BEWARE! #3, 1973 “The Monsters are Coming”

At a recent con (Boston Comic Con – 2014), I grabbed a few comics at a bargain, and one of them happened to be an issue of the reprint series, Beware! This particular issue reprints some Golden Age material from Atlas Comics (Marvel). Some pre-code stories by greats like George Tuska, Joe Maneely, and Al Luster! The cover by Rich Buckler and Joe Sinnott really sets the tone for the book!

Each story contained within has a different angle, but it doesn’t interrupt the flow from front cover to back. I really enjoy these types of books, and another good one is from Yoe Books (IDW distributing), called “Haunted Horror“. It’s a great reprint series showcasing some of the early horror work from some of the best talent of that period, and quite frankly, of all time. Give it a look if you can spare the time. In the meantime, take a peek at some of the awesome work in this fantastic book!

 

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Marvel’s Unsung Heroes! -Ross Andru!

Even though I don’t own a ton of this man’s work, his pencils have always left me looking for more! The late, great, Ross Andru, left an impression on the world of comics, whether you know his pencils from Spider-Man, or his work on DC’s war titles (GI Combat, Our Army at War, etc.), you have to admire his work ethic, and overall positive attitude he brought with him to the drawing table. Often teamed up with long time friend, Mike Esposito, Andru did some really good things for the industry, and deserves to be shown some love right now! So, here’s to you Ross Andru, thanks for the great memories!

 

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Marvel’s Unsung Heroes! -Don Heck!

Back in the very early days of Marvel Comics, there were only a couple of employees, and a few “work for hire” guys. We know of Lee, Kirby, and Ditko, but there was another face that was there from beginning as well. His name is Don Heck, and this man is responsible for co-creating many of our favorite characters (Hawkeye, Black Widow, The Mandarin, Iron Man, Wonder Man, Count Nefaria, The Swordsman, The Collector, Living Laser, Black Goliath, and Mantis)…yeah, you get the point. If not for his work the movies that now dazzle us a couple of times a year, would be less inviting, for sure.

His work on the Avengers really stands out for me personally, but not to be missed are his renditions of Dracula and Dr. Strange, too! Don passed away in 1995, from lung cancer. He may be gone, but his magnificent work lives on! I mean, who else could draw Morbius tossing a crab into the ocean or Dracula fighting a giant heart? So, here’s to you, Don Heck, may your work live on forever!

 

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Monster Massacre vol. 1 (Atomeka/Titan Comics)

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The over-the-top cover is extremely misleading, to those who will dismiss it just on that quality alone. Inside however, lies an anthology of stories and artwork that are top-notch! What better example of this could you imagine, than a story from the 1950’s, by legends Joe Simon and Jack Kirby? Of course the answer is none, and that’s what you get right out of the gate from this beautiful hardcover. The glossy pages of this book, are graced with some of comic books coolest creators. Dave Elliott, Alex Horley, Andy Kuhn, Dave Wilkins, Dave Dorman, and so on.

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Each story has its own unique voice, that lends a piece to the overall tone of the book. The fantasy vibe, definitely harkens back to the days of Frank Frazetta, and Boris Vallejo. These legends have inspired countless creators since the 1970’s, and will for a very long time. In the middle of the book, we even get a good prose story (Mike Elliott), followed by a solid story that’s part color, part black and white. It was a really cool to see that abnormal twist. The Cthulu-esque tale “Deep Six”, with great action, and an explosive ending!

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There are also two incredible galleries inside, one by Alex Horley, and the second by Steve White. The first, is one that will remind you of Heavy Metal or Vampirella style books. Big monsters, beautiful girls, and the such. The second one has some really interesting images that are varying in subject matter ranging from undersea life, to wooly mammoths. Throw in a good dinosaur story, and you get more than your monies worth from Atomeka and Titan Comics! Check out the links below for more info on this great book, and look for volume two in stores in the coming months (or pre-order it now)!

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