12/24/17

Creepy #76 - Alex Toth, Walt Simonson / Bernie Wrightson art


Creepy v1 #76, 1976 - Trapped in a room with minimal details, a man concludes he's part of a greater experiment. Alex Toth uses a similarly sparse approach in his artwork. Black backgrounds frame his panels, each containing a succinct drawing. That and Toth's page layouts effectively convey a sense of claustrophobia. Less successful is the issue's frontispiece of Uncle Creepy as a headless horseman (see interior page below). Unfortunately, Walt Simonson's pencils see little benefit from Bernie Wrightson's inking. This is the only collaboration between the two artists I'm aware of. Other artists in this issue include Martin Salvador, Jose Ortiz, John Severin and Vincente Alcazar. This is number 6 of 15 Creepy issues with Toth art and/or covers, number 1 of 7 Creepy issues with Simonson art and/or covers and number 12 of 19 Creepy issues with Wrightson art and/or covers (not including reprints).
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Simonson inside front cover pencils / Wrightson inks (duotone) = **
"Ensnared" Toth story pencils and inks 7 pages (black and white) = ***


Walt Simonson / Bernie Wrightson
Alex Toth
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