The drawing itself was adequate and it's a fun little tribute to a fun little movie: "The Horror of Party Beach". So I always intended to go back and re-color this piece some day.
Well, I finally did, this weekend.
The original version was colored predictably bright and sunny. This time around I thought it would be funny to color it like a dark, cloudy day, with a storm brewing on the horizon... The worst kind of day you could possibly imagine for a girl to go sunbathing. Haha.
Back in the 1990's I owned a rare videotape of "Horror of Party Beach" that was all fuzzy and muddy. The poor picture quality was so grainy it looked like all the beach girls were covered with zits and the monsters were so completely drowned in darkness that you could barely even see them. But I assumed, "This was a super low budget movie... That's probably as good as it EVER looked..."
But eventually I got the DVD released by Dark Sky Films [link] ...and was absolutely shocked by its crystal clear picture quality. All the sudden those 1960's bikini girls looked smooth and attractive and the monsters were perfectly visible in the night-scenes... and the whole movie became much more fun to watch. In the years since, it has become one of those cheapie monster flicks I have returned to and re-watched many times.
I will never try to convince anyone that "Horror of Party Beach" is a great film or an unrecognized classic. But it is FUN and that is all that matters to me.
To answer your question, all my favorite horror comics were published between 1947-1989. Some cool stuff has been done since then, but I like the old fashioned comic book horrors, best.
My absolute favorite comics to come out in the past year, is the "Harvey Horrors Collection" hardcover reprints from PS Publishing. To explain...
Harvey Comics was one of the many (and in my opinion, one of the best) comics publishers that jumped on the horror bandwagon in the 1950's, emulating the success of the trend-setting E.C. Comics (who did "Tales from the Crypt", "The Haunt of Fear", and "The Vault of Horror"... the most famous and highly regarded horror comic books of all time).
The E.C. Horror comics have been reprinted many times, and I am a proud owner of the complete hardcover boxed sets of all three titles that were printed by Russ Cochran in the late 1980's.
But horror comics published by the OTHER publishers - the E.C. - imitators - of the 50's - have never been reprinted in any sort of complete, collectible editions... Until now.
The "Harvey Horrors Collection" is something I've been waiting (and wishing) for somebody to make, for a long time. Now at last, rabid fans of old school horror comics, who have already read all the E.C.'s to death, can finally start enjoying something else equally fun, that we knew existed, but which hasn't been available to us before.
These Harvey Horrors books are being released one volume at a time, over the next few years. Each volume is hardcover and contains 4 or 5 complete comics issues, of each Harvey horror title, in chronological order.
I feel lucky to have discovered these when the first volumes were coming out, and I've been ordering them one-by-one as each new book has been released.
That said, I am selective.
I am collecting 4 of the 6 Harvey titles being published in these volumes:
Chamber of Chills
Tomb of Terror
Black Cat Mystery.
These 4 are my favorites.
It's a good deal. I get a new volume in the mail every month and read it cover-to-cover till the next volume comes out. TOO MUCH FUN!!!
1950's E.C. Comics and Harvey Horror Comics, are my favorites...
1970's Marvel and DC monster comics like: Werewolf By Night, Tomb of Dracula, Tales of the Zombie, Ghosts, House of Mystery, House of Secrets, Weird War Tales...
1970's Warren horror magazines like Creepy, Eerie, Vampirella.
1970's Eerie Publications magazines (totally insane!) like: Tales of Voodoo, and their countless other titles... etc...
Also the great "small press" horror comics of the
1980's, such as, Gore Shriek, Twisted Tales, Deadworld, Death Rattle, etc...
The best? worst? or perhaps I should say - most shocking - horror comic being done today is "Fukitor" by Jason Karns, but be warned, it's a thousand times more nasty than anything listed above. Gut-bustingly hilarious though, if you can get into the right 14-year-old, naughty little boy mindset for it. Not for the easily offended!
This other new one, "Blood and Gourds" also looks promising, but it hasn't been released yet.
Most recently: My adaptation of "The Hound" by H.P. Lovecraft, for "The HPL Comics Anthology Volume 2" by European publisher, Self Made Hero. Read the text at this link for more info: The Hound
You can also see samples of some of the other comics I've done here: www.cryptlogic.net/othercomics…
I may have some other comics projects to announce coming in 2015.
...That said: Bwa-ha-ha! Awesome work! Really got a chuckle out of it...
Though it was surprisingly bloody for it's time period, like "Monster Who Challenged the World".
And thanks for your kind words on the art.
Thank God for sodium!