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Notes: $1.25 & 72 pages. Somewhat of a companion issue to Creepy #84’s sports issue as this one also featured a Ken Kelly sports cover and an interior sports story, both probably overflow from the Creepy issue. The Jones/Corben sequel to ‘Time And Again…’ was very good. ‘The Pea-Green Boat’ was a limp new series. ‘Third Person Singular’ was also a rather limp effort, although for other reasons, as Warren explored homosexuality for the first time. Unfortunately, the story {concluded in the next issue} bordered on the idiotic and came with extreme sterotypes.
80. cover: Ken Kelly (Jan. 1977)

1) Scallywag: The Invisible One [Budd Lewis/Jose Ortiz] 8p

2) Darklon The Mystic: Retribution [Jim Starlin] 9p

3) The Pea Green Boat: On Moonlight Bay [Budd Lewis/Leopold Sanchez] 8p

4) Tombspawn: Pieces Of Hate [Gerry Boudreau/Gonzalo Mayo] 8p

5) Third Person Singular, part 2 [Bruce Jones/Luis Bermejo] 10p

6) Cronk: Queen Of The Purple Range [Nicola Cuti/Carmine Infantino & Al Milgrom] 8p
Notes: Steve Perry, future comic writer, & Wayne Faucher, future inker, sent in letters. If one could pick an artist for a strip set in the orient, Jose Ortiz’s name wouldn’t be the first (or second or third) to come to mind. However, he did quite a respectable job on Scallywag. This was Cronk’s last outing, although a third story by Cuti & Infantino was started, pages of which appear in The Warren Companion.
81.cover: Frank Frazetta (Feb. 1977)

1) And Now…Introducing Exciting Eerie No. 81! [Louise Jones/Dick Giordano, Carmine

Infantino, Bruce Jones, Leopoldo Duranona, et al] 1p [text article, frontis]

2) Goodbye, Bambi Boone [Cary Bates/Carmine Infantino & Dick Giordano] 8p

3) The Comic Books: Less Is More [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

4) Taking Of Queen Bovine [Gerry Boudreau/Ramon Torrents] 8p

5) The Bride Of Congo: The Untold Story [Bill DuBay/Carmine Infantino & Gonzalo Mayo] 10p

6) You’re A Big Girl Now [Bruce Jones/Richard Corben] 10p [pages 2-9 in color]

7) Starchild [Louise Jones & David Michelinie/Jose Ortiz] 5p

8) The Giant Ape Suit [Roger McKenzie/Luis Bermejo] 8p

9) Golden Girl [Nicola Cuti/Leopold Sanchez] 8p
Notes: Frazetta’s cover, ‘Queen Kong’, was painted in 1971 and was originally intended for Warren’s never published adult comic magazine, POW! Since the cover shows a giant naked woman holding a tiny King Kong on top of the Empire State Building, all the stories deal with a giant naked woman who ends up on top of the Empire State Building. Go ahead, folks, try getting 8 good stories out of that concept. $1.50 & 80 pages in length. The frontis page included a brief bio & art portrait for each of the writers & artists in this issue. Some of the portraits were lifted from the Warren Awards illos, some from the old features page profiles and others appear to be new self -portraits. Fred Hembeck sent in a letter. The best story was easily the Jones/Corben ‘You’re A Big Girl Now’. The rest are only fair to middlin’.
82. cover: Bill DuBay & Luis Bermejo (Mar. 1977)

1) The Rook: The Man Whom Time Forgot! [Bill DuBay/Luis Bermejo] 20p

2) The Comic Books [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

3) Tombspawn: And Now: The Game Is Afoot [Gerry Boudreau/Carmine Infantino & Gonzalo

Mayo] 9p

4) Scallywag: Castle Of The Assassin [Budd Lewis/Jose Ortiz] 8p

5) The Pea Green Boat: In A Deep Sea Tomb [Budd Lewis/Leopold Sanchez] 10p
Notes: The cover was a fixup affair, showing DuBay’s original presentation art for The Rook, along with inserts of interior panel art by Bermejo. Except for Vampirella, this was Warren’s first open-ended continuing serial. Although the Rook was never a great series, it was occasionally quite good, especially in its first three or four episodes here and the first three or four issues of his own title. Bermejo’s art was quite lovely here and DuBay’s story was interesting too. Later the silliness that drowned Vampi’s series began showing up in this series as well. Although Tombspawn’s ending this issue clearly signaled another episode, this was actually its finale. The third and concluding entry in the Jones/Corben time travel series was supposed to appear this issue but was a no-show. From this point on horror began increasingly taking a back seat in Eerie, with more and more stories being either science fiction or adventure-fantasy {although many of these stories had horror elements}.
83. cover: Enrich Torres (May 1977)

