Monster of the Day #1290

OK, this is a full-fledged Eerie Publications cover, filled with monsters and gore and pulchritude. The sexy girl was usually a vampire (most often being staked), instead of a “Frankenstein,” but otherwise this is fairly representational.

Interested parties are pointed to The Weird World of Eerie Publications, a history of the publisher and the comics. I haven’t read it yet, but I will track down a copy one of these days. Also there’s a volume of EP reprints in the downright superlative Chilling Archives of Horror hardcover reprint series, of which I own a full set (and just got the latest volume last night). These books are simply fantastic, and a remarkable value given their impeccable and quite lovely production value. The volume is The Worst of Eerie Publications, so there you can actually read some of their garish comics, a nice addition to Weird World’s historical take.

  • Tales of Voodoo… and nothing of voodoo present on the cover.

    Damballa won’t be pleased. Or perhaps he will be, as voodoo often gets badly represented in these things.

    At least that’s what I’ve heard.

    In better news, here’s the first Werewolf that actually gets the Ancient Art of Lycanthrope. No stakes, no hunchbacked whatsit grinding his prey up. Just him and the… whatever of Frankenstein.

    Or maybe she’s a product of Orloff. There isn’t a monopoly on bad surgeons, you know…

  • Ericb

    Is that the 4D Frankenstein Monster? It looks like his arm passes right through the werewolf’s shoulder.

  • Gamera977

    Yeah, Voodoo and not one zombie??????

  • Eric Hinkle

    “The volume is The Worst of Eerie Publications, so there you can actually
    read some of their garish comics, a nice addition to Weird World’s
    historical take.”

    The ‘Worst’ of Eerie? Dare we ask just what this entails? Their best was none too good as I recall.

  • Beckoning Chasm

    Looks like the artist had been reading a lot of Batman comics, and the art director came over and said “Sorry, we can’t put the Joker on the cover. Change the face a bit or we’ll get sued.”

  • bgbear_rnh

    They do that voodoo that few do so poorly.

  • I think the intent is that Frankenstein’s holding back Werewolf from Bride of while taking care of Varney the vampire there. Interesting that he seems to be using an iron stake in the picture (in some variations, this is also an acceptable Undead ender, what with it being demon’s bane and all.)

  • Joliet Jake Blues

    I dunno, it could be silver rather than iron.

  • You might have a point there. While the coloration on the stake (or cane) at least to my eye matches that of the metal holding our fair prisoner down, silver would make sense fighting against a post-Talbot Werewolf. Plus there have been some stories where silver works on Vampires. Perhaps Frankenstein here was just planning ahead.

    And with that, between the two of us more thought has been put into this drawing than by anyone involved with its creation.

  • Beckoning Chasm

    “Not silver, but leaded iron, and not through the heart but through the energy center two centimeters below the heart.”

  • God I love that movie.

  • Ken_Begg

    Lifeforce, maybe?

  • Oh yeah. Definitely.