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Pixie, kobold, elf, and sprite,
All are on their rounds tonight;
In the wan moon's silver ray,
Thrives their helter-skelter play.
- Joel Benton
Okay, now that's hot!
With Halloween creeping up on us (no pun), we thought it was high time we did an episode celebrating the scary. And why not go the route of scary comic book characters, yeah? Comics going back to the 1950s have always featured "tales of terror", and that tradition continues on to this day.
The '70s being what they were for horror films seemed like a good place to start. Movies like The Omen, Jaws, The Exorcist, Carrie, Amityville Horror, Willard, Audrey Rose and others, set that period apart as "the" decade of horror. So, many of the characters/heroes we dug up for this roundtable (no pun) were birthed around that same time.
Our theme is Monsters as Heroes. Creepy, weird, and just plain awful-looking folks who, at their core, are heroic. They wanna do the right thing — often times they do do the right thing — but damn if they don't frighten the sh*t out of people! And their actions can sometimes end with grave results (no pun).
We hit all the main ones you can think of, and threw a few surprises in there, too. The images we've showcased with this blog post will offer a few clues as to who made the final cut (no pun).
It's a FEAR FRAUGHT FRANTIC EPISODE!!!
**Above are Vampirella by Boris Vallejo and The Demon by Jason Latour. A brief digression: Vampy with the one boot off is killer sexy to me. I have NO idea why (yes I do).
Below we've got Man-Thing by Art Adams (left) and Mystique by Mike Mayhew (right).
And finally, Ghost Rider by Paolo Rivera (left) and Swamp Thing by Simon Bizley (right).
On this episode, we played portions of Michael Jackson's "Thriller", "People Are Strange" by The Doors, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's "Nightmare on My Street", and "Devil Woman" by Cliff Richards.