Anyway, here’s EC’s famous story “Poetic Justice” from Haunt of Fear #12, illustrated by “Ghastly” Graham Ingels. This isn’t quite Ingel’s best art job, but it’s more than serviceable. Thanks to the magic of Heritage Auctions and Comic Cube.com though, here’s a look at bits of the art in black and white.
Coincidentally, Fantagraphics is releasing a black and white Ingels-centric collection tomorrow called Sucker Bait and other stories, as part of their series of EC artists collections (I knew Fantagraphics was good for something!). How’s that for a Valentine’s Day present?
I also should mention that this story was adapted for the 1972 Tales from the Crypt movie, with Peter Cushing as the Elliot character, called Arthur Gimsdyke. Cushing is absolutely heartbreaking in the role (in real life, his wife had recently passed away, just like his character), and the script thankfully tones down the cartoonish nastiness of the neighbors to make for more realism (it also implies that his neighbors accuse Grimsdyke of being a pedophile). The zombie makeup is also superb, scarier than the comic in fact.
Watching it is something of a Valentines tradition for me. If you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for? Get off my stupid blog and go watch something that’s actually entertaining!