5 comics to scare up on Friday the 13th
With Friday the 13th being today, and with that being a historically spooky day, I've got 5 comic-book recommendations to read under the covers with a flashlight tonight.
1. Tomb of Dracula
The most famous adaptation of Dracula in comics is the long-running "The Tomb of Dracula” series. Gene Colan was the artist for the series’ entire run, beginning in 1972. Marv Wolfman took over as writer with issue No. 7 and stayed on through the series’ conclusion in 1979.
This series introduced Blade the vampire hunter and is one of the longest-running horror series in Marvel Comics’ history. The entire run of "Tomb of Dracula” as well as the stories from "Dracula Lives” and the black-and-white "Tomb of Dracula” magazine have been reprinted by Marvel as "The Essential Tomb of Dracula” Vols. 1-4. Three color volumes and three omnibus editions have also been released.
2. Marvel's Vampire Tales
I've been reading the black and white horror magazine "Vampire Tales" lately, and enjoying the Morbius stories, which are darker than the general Morbius adventures in the Marvel Universe of titles. Since these were supposed to be magazines rather than comics, perhaps in part to get around the Comics Code at the time, there are also text pieces about vampire films, literature and history.
3. Hellboy: Seed of Destruction
After appearances in a comic convention special and in “John Byrne’s Next Men,” Hellboy starred in his own series, “Seed of Destruction,” in 1994. The blue-collar hero with the body of a demon caught on with fans, as did Mignola’s atmospheric art. Mignola had been a professional artist starting in his early 20s, but the success of Hellboy moved Mignola to another level.
Hellboy was born a baby demon summoned by Nazi forces near the end of World War II. He was rescued and raised in the U.S., eventually becoming part of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Development.
In "Seed," when Hellboy is sent to investigate a mystery with supernatural overtones, he discovers the secrets of his origins and his link to the Nazi occultists who promised Adolf Hitler a final solution in the form of a demonic avatar.
4. Robot 13
If you enjoy Hellboy, you might also be interested in Robot 13.
This robot hero was discovered on the ocean floor in 1939. His tale incorporates elements of Frankenstein, steampunk and Greek mythology.
Nine creepy manga tales from Junji Ito make up "Shiver," accompanied by additional text and background from the author.
Homicidal blimps bearing your face; disturbing holes that appear all over the body; a fashion model with a deadly look; these are just some of the hooks for the stories that will likely grab and disturb readers, all with finely detailed art that makes the unsettling all the more real.