4/24/19

Creepy #9 - Frank Frazetta cover, Wally Wood, Steve Ditko, Alex Toth art

Frank Frazetta
Creepy v1 #9, 1966 - Frank Frazetta's hero fends off bat-like aliens on his swirling cover design. Wally Wood and Dan Adkins draws the tale of an overworked comic book artist who enters his fictional worlds. Their collaboration is seamless and competent (this was later reprinted in >Eerie v3 #131). A mugger changes places with a time traveling sorcerer in Alex Toth's story. Thickly rendered, the artwork is succinct and purposefully designed. Lastly, Steve Ditko visualizes an out-of-body experiment gone awry. Like most of his magazine works, the artist uses gray tones and washes for enhancement. Ditko's layouts and sequences, however, are merely adequate. This story was later reprinted in >Eerie v3 #22 and >#135. Fun fact: Berni Wrightson has a small fan illustration on the letters page. Other artists in this issue include Gray Morrow, Roy Krenkel, Reed Crandall and Jay TayceeThis is number 1 of 5 Creepy issues with Wood art and/or covers, number 8 of 15 Creepy issues with Frazetta art and/or covers, number 1 of 8 Creepy issues with Ditko art and/or covers and number 4 of 15 Creepy issues with Toth art and/or covers (not including reprints).
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Frazetta cover painting = ***
"Out of Time" Toth story pencils and inks 6 pages = ***
"Spirit of the Thing" Ditko story pencils and inks 8 pages = ***
"Overworked" Wood story pencils and inks (Dan Adkins pencils and inks) 6 pages = ***

Alex Toth
Wally Wood
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