Reed Crandall's story gets a bit sad towards the end, and I may write about it one day either here or over at Comics Should Be Good. I've read that many people are lukewarm on his work in the 60s and into the 70s. Perhaps the booze was impacting his work, I don't know exactly. For the most part, I still love what I've seen and this issue of Creepy collects of of Crandall's Warren work. I know I've seen a bit of it already, but I would absolutely love to have it all in one place. The story that comes to mind immediately is Archie Goodwin's adaptation of Poe's Cask of Amontillado. Crandall's work is very detailed as he builds up the panels brick by brick (literally). I know of one story that is omitted, Mark of the Phoenix from Creepy #47, but hopefully this truly represents the best of his Warren work. That issue (#47) included a bio of Crandall, and I find it a bit off that it was not included in this volume. Still, a half dozen Goodwin/Crandall stories would be pretty sweet to to my black and white magazine collection.
Cross-Hatchings for May 2013
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