9/17/18

Creepy #6 - Frank Frazetta cover, Alex Toth, Al Williamson art

Frank Frazetta
Creepy v1 #6, 1965 - Set in ancient Rome, a local coliseum is run by a corrupt councilman named Bracchus. Al Williamson's contemporary style seems out of place at first glance, but his impressive drawing skills add a cinematic quality to the imagery. His heavy use of shadows complement  a variety of cross-hatching techniques. A few faces seem a tad sloppy in execution, but pale compared to the overall effort. This story was later reprinted in >Creepy #20, >#48 and #103. Alex Toth contributes a tale of a man constantly hounded by aliens. Though known for his draftsmanship, his wildly inventive layouts are the focus in this case. His organically shaped panels bring an appropriately nightmarish quality to the story. This was later reprinted in >Eerie v3 #14. Frank Frazetta's cover is more straightforward and lack the subtlety and richness of previous efforts. Other artists in this issue include Joe Orlando and Reed Crandall. This is number 6 of 15 Creepy issues with Frazetta art and/or covers, number 2 of 15 Creepy issues with Toth art and/or covers and number 5 of 8 Creepy issues with Williamson art and/or covers (not including reprints).
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Frazetta cover painting = **
"Thumbs Down" Williamson story pencils and inks 6 pages = ***
"The Stalkers" Toth story pencils and inks 6 pages = ****

Alex Toth
Al Williamson
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