4/21/18

Eerie v3 #67 - Alex Toth, non-attributed Bernie Wrightson art


Eerie v3 #67, 1975 - Bernie Wrightson's inside front cover is glaringly minimalist, an approach that differs from his earlier works on this title. And yet, the large swath of black puts more focus on Cousin Eerie's gravedigging activities. Alex Toth chronicles the return (once again) of the notorious Hacker, whose brutal killings attract the attention of Scotland Yard's Chief Smythe. The artist's expressive style is a highlight of the issue. Interestingly, Toth employs some innovative layouts for this sequel. Page 6's floating montage of murderous events is haunting, while page 9's pie-shaped panels effectively capture a scene of intense fighting. Kudos to Toth for, despite being a seasoned veteran, continued to experiment with the medium. Other artists in this issue include Paul Neary and Jose Ortiz. This is number 10 of 14 Eerie magazine issues with Wrightson art and/or covers (not including reprints) and number 5 of 5 Eerie issues with Toth art and/or covers (not including reprints).
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Wrightson inside front cover pencils and inks (duotone) = ****
"The Hacker's Last Stand" Toth story pencils and inks 10 pages (black and white) = ****

Bernie Wrightson
Alex Toth
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