Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Black and White Wednesday: "Where Sorcery Lives!" by Goodwin and Ditko

Hey, hey, HEY, Groove-ophiles! Wanna see a creepy-cool story by two of comics' finest creators at the height of their powers? Then just flip open a copy of Warren's 1970 Creepy Yearbook! Yeah, it's a reprint mag featuring some of the best Creepy stories of the late 1960s, but it was published in 1970, so it's fair game here on the Diversions. And even if it wasn't, who'd gripe about viewing a masterpiece like Archie Goodwin and Steve Ditko's "Where Sorcery Lives"? (Reprinted from Creepy #14, February 1967)







Ya know, the cover to that magnificent mag...

 ...reminds Ol' Groove of an homage he's seen lately. Hmmm. What was it...? Oh, yeah, check this out:
The Creeps 2019 Spooktacular! Cool huh? Cooler still, at least for moi, is that I had the honor of having my story from The Creeps #8, "Clownin' Around" reprinted in it! (If that ain't enough to get your curiosity going, there are stories in there by Groovy Age/Warren Greats Nick Cuti and Don Glut, t'boot!) It's ON SALE NOW wherever finer magazines are sold, or check out this link to Warrant Publishing. Who says this isn't the Groovy Age of sneaky sales pitches?

9 comments:

  1. It didn't get much better than ink washed Ditko. He really seemed to bring a level of enthusiasm to his Warren work that was enhanced by the always excellent Archie Goodwin. How he was able to write so many great stories on a consistent basis is amazing to me. In fact I don't think he ever wrote a bad story for Warren. I'm slowly getting into the whole Creeps retro homage. It's a bit of an acquired taste,trying very earnestly to duplicate Warren's quality but not quite there yet.

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    1. I was initially put off by The Creeps because of Rich Sala's incessant (and amateurish) Wrightson swipes. It seems that if he restarted the mag, got rid of half the content published this far, that the remainder would be magnificent.

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    2. If you haven't flipped through a copy in a while, please do. You'll find that the art has come a very long way since the early issues of The Creeps.

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    3. You sold me. I'll send away for a few today.

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    4. It seems the early issues of the mag always had great covers & at least one well drawn story, but the rest... Now if the proper talent is in place for the rest of the mag then it'll be worth checking out again.

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  2. The best work I've ever seen from Ditko, by far.

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  3. The problem with The Creeps is the cover price. $10 an issue? Seriously? Mad Magazine now goes for $6 an issue, and that's the level Creeps should be at.

    Meanwhile, the story's decent, and it was a portent of what was to come from Ditko over the rest of his career...

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    1. The Spooktacular is $9.95 because it's got more pages and it's squarebound. The regular Creeps mag is $5.95.

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