Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Groovy Christmases Past! Black and White Wednesday: "Clarice" by Jones and Wrightson

Season's Greetings, Groove-ophiles! The Groovy Christmas' Past memories keep on truckin' with one of those fabled scary ghost stories of Christmases long, long ago. What better source for such a tale than Warren's Creepy magazine (#77, Christmas 1975), and what better creative duo to supply it than writer Bruce Jones and artist Berni Wrightson? That chill you're about to experience isn't Old Man Winter. It's..."Clarice"!


  1. I don't know if it's a coincidence, or if it were intentional, but the 4 panel grid layout of Wrightson's pages beautifully echoes the four panelled window which is a recurring motif in the story---one of longing, remorse, and expectation. Very effective!

  2. Good point, Anonymous - I read this story many times as a kid, but never noticed that.

  3. Wrightson and writer Nicola Cuti teamed up for "A Martian Saga" in 1976 (published in CREEPY in early '77), and it was similarly poetic and with horizontal panels of equal size to retain the same metre---seems intentional with both stories. Fantastic work!

    Chris A.



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