1) The Rook: The Day Before Tomorrow [Bill DuBay/Luis Bermejo] 20p

2) The Comic Books [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

3) Hard John’s Nuclear Hit Parade: Kansas City Bomber [Jim Stenstrum/Jose Ortiz] 10p

4) Gaffer: Temptation [Roger McKenzie/Leopoldo Duranona] 9p

5) Presto The Besto [Jim Stenstrum/Carmine Infantino & Dick Giordano] 8p

Notes: The Rook made his second cover appearance in a row. The Hard John series was a continuation of the Hard John Apple story ‘An Angel Shy Of Hell’, which had appeared in Creepy #64, way back in 1974. The first story was great. The series was fair. Gaffer was another new series and not a bad one at all.
84. cover: Frank Frazetta (June 1977) reprinted from Eerie #8 (Mar. 1967)

1) The Rook Contest [Bill DuBay] ½p [contest rules on letters’ page]

2) The Comic Books [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

3) The Rook: Yesterday, The Final Day [Bill DuBay/Luis Bermejo] 22p

4) Hard John’s Nuclear Hit Parade: Brass Monkey [Jim Stenstrum/Jose Ortiz] 10p

5) Godeye: Goodbye, Yellow Brick Rhode [Budd Lewis/Carmine Infantino & Dan Green] 8p

6) He Who Waits In Shadow [Jim Starlin] 6p

7) Presenting The 1977 Warren Awards [Louise Jones/Bill DuBay, et al] 2p [text article]

Notes: Page count dropped to 64 pages. Godeye returned, but this second story was nowhere near the delight the first one was. ‘He Who Waits In Shadow’ was a gloomy metaphysical explanation by Starlin as to why the last Darklon chapter was late. Darklon gueststars on the last page and, although this story was included in the Darklon collection put out by Pacific Comics in 1983, this was not actually part of the Darklon serial. Rather, it’s a tie-in or companion story. The Warren Awards went to Richard Corben for best cover on Eerie #77 & best art on ‘In Deep’; best story to Bruce Jones for ‘In Deep’; best cover artist to Ken Kelly, best all around writer to Bill DuBay, best all around artist to Leopold Sanchez, a special award for excellence to Jose Gonzalez and the Renaissance Man special award to Bill DuBay.
85. cover: Ken Kelly (Aug. 1977)

1) The Rook: Lost To The Land Of Nowhen [Bill DuBay/Luis Bermejo] 14p

2) The Comic Books [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

3) Hard John’s Nuclear Hit Parade: Gonna Nuke Mankind Right Outa My Hair [Jim Stenstrum/

Jose Ortiz] 10p

4) Gaffer: First Wish [Roger McKenzie/Leopoldo Duranona] 11p

5) Blackstar & The Night Huntress [Gerry Boudreau/Esteban Marato] 8p

6) The Pea Green Boat: Dutchman [Budd Lewis/Leopold Sanchez] 8p

Notes: Nice cover by Kelly of two of the Rook’s supporting characters. Decent enough issue, although nothing really stood out. ‘Blackstar & The Night Huntress’ would have an extremely tacky sequel appear five years later.
86. cover: Richard Corben (Sept. 1977)

1) Unprovoked Attack On A Hilton Hotel [Jim Stenstrum/Richard Corben] 8p reprinted from

Creepy #73 (Aug. 1975)

2) The Comic Books: The Worst And The Dullest [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

3) 1984 Ad [Joe Vaultz] 1p

4) The Oval Portrait [Rich Margopoulos/Richard Corben] 8p from the story by Edgar Allan Poe,

reprinted from Creepy #69 (Feb. 1975)

5) Shadow [Rich Margopoulos/Richard Corben] 8p from the story by Edgar Allan Poe, reprinted

from Creepy #70 (Apr. 1975)

6) Pinball Wizard! [Doug Moench/Richard Corben] 7p reprinted from Creepy #66 (Nov. 1974)

7) Change…Into Something Comfortable [Doug Moench/Richard Corben] 8p reprinted from

Creepy #58 (Dec. 1973)

8) The Slipped Mickey Click Flip [Doug Moench/Richard Corben] 10p reprinted from Creepy

#54 (July 1973)

9) Friedhelm The Magnificent [Greg Potter/Richard Corben] 8p reprinted from Creepy #46 (July


