*Obie, through his dabbling in arcane magics mixed with ancient corrupt business practices, has had not just the colors of his fur switched, but a complete overhaul of his work ethic as well…I think I’m kinda okay with the mishap.
***Possible Spoilers Below***
Friday Slice of Heaven
Creepy Presents…Richard Corben (read all about it here), and I followed up with a love letter to Creepy Presents…Bernie Wrightson (chic-a-chic-a-check it out here), both of which are must-read, must-own books that demand to be part of your collection. A year or two after reading those heavenly treasures, I picked up Creepy Presents…Steve Ditko, which I briefly mentioned for this Halloween post a while ago. Now, after a small influx of amazon.com credit, I finally got ahold of the fourth volume in this great series, this time spotlighting the multifaceted work of Alex Toth, including a few stories he wrote. Here are a few gems:
- “Grave Undertaking” - A story of a pair of undertakers who decide to drum up a little business. Great horror style to the art with deep shadows.
- “The Stalkers” - A man sees aliens everywhere he goes, but all is not what it seems.
- “Rude Awakening” - This one freaks me out. <brrrrr> I kinda don’t even want to think about it, which is why I love it so dang much. Not going to give away anymore on this one.
- “Out of Time” - A man commits the ultimate crime and seeks to escape to a different time.
- “Phantom of Pleasure Island” - A crime / mystery story where Toth adopts a ’50s advertising style to his artwork that is freaking gorgeous. The story is equally as great.
- “Unreal!” - A seemingly ageless Buster Keaton-esque character’s secret to his success is certain to astonish.
- “Proof Positive” - Some corrupt businessmen picked the wrong inventor to mess with.
- “Survival”- If you are looking for a quick post-apocalyptic tale that is sure to bum you out, then this is the story for you! I love the thicker lines of the art and the sheer malevolence in the survivor’s visage.
- “Daddy and the Pie” - An alien crash lands on Earth and is taken in by a family. Great story but aspects of it mirror some of a story I wrote a while back…I swear, I never read “Daddy and the Pie” until a few days ago.
Those are my favorite stories of the collection and there are plenty of other great ones to be found within. What amazes me the most with Toth’s work is his ability to change his art style to best reflect the tone of the narrative, with each short work being different from the next. Creepy Presents…Alex Toth is a lovely addition to your favorite bookshelf, and although I like the actual stories of the Wrightson and Corben volumes more — nothing will beat those — this is still worth seeking out. Here’s hoping a fifth volume shows up some day in the near future, but this volume comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!