Monday, October 26, 2015

Number 1805: Hooray for Halloween Horror: The Body Maker

Halloween is Saturday, so we have a week of Halloween stories ahead of us. First up is a story from Black Cat Mystery #39 (1952), about a Frankenstein type who is creating his perfect woman. Personally, I think I could make it easier just to kidnap Sofia Vergara (or substitute your own choice) for a perfect woman, but this guy does it the hard way.

The artist is Warren Kremer, who does a marvelous job with what is actually kind of a silly story. (She’s not a natural blonde? Well, just keep kidnapping and killing 'em until you find one!) Kremer (born 1921) had a long career as a comic book artist, starting in the 1940s, and going until his death in 2003. He is probably most famous for drawing Casper the Friendly Ghost, Wendy the Good Little Witch, Richie Rich, etc., for Harvey Comics. But his work for Harvey goes back to their pre-Code horror comics. He designed covers, and he did occasional horror stories. If nothing else, he might be one of the most versatile comic artists ever.


7f7f3e2a-4856-11e4-900a-bb8e57f8828f said...

Just 50,000 volts and the chemical element —presto change-o —voilá! Admirable art, Pappy.

Pappy said...

7f7, Yep, 50,000 volts would bring about some changes, for sure!

I am always looking for Kremer stories, and will show more in the future. Thanks for the note.