Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Reviews: Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery Archives Vol. 3; Marvels- Eye of the Camera

Collects Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery Nos. 11-16 (cover dates September, 1965- December, 1966)
Things are definitely improving in this series with this volume. The writing and even the artwork, while done by the same crew as the first two volumes, are seamless and slick. Artists on this series include Joe Certa (who does the artwork on the lion's share of the stories in this book, totaling 14), EC alumni Joe Orlando (4 stories), Al Williamson and Reed Crandall.
On the OCD/ production side of things, this is an absolutely beautiful book. Nice paper, sewn binding, high resolution, digitally cleaned up scans...this is a nice package. Plus, these books have insanely low print runs, so if your OCD thrives on low print runs then this is for you. There is one area of complaint, however. Several of the covers are incorrectly placed. 11 and 12 are mixed up, as are 14 and 15. While annoying, they are at least included in the book. Those George Wilson covers are just beautiful. I would recommend this to fans of Creepy or EC Comics. 
MARVELS: EYE OF THE CAMERA (Marvel, 2010; Hardcover)
Collects Marvels: Eye of the Camera Nos. 1-6 (cover dates February, 2009- April, 2010)
This is the sequel to Marvels. Writers Kurt Busiek and Roger Stern turn in a moving story about the latter part of photographer Phil Sheldon's life. It made me think about what my legacy will be as far as my children are concerned. Artist Jay Anacleto is good, but not as good as Alex Ross on the original series. This was still a terrific read, and gets my highest recommendation.

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