10) Frozen Beauty [Richard Corben] 6p reprinted from Creepy #36 (Dec. 1970)
Notes: The 1977 Eerie Annual. Considering all the stories were reprinted from Creepy, this probably should have been a Creepy annual. The first 1984 ad appeared, long before the book had a title and almost a year before actual publication. The book was apparently in response to the first successful issue of Heavy Metal, which was cover dated Apr. 1977.
87. cover: Frank Frazetta (Oct. 1977) reprinted from Vampirella #7 (Sept. 1970)

1) The Rook: Prisoner In A Chinese Fortune Cookie or: Bad, Bad Granny Gadget! [Bill

DuBay/Luis Bermejo] 16p

2) The Comic Books [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

3) Scallywag: The Black Demon’s Sword [Budd Lewis/Jose Ortiz] 8p

4) Years & Mind Forever [Bruce Jones/Richard Corben] 10p

5) Gaffer: Second Wish [Roger McKenzie/Leopoldo Duranona] 14p

6) The Incredible Illusions Of Ira Israel [Roger McKenzie/Leopold Sanchez] 8p

7) Hunter 3: What Price Oblivion? [Jim Stenstrum/Alex Nino] 8p
Notes: $1.75 and 96 pages. The Rook’s story title was based on C. M. Kornbluth’s ‘Ms. Found In A Chinese Fortune Cookie’. The final segment of the Jones/Corbin time travel series appeared six months late. Hunter 3 was a spoof of Hunter & Hunter II, not a serious continuation of nor a sequel to the first two series. Although he had contributed inks to several stories penciled by Carmine Infantino, Alex Nino made his solo Warren debut with the Hunter 3 story, thus beginning the gradual change of the Spanish Invasion from actual Spanish artists to the Filpino artists.
88. cover: Don Maitz (Nov. 1977)

1) The Rook: Future Shock [Bill DuBay/Luis Bermejo] 12p

2) Announcing The Grand Prize Winners Of The Fabulous Warren Rook Contest! [Louise

Jones/Mark Stokes, Gary Goodman & Paul Daly] 1p [text article]

3) The Comic Books: A Matter Of Dues [Joe Brancatelli] 2p [text article]

4) Scallywag: The Key [Budd Lewis/Jose Ortiz] 8p

5) Deathball 2100 A.D. [Bill Mohalley & Nicola Cuti/Dick Giordano] 8p

6) Boiling Point [Bruce Jones/Leopold Sanchez] 11p

7) Junkyard Battles or Never Trust An Electric Shaver [Nicola Cuti/Rafael Auraleon] 8p

8) Runner-Ups & More Finalists! [various] 2p [text article]

Notes: $1.50 & 72 pages. As they had done in the previous year, both Creepy & Eerie sported a sports cover for their final issue of the year, although only Creepy’s was completely dedicated to sports. The Rook contest offered readers a chance to create a robot, villain & gadget for the Rook and see their creations used in a story. The villain creation--Quarb, by Gary Goodman, became an important part of the Rook’s storyline. For winning the contest, the creators got $100 and a three year subscription to Eerie. Their creations would finally appear over a year later in Eerie #98. Future comic pros appearing in the finalist segment of the Rook Contest included Dan Reed, Nancy Collins, Steve Ringgenberg & Gordon Purcell. The Scallywag series title was replaced by The Black Demon’s Sword for the duration of the series. I’ve decided to retain the original series title.
89. cover: Malcolm McNeill (Jan. 1978)

1) The Rook: Trouble In The Time Factory [Bill DuBay/Luis Bermejo] 14p

2) The Comic Books: Superman Versus Soccer [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

3) Crystabelle! [Bill DuBay/Leopoldo Duranona] 9p

4) Francesca [Bruce Jones/Gonzalo Mayo] 10p

5) Scallywag: The Magician’s Tower [Budd Lewis/Jose Ortiz] 8p

6) Boiling Point, part 2 [Bruce Jones/Leopold Sanchez] 10p
Notes: New cover artist Malcolm McNeill did a number of fine covers for the Marvel B&W’s, particularly on Planet Of The Apes and The Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu, all under the name Malcolm McN. This was his only cover for Warren and that’s a shame, really, as his dynamic art style and subtle use of shadows would have worked perfectly here. $1.25 cover price. Bermejo’s art began looking more and more rushed and, thus, more generic, probably due to the large number of pages he was doing for Warren. ‘Francesca’ saw a return to the less ornate artstyle that Mayo had shown before. It’s quite attractive and this two-parter {with the second part skipping an issue} was a superior story. Bruce Jones, who wrote ‘Francesca’, also concluded his ‘Boiling Point’, which was another excellent little story. Looking at Ortiz’s artwork here, I wonder why no one at Marvel ever got him to contribute either inks or full artwork to the Conan series. His artwork would have been a welcome change of pace there.
90. cover: Richard Corben (Feb. 1978)

