Friday, May 17, 2013

Single Issue Hall of Fame: Creature From The Black Lagoon

In 1993, Dark Horse published a small handful of Universal Horror adaptations. I completely missed these the first time around, but lucked out during some bargain bin diving a few years back. While they are all quite good, the Creature From the Black Lagoon issue is the real standout. I love the movie, but I was concerned that it would not translate very well to the Four Color format. This is mainly because part of what makes the movie so great is the phenomenal underwater camerawork and just the overall sense of being below the water's surface with the Creature clawing at your heels. I tip my hat to Mr. Art Adams who not only does a superb job conveying that eerie feeling, but absolutely nails the whole vibe of the movie - from the characterizations to the pacing. If you're a big fan of the film, I urge you to hunt down this book. It is a joy to read. My runner-up selection from the series is the Mummy adaptation, as it features some very moody artwork by Tony Harris.


The Mutt said...

I had no idea this existed but now I must own it! Creature from the Black Lagoon is my favorite of the Universal monster movies by a long shot. One of the greatest creature costumes ever made, and they weren't afraid to show it to you. Now you tell me there is a comic book adaptation by Art Adams! I'm in.

Mark said...

Have these been collected in a trade?

Captain Blog said...

There are more, but this is my favorite. Art Adams on one of my bestest movies? No wrong to be had.