I pretty much noticed Warrant Publishing's The Creeps right away when it hit the stands, but for whatever reason I have just this week picked up my first issue. The magazine fills a nifty space as I am still casting around for proper entertainment to complete the gap left by cancellations of all my current favorite comics. The premise of Warrant's magazine is dead simple -- imitate Warren publishing as much as possible. What we have here is a weird zombie-like imitation of Creepy and Eerie from the halcyon days of Jim Warren's maverick magazine line which gave us top-flight characters like Uncle Creepy, Cousin Eerie, Vampirella, Hunter, and The Rook among many others. Now we can add "The Old Creep". It's a weirdly charming idea.
The talent has been pretty darn good with reliable names like Roger McKenzie, Nicola Cuti, T. Casey Brennan and Don Glut as writers and Frank Frazetta, Ken Kelly, Sanjulian, and Rich Corben on covers. Inside has been handled by a bevy of talented young pros who do a grand job evoking recognizable styles. Even Groovy Friends of the Dojo have had a hand in the production of the magazine. In fact with the fourteenth issue Nick Cuti joins the editorial staff headed by Rich Sala, so it does rather feel even more like old times. So add The Creeps to the list. Now I have some back issues to chase -- sounds like fun.