1) Carrion [Gerry Boudreau/Gonzalo Mayo] 8p

2) The Show Must Go On! [Roger McKenzie/Leopoldo Duranona] 6p

3) A Woman Scorned [Bruce Jones/Richard Corben] 8p [color]

4) The Fianchetto Affair or: A Matter Of Great Delicacy [Bob Toomey/Jose Ortiz] 8p

5) The Comic Books: Patent Medicine Profits? [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

6) The Rook: What Is The Color Of Nothingness? [Bill DuBay/Alex Nino] 20p
Notes: $1.50 cover price. With the exceptation of the Rook story, all the stories in this issue centered around the Corben cover which featured a girl reclining on a giant gila monster. An additional story on the same idea appeared in Creepy at the same time. The Jones/Corben story was the best of that bunch. It’s quite a good effort although the coloring, unlike most of the Corben stories done in color, does not appear to have been done by Corben himself. The Rook story was probably the best since his first four appearances, with dazzling artwork by Nino and a pretty sharp time travel story by DuBay. The Rook story was also printed sideways.
91. cover: Don Maitz (Mar. 1978)

1) The Rook: The Incredible Sagas Of Sludge The Unconquorable, Helga The Damned, And

Marmadrake The Magnificent! [Bill DuBay/Luis Bermejo] 20p

2) The Comic Books: Kiss And Tell [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

3) Elijah Arnold And The Angel’s Egg [Jonathan Thomas/Leopoldo Duranona] 8p

4) Francesca, part 2 [Bruce Jones/Gonzalo Mayo] 10p

5) Moonshadow: Against The Sun [Bob Toomey/Jose Ortiz] 8p

6) Presenting The 1977 Warren Awards [Louise Jones/Frank Frazetta, Bruce Jones, Bill DuBay,

Alex Nino, et al] 2p [text article]

7) 1984 Ad [Richard Corben] 1p [on the back cover, a repo of #1’s cover]

Notes: One of Maitz’s best covers for Warren featured a giant troll lifting a tiny man to his mouth while a lady, very much in distress, runs for her life. $1.25 cover price. The gothic story ‘Francesca’ concluded, and quite nicely. Moonshadow, a fairly decent new series, debuted. Members of the Christian right sent in letters complaining of Warren’s use of nudity, a perceived lack of morality, and Warren’s continued use of evolution as a plot device. Nothing ever really changes, does it?
92. cover: Kim McQuaite (May 1978) [concept by Bill Mohalley]

1) Cold Sweat [Bill DuBay/Jose Ortiz] 8p

2) The Comic Books: Safe At Home? [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

3) The Rook: Strangers In The Strangest Places! [Bill DuBay/Axel Laxamana] 10p

4) Let’s Hear It For Homo Sapiens [Gerry Boudreau/Rafael Auraleon] 8p

5) Moonshadow: Suzanna, Don’t You Cry [Bob Toomey/Jose Ortiz] 8p

6) Abelmar Jones: Bad Day ‘Cross 100th Street [Bill DuBay/Alex Nino] 5p

7) Gaffer: Final Wish [Roger McKenzie/Leopoldo Duranona] 9p

Notes: This sports cover, featuring hockey, and the accompanying story, ‘Cold Sweat’, may have been originally intended for the never published third all-sports special for Creepy. ‘Let’s Hear It for Homo Sapiens’ was an overflow story from Creepy’s all-apes special issue #95. Marvel’s Man-Thing made a cameo appearance in one panel on page one. Abelmar Jones made his series debut as Warren tried to get hip. The Gaffer returned for his finale, after being absent since #87. Bermejo began taking an extended breather from the Rook strip, with a series of different artists filling in.
93. cover: Don Maitz (June 1978)

1) The Rook: Strangers In The Strangest Places, part 2 [Bill DuBay/Alfredo Alcala [pgs 1-2] &

Abel Laxamana [pgs 3-11] 12p

2) The Comic Books: Classics Illustrated R.I.P. [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

3) Honor And Blood [Nicola Cuti/Leopoldo Duranona] 10p

4) Moonshadow: Kingdom Of Ash [Bob Toomey/Jose Ortiz] 8p

5) The Einstein Factor [Pepe Moreno & Nicola Cuti/Pepe Moreno] 10p

6) Abelmar Jones: The Slime Creature Of Harlem Avenue [Bill DuBay/Alex Nino] 8p

Notes: This vampire cover was probably Maitz’s best cover for Warren. A very striking image. It illustrated the fine new series ‘Honor And Blood’, with story by Cuti and art by Duranona. Easily the best work here.
94. cover: Don Maitz (Aug. 1978)

