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Creepy #5 - Frank Frazetta cover, Alex Toth, Al Williamson art

Frank Frazetta
Creepy v1 #5, 1965 - Frank Frazetta opens the issue with an haunting, Nosferatu-like rendition of Dracula. Inside, Alex Toth tells of two morticians who provide an increasing number of cadavers to the local medical college. His thick, heavy linework is supplemented by his ample use of gray washes. Toth's opening panel is an example of perfect design and perspective (this story was later reprinted in Creepy #139). Even better is Al Williamson's tale of a gunrunner finding treasure in the desert. Exceptionally drawn and composed, the artist employs zipatones and cross-hatching for a richer effect. Several pages are meticulously detailed, contributing to its status as a masterpiece. (this story was later reprinted in Creepy #137). Other artists in this issue include Val Mayerik and Luis Bermejo.
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Frazetta cover painting = ***
"Sand Doom" Williamson story pencils and inks 6 pages = *****
"Grave Undertaking" Toth story pencils and inks 6 pages = ***

Alex Toth
Al Williamson
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