Friday, February 20, 2009
Vampire of the North Country
I think this story is a really good example of why Jack Davis was not only funny, but one of the greatest horror comics artists ever.
Four men in the frozen North, and a vampire set loose. Who couldn't love a story like that? The best part is Jack Davis' wonderful artwork, which shows how good he was at portraying tension and suspense. The story isn't anything surprising from EC, which had many stories which stuck to this formula, but...
...those eyes in the chink of the logs, watching, waiting. It still creeps me out, just like it did when I was a kid.
According to the Grand Comics Database, the script is by Otto Binder.
I'm alternating pages of this story from Haunt of Fear #26 with the original art, found on Heritage Auctions. Davis' talent at portraying the macabre was matched by few others in the field, and like Bob Powell and some others, I love seeing the originals.
Because of the fragile condition of my copy of Haunt #26, I scanned the printed pages from the reprint produced in 1999 by Gemstone.