1) The Rook: The Coming Of The Annihilator [Bill DuBay/Luis Bermejo] 12p

2) The Comic Books: Still More Kiss [Joe Brancatelli] 1p

3) Honor And Blood, part 2 [Nicola Cuti/Leopoldo Duranona] 8p

4) Dead Man’s Ship [Nicola Cuti/Isidro Mones] 8p

5) Divine Wind [Louise Jones & Budd Lewis/Esteban Maroto] 6p

6) Don’t Drink The Water [Gerry Boudreau/Martin Salvador] 8p

7) Bruce Bloodletter Of The IRS [Bill DuBay & Fernando Fernandez/Fernando Fernandez] 8p

Notes: A good Maitz cover for a better than average issue. Future Eclipse editor Cat Yronwode sent in a letter. Vampirella & Pantha gueststarred in the Rook story, which took place directly after the Vampi story published six months earlier in Vampirella #66. Fernando Fernandez’s educational tax series featuring Bruce Bloodletter had been done several years previously. Here, Bill DuBay wrote an entirely new script, turning this into a science-fantasy tale. Best story was ‘Dead Man’s Ship’, although ‘Don’t Drink The Water’ was also good. Best art was Maroto’s from ‘Divine Wind’. The writer or writers for that story were not listed. The credits I’ve given it come from the author list on the titlepage. I assume that Jones didn’t write the story on her own since at this point in her career she usually didn’t receive sole writing credits on her stories.
95. cover: Jordi Penalva (Sept. 1978)

1) The Rook: Warriors From The Stars [Bill DuBay/Luis Bermejo] 12p

2) The Comic Books: Death By The Numbers [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

3) Willie’s Super-Magic Basketball [Jim Stenstrum/Carmine Infantino & Rudy Nebres] 8p

4) Abelmar Jones: Faster Than A Speeding Whozit [Bill DuBay/Alex Nino] 8p

5) Nuts! [Nicola Cuti/Pablo Marcos] 8p [color]

6) Harrow House [Bruce Jones/Jose Ortiz] 10p

7) Mac Tavish: Caucus On Rara Avis [Jim Stenstrum/Pepe Moreno] 10p [story credited to

Alabaster Redzone]
Notes: Penalva received a huge amount of praise for his covers but I’ve never quite seen the reason why. The aura of mystery essential for a horror or mystery title just is not there. $1.50 cover price. Vampi & Pantha again gueststarred in the Rook strip. Vampi also shared the cover with the Rook. ‘Harrow House’ was a fine ghost story. Unfortunately, it was split in two with the second half not appearing for another six months! This started to be the norm for a Warren serial. Two or three episodes in a row, then a long wait until the concluding episodes appeared. ‘Willie’s Super-Magic Basketball’ was originally intended for the never published third all-sports stories special for Creepy. ‘Nuts’ was a rather cute story but the coloring was simply awful. Stenstrum often used the penname ‘Alabaster Redzone’ when he was adapting European stories into English or working from another writer’s plot. If that was the case here, the original author is unknown, although it may have been the artist Pepe Moreno’s work.
96. Jordi Penalva (Oct. 1978)

1) Fallen Angels: Revenge [Guillermo Saccomano & Cary Bates/Leopoldo Duranona] 7p

2) Fallen Angels: The Cutman [Guillermo Saccomano & Cary Bates/Leopoldo Duranona] 9p

3) Fallen Angels: Explosive Issue [Guillermo Saccomano & Cary Bates/Leopoldo Duranona] 14p

4) The Comic Books: What Hath Congress Wrought? [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

5) Mac Tavish: Hero Of Zodiac V [Jim Stenstrum/Pepe Moreno] 10p

6) The Ark [Roger McKenzie/Carmine Infantino & Walt Simonson] 8p

7) The Shining Sea [Nicola Cuti/Alfredo Alcala] 10p

Notes: $1.75 cover price with 88 pages. Mac Tavis was cover featured. All three Fallen Angels episodes probably appeared in South America or Europe before their appearance here. The artwork was dated 1976. All three stories were quite good, reminding one a bit of Frank Miller’s Sin City stories. Mac Tavish was an average SF serial for the Star Wars period. There were no credits for this story but it’s safe to assume that Stenstrum would have been billed as Alabaster Redzone again if there were. The Cuti/Alcala story ‘The Shining Sea’ was an ok story but putting a dolphin’s head on top of a human body resulted in one of the silliest looking critters that Warren ever put into print.
97. cover: Val Mayerik (Nov. 1978)

1) Within You…Without You [Bruce Jones/Richard Corben] 10p reprinted from Eerie #77 (Sept.


