Monday, September 1, 2014

Creepy #1 - Frank Frazetta, Al Williamson art


Creepy v1 #1, 1964 - Swimming toward reflective domes in the water, a pair of scuba divers discover an underwater city and their fish-like humanoid inhabitants. Al Williamson's drawings are impressively detailed, from the ocean setting on the first panel to the decorative fish and flora below. Roy Krenkel inks most of the pages, adding a looseness that still maintains the original intent of the pencils. In Williamson's second tale, a hack cartoonist will do anything to become famous, even resort to murder. Clever pacing and dimensional layouts make this one of his better silver age works. Finally, Frank Frazetta does his last story art in comics, illustrating the hunt for a werewolf in uncharted Africa. Even in black and white, the artist uses his painterly skill to increase depth and perspective. Each panel is painstakingly detailed, sparing no effort or enthusiasm (see interior page below). Other artists in this issue include Reed Crandall, Angelo Torres, Gray Morrow and Jack Davis. This is number 1 of 12 Creepy issues with Frazetta art and/or covers and number 1 of 7 Creepy issues with Williamson art and/or covers (not including reprints). See today's posts or more Frazetta, Williamson or Creepy issues. See also this blog's Frazetta checklist, Top 10 Frazetta comics or Williamson checklist.
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"Werewolf" Frazetta story pencils and inks pages (black and white) = *****
"H2O World" Williamson story pencils (Roy Krenkel inks) 6 pages (black and white) = ***
"The Success Story" Williamson story pencils (Roy Krenkel inks) 6 pages (black and white) = ****
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Al Williamson

Frank Frazetta
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More Frazetta posts:
Buster Bunny #1
Durango Kid #8
Danger Is Our Bus. #1


More Williamson posts:
World Around Us #15
Western Outlaws #11
Weird Science-Fantasy v1 #23 ec comic book cover art by Wally Wood
Weird SF #23

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