning these collections is a must. I’ll definitely be checking out the previous fourteen volumes and adding them to my library for future reference.
Creepy Archives Vol. 15
Writer: Rich Margopoulos, Doug Moench, Gerry Boudreau, Budd Lewis, Don McGregor, Carl Wessler, Jeff Rovin, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne
Artist: José Gual, Luis Bermejo, Bernie Wrightson, José Ortiz, Ken Kelly, Vincente Alcazar, Martin Salvador, Richard Corben, Leo Summers, Isidro Mones, Adolfo Abellan
Cover Artist: Ken Kelly
Genre: Horror, Classic
Publication Date: February 06, 2013
Format: b&w, 248 pages; HC, 8 3/8″ x 10 7/8
Age range: 16