2) Time And Time Again [Bruce Jones/Richard Corben] 10p reprinted from Eerie #79 (Nov.


3) Years & Mind Forever [Bruce Jones/Richard Corben] 10p reprinted from Eerie #87 (Oct.


4) The Comic Books: Roll Over, Brancatelli [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

5) The Terror Beyond Time! [Archie Goodwin/Neal Adams] 16p reprinted from Creepy #15

(June 1967)

Notes: The 1978 Eerie Annual. Nicola Cuti replied on the letters’ page to a previous letter by a Rick Berry, defending the science in one of his stories. $1.25 cover price & 64 pages. The nudity in the Jones/Corben time travel serial had been largely censored since its first appearances. Exactly why is unclear, since Warren was publishing the far more raunchy 1984 at the same time.
98. cover: Patrick Woodroffe (Jan. 1979)

1) The Rook: Quarb And The Warball [Bill DuBay/Luis Bermejo] 31p

2) The Comic Books: Notes On Comix People! [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

3) Got You On My Mind [Bruce Jones/Russ Heath] 12p

4) Honor & Blood, part 3 [Nicola Cuti/Leopoldo Duranona] 8p
Notes: Honor And Blood, unseen since #94, concluded its run. The Rook story uses all of the Rook contest winner creations in a single story.
99. cover: Jordi Penalva (Feb. 1979)

1) The Rook: Hickey And The Pirates! [Bill DuBay/Jose Ortiz] 20p

2) The Comic Books: The Party [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

3) The Horizon Seekers [Leopoldo Duranona & Cary Bates/Leopoldo Duranona] 11p

4) The Shining Sea, part 2 [Nicola Cuti/Alfredo Alcala] 10p

5) Harrow House, part 2 [Bruce Jones/Jose Ortiz] 10p

6) A Crack In Time [Louise Jones/Pablo Marcos] 8p
Notes: The Rook was cover featured. $1.50 cover price. An ad for Eerie #100 featured art from the various intended stories and appeared on the letters’ page. A Laura Duranona from Central Islip, NY, sent in a letter praising Leopoldo Duranona’s work. Duranona himself began his best serial for Warren with ‘The Horizon Seekers’. ‘The Shining Sea’ was another tale of the goofy looking dolphin-headed folk. ‘Harrow House’ was a great ghost story, the best in the issue. Louise Jones got her first solo writing credit.
100. cover: Jordi Penalva (Apr. 1979)

1) The Rook: Master Of Ti Chi [Bill DuBay/Jimmy Janes & Alfredo Alcala] 30p

2) The Comic Books: Going For The Bucks [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

3) Presenting The 1978 Warren Awards [Louise Jones/et al] 2p [text article]

4) Gotterdammerung [Budd Lewis/Isidro Mones] 10p

5) The Horizon Seekers: In A Strange Land [Leopoldo Duranona & Cary Bates/Leopoldo

Duranona] 8p

6) Darklon The Mystic: Duel [Jim Starlin] 13p

Notes: $2.00 cover price & 88 pages in length. The cover depicted a number of characters who’d starred in serials in Eerie including the Rook, Coffin, the Spook, Exterminator One, Darklon, Dax & Hunter II. On the letters’ page, Bob Toomey replied to a previous Nicola Cuti letter. After not appearing in a story of his own since #80, three years previously, Darkon returned to conclude his serial. Easily the best story here, so it was too bad that it took so long to finish it off. Still, this was a rather lackluster 100th issue, with much of the issue given over to a substandard Rook episode.
101. cover: Jim Lauier (June 1979)

1) The Rook: The Martians Are Coming, The Martians Are Coming! [Bill DuBay/Jim Starlin &

Alfredo Alcala] 18p

2) Gotterdammerung!, part 2 [Budd Lewis/Isidro Mones] 10p

3) The Horizon Seekers, part 2 [Leopoldo Duranona & Cary Bates/Leopoldo Duranona] 12p

4) The Comic Books: The Inevitable Superman Story [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

5) Hunter II: Three Flames Of The Phoenix [Budd Lewis/Pepe Moreno] 13p
Notes: $1.75 cover price & 72 pages. A quite blah cover by Lauier headlined a rather blah issue with only ‘The Horizon Seekers’ episode showing any real spark. Alcala’s inks erased any sense of Starlin’s pencils on the Rook strip. Moreno’s artwork on the new standalone Hunter II script was quite good but the time or desire for a sequel to the original story had long since passed.
102. cover: Manuel Sanjulian (July 1979)

