Monday, November 29, 2010

Bela-ted praise.

Yes, belated. And Bela-ted, as in related to Bela.

Just a day before Thanksgiving, I received a fantastic little gem in the post but had to wait until this weekend had run its course before really sinking my teeth into it *ahem*.

Just released a few weeks ago, Monsterverse, founded by artists/writers/editors Kerry Gammill, Kez Wilson and Sam F. Park, gave us the splendor of Bela Lugosi in a new role -- that of spooky comic series Horror Host, in their acclaimed and highly-anticipated
Yes! A Basil Gogos cover, no less!

Chock full of spooky (and some very funny) stories, the 50 page beauty feels completely modern in style yet offers such a throwback to the '60s and '70s EC and Warren horror comics so many of us grew up enjoying.

Bela is hosting, starring in, narrating and otherwise presenting these tales of terror with a little help from his sexy new sidekick, vampiress Nosferina:
Back cover painting by the awesome Bruce Timm!
There is so much for a comics, horror and Bela lover to chew up in this first issue, and others have already written all about it (better than I ever would) in the last few weeks. But I did want to mention my favorite segment:
Based on my favorite Eddie Wood creations, Lugosi's Dr. Erich Vornoff and Tor Johnson's Lobo, from Wood's Bride of the Monster (1955), this little vignette features very cool little figures built and photographed/written/smashed together by one Joe Freire (can't find a site on him, sadly). It's fun, it's different, and it's delightful.

So many great artists lent their talents to this issue: Terry Beatty, Frank Deitz, Rafael Navarro, Kim Loh... I could go on and on.

If you love Lugosi, fine comic art, and enjoyed the Warren, EC, and Eerie Publications comics anthologies of the '60s and '70s, this is perfect for you.

You can purchase this treasure for FIVE freaking dollars (plus shipping) at Monsterverse's own store.

It's really fine to have Bela back in any form. 


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