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CREEPS
« on: October 26, 2018, 03:32:44 PM »
CREEPS

If you liked Creepy, then this might very well be the mag for you!



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Re: CREEPS
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2018, 12:57:07 AM »
The Creeps isn't Warren proper, but it's the closest thing we'll ever see to it. Here's a review from Monster Magazine World:



Since Warren's original run of CREEPY from 1964 - 1983 (145 issues) there have been numerous attempts at reviving the spirit of the vaunted magazine-sized horror comic book. Dark Horse acquired the rights to the Warren title and branding, including the image of Uncle Creepy, as well as the rights to reprint the backlog. The resulting series of "Creepy Archives" is impressive, but disappointingly, the new version of the title was shrunk to a standard comic book size, exactly the opposite of Warren's work-around to the albeit weakening stranglehold of the Comics Code Authority which caused the self-immolation of many horror comic publishers in the mid-1950s who were either unwilling or unwitting enough to adapt to the new rules.

Another, indie-produced horror comic, BLOKE'S TERRIBLE TOMB OF TERROR, uses similar design features and themes to CREEPY. Publisher/writer Jason Crawley (really!) and artist Mike Hoffman and Co. do a pretty good job of it, but don't quite hit the heart with the stake.

Then, from out of the blue (or the grave, as Unca' Creepy would probably say) comes THE CREEPS, a brand-new, magazine-sized horror comic that is an unapologetic, unabashed, near clone of CREEPY. Now in its sixth issue, THE CREEPS is the closest thing yet to a true homage to the original, so close in fact, that one could say it is a pastiche. It is obviously deliberate by design, and while other attempts capture the "look" of CREEPY, THE CREEPS not only accomplishes that, but it also actually "feels" like the old CREEPY.

Granted, we will never again see the likes of a team of writers and artists that shepherded the early years of CREEPY. These consummate professionals were the crème de la crème of illustrators that had cut their teeth and sharpened their pencils over the drawing board for EC, the greatest line of horror comics ever, for chrissakes!

In this latest issue of Warrant Publishing's THE CREEPS however, one can see artists clearly under the spell of the aforementioned genius loci of horror comics. What you have here is a bullpen of artists like the Reed Crandall-esque Reno Maniquis, the Wally Wood-esque Jason Paulos, the Orlando-esque Mansyur Daman and the Brunner-esque Mike Dubisch, all combined to achieve a vague, but eerily (no pun intended) reminiscent appearance of the original. Even the mag's mascot, The Old Creep, is a blatant swipe of Uncle Creepy. Editor Rich Sala, writing as "Artie" Godwin has brought aboard a capable stable of story scripters, including Warren alumni Nicola Cuti and Don Glut. And yes, the stories themselves have that old touch of the macabre and sardonic, with twist endings that hit the mark nearly every time.

I have to admit, I was a little leery with the first couple of issues, but the last two or so have shown a significant improvement in the writing as well as the art moving in the direction of more traditional draughtsmanship as opposed to modernist comic illustration. Issue #6 even sports a Frazetta cover! And I would be remiss to mention the anti-tobacco ad on the letters page as was seen in the original Warren 'zine?

I'm looking forward to more of THE CREEPS. Now that it's selling well enough to be put on the shelves at Barnes & Noble, it is hopeful that a new wave of readers will catch on to the entertainment found between its covers.

http://monstermagazineworld.blogspot.com/?zx=91e498f80a88d88c


And here's a review by me: The Creeps captures the spirit of classic Warren, and comes close to the quality. It's inexpensive and it's damn good... so get it!  ;)

I originally posted the above a couple of years ago and I still feel the same about The Creeps. The current issue is #16 and The Creeps is going stronger than ever. Now it's available in bookstores as well as from the website. I've preordered every issue to also receive the free poster of the cover, and what some spectacular covers we've seen- Frazetta, Ken Kelly, Sanjulian… just like the good old days. Rich Sala ("Artie Godwin"  ;)) has done a fantastic job with this mag. They even have a fan club now. Joining costs $20 and brings you a uniquely numbered membership card, a big 3" pinback button, and a large poster of The Old Creep himself. I wouldn't be surprised if a companion mag were introduced even as Creepy had it's Eerie. The Creeps is well worth buying if you long for a touch of Classic Warren.
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Re: CREEPS
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2018, 02:02:06 PM »
The Creeps #17 is available for preorder. The cool cover by Ken Kelly was previously used for Castle Of Frankenstein #18 (1972).

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Re: CREEPS
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2018, 01:45:28 AM »
Just finished issue 3. The art was pretty good to great but a few of the stories were predictable and pretty lame. I bought around 10 issues in a lot,including #1 that will just hang onto,for around $50 delivered.