1) The Rook: Terror Of The Spaceways! [Bill DuBay/Lee Elias] 12p

2) The Comic Books: So Much For Traditions [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

3) The Horizon Seekers: Siege [Leopoldo Duranona & Cary Bates/Leopoldo Duranona] 9p

4) The Earthquake Stick [Budd Lewis/Jose Ortiz] 10p

5) Ophiophobia [Bill DuBay/Martin Salvador] 8p

6) Tracks [Roger McKenzie/Pepe Moreno] 7p

7) Neatness Counts [Jean Michel Martin/Joe Vaultz] 4p

Notes: Sanjulian returned for his first Eerie cover in 3 years but someone appears to have stripped the background out and the cover is an odd combo of Sanjulian’s earthy tones in the foreground and a flat white background. The Horizon Seekers were cover featured. $1.50 cover price. The best story here was ‘Tracks’ by the team of McKenzie/Moreno. ‘Ophiophobia’ by DuBay & Salvador was a throwback to the old horror oriented Eerie that is quite satisfying as well. The best art was by comics’ master Lee Elias on the Rook story.
103. cover: Terrence Lindall (Aug. 1979)

1) The Rook: Terror Of The Spaceways!, part 2 [Bill DuBay/Lee Elias] 16p

2) The Comic Books: The Corporate Mad [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

3) The Open Sky: Arianne [Bob Toomey/Jose Ortiz] 10p

4) The Trespasser [Don McGregor/Paul Gulacy] 8p

5) Samurai: Credentials [Larry Hama/Val Mayerik] 8p

6) The Horizon Seekers: The Damned & The Dead [Leopoldo Duranona & Cary Bates/Leopoldo

Duranona] 17p

Notes: Terrence Lindall’s grisly cover was for ‘The Horizon Seekers’. $1.75 cover price & 80 pages. Several of the pages in ‘The Rook’ were reprinted from the previous issue. Clearly ‘Terror Of The Spaceways!’ had been intended as a single story that had been cut in two for publication. The new serial ‘The Open Sky’ was a prequel to an earlier series, ‘Moonshadow’. The lead character in ‘The Trespasser’ was based on actor James Coburn. ‘Credentials’ was a sequel to ‘The Art Of Murder’ from Creepy #106. The Warren Companion gave the series the title ‘Samurai’ but that title doesn’t actually show up until #108’s titlepage and doesn’t appear on a story until #111. After its abrupt, incomplete ending in Eerie #111, the series was revived in 1987-1989 {with Chuck Dixon replacing Larry Hama on scripts} for an independent comic publisher under the title ‘Young Master’. Whatever title you give it, it was a fairly good series, clearly based upon the then largely unknown Japanese classic, Lone Wolf And Cub.
104. cover: Kirk Reinert (Sept. 1979)

1) The Rook: The Trouble With Tin Men [Bill DuBay/Jimmy Janes & Alfredo Alcala] 11p

2) The Comic Books: Still Collecting After All These Years [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

3) The Trespasser: Dusk [Don McGregor/Paul Gulacy] 8p

4) City Of Shadows [Jean Michel Martin/Leopoldo Duranona] 6p

5) Beastworld [Bruce Jones/Pablo Marcos] 11p

6) The Rook Ad [Rudy Nebres] 2p

7) The Open Sky: Vladimir [Bob Toomey/Jose Ortiz] 10p

8) The Horizon Seekers: Temple Of The Ravagers [Leopoldo Duranona & Cary Bates/Leopoldo

Duranona] 10p

Notes: The new serial, Beastworld, was cover featured. It was a decent enough, if not profound, battle of the sexes serial. ‘City Of Shadows’ was a fumetti strip with Duranona using photos of toys & action figures for the panels.
105. cover: Jordi Penalva (Oct. 1979)

1) The Rook: Robot Fighters [Bill DuBay/Jimmy Janes & Alfredo Alcala] 16p

2) The Rook Ad [Pablo Marcos & Alfredo Alcala] 1p

3) The Comic Books: Still Collecting After All These Years [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

4) The Trespasser: Ruins [Don McGregor/Paul Gulacy] 6p

5) Beastworld, part 2 [Bruce Jones/Pablo Marcos] 11p

6) Mac Tavish: Demons Of The Zodiac [Gary Null & Jim Stenstrum/Pepe Moreno] 10p

[Stenstrum’s contribution credited to Alabaster Redzone]

7) The Horizon Seekers: Hunger Strike [Leopoldo Duranona & Cary Bates/Leopoldo Duranona]


8) Samurai: Lair Of The Assassins [Larry Hama/Val Mayerik] 8p
Notes: Following this issue, the Rook moved to his own series. In what one would hope was an error, the Brancatelli column for the previous issue was reprinted in this issue. ‘The Trespasser’ concluded its run, with fine art by Gulacy & a somewhat over-wrought script by McGregor. Mac Tavis reappeared, with his second episode coming a full year after his last appearance. To celebrate, he appeared on the cover, with new supporting character Spider Andromeda. ‘Samurai’ continued to ape ‘Lone Wolf & Cub’, right up to the main villain in this story receiving an arrow wound to the same eye that the main villain in ‘Lone Wolf’ did. They’re also dead ringers for each other.
106. cover: Jose Ortiz & Walt Simonson (Nov. 1979)

1) Hard John Apple: An Angel Shy Of Hell! [Jim Stenstrum/Richard Corben] 8p reprinted from

Creepy #64 (Aug. 1974)

2) The Comic Books: The Comic-Book Grapevine [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

3) Hard John Apple: Kansas City Bomber [Jim Stenstrum/Jose Ortiz] 10p reprinted from Eerie

#83 (May 1977)

4) Hard John Apple: Brass Monkey [Jim Stenstrum/Jose Ortiz] 10p reprinted from Eerie #84

(June 1977)

5) Hard John Apple: Gonna Nuke Mankind Right Outa My Hair [Jim Stenstrum/Jose Ortiz] 10p

reprinted from Eerie #85 (Aug. 1977)

6) The Super-Abnormal Phenomena Survival Kit [Jim Stenstrum/John Severin] 8p reprinted

from Creepy #79 (May 1976)

Notes: The 1979 Eerie Annual. A Jim Stenstrum Special. The cover for this issue was a fix-up job. Jose Ortiz’s art was reprinted from a panel in Eerie #83 while Walt Simonson provided a new background. $1.50 cover price & 64 pages.
107. cover: Romas Kukalis (Dec. 1979)

1) The Horizon Seekers: The Last Horizon [Leopoldo Duranona & Cary Bates/Leopoldo

Duranona] 14p

2) The Comic Books: Lies Our Forefathers Told Us [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

3) Beastworld, part 3 [Bruce Jones/Pablo Marcos] 11p

4) Mac Tavish: Bad Company [Jim Stenstrum & Alex Sothern/Pepe Moreno] 10p [Stenstrum’s

contribution credited to Alabaster Redzone]

5) The Prophesy [Bill Kelly/Nestor De Leon] 10p

Notes: For the first and only time in Warren history, a supporting character, Spider Andromeda from the Mac Tavish strip, was cover featured. $1.35 was the rather odd cover price for 64 pages. Duranona and his wife both gueststar as themselves in the finale of ‘The Horizon Seekers’. It was a rather nice Twilight Zone touch.
108. cover: Jim Laurier (Jan. 1980)

1) A Lion In Our Midst [Nicola Cuti/Jess Jodloman] 15p

2) The Comic Books: Notes On Comix People [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

3) Beastworld, part 4 [Bruce Jones/Pablo Marcos] 11p

4) Samurai: A Juggler’s Tale [Larry Hama/Val Mayerik] 10p

5) Race Of The Damned [Norman Mundy & Cary Bates/Joe Vaultz] 7p

6) Growing Pains [Bob Toomey/Mike Zeck] 8p
Notes: $1.50 cover price with 72 pages. Lauier’s lackluster cover featured ‘Beastworld’. General Walters, a character in ‘A Lion In Our Midst’ was a dead ringer for Marvel’s Nick Fury. Mike Zeck provided the best art in this issue, although Val Mayerik and Pablo Marcos were quite good too. Best story was the Samurai’s episode, ‘A Juggler’s Tale’ while ‘Growing Pains’ was a good little horror tale.
109. cover: Kirk Reinert (Feb. 1980)

1) Blood On Black Satin [Doug Moench/Paul Gulacy] 16p

2) 1979 Warren Awards Ballot [Louise Jones] 1p [text article]

3) Beastworld, part 5 [Bruce Jones/Pablo Marcos] 11p

4) The Comic Books: Some Thoughts On What Has Gone Before [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text


5) Race Of The Damned, part 2 [Norman Mundy & Cary Bates/Joe Vaultz] 7p

6) Samurai: Fugue State [Larry Hama/Val Mayerik] 8p

7) Mac Tavish: The End Of The Steel Gang [Jim Stenstrum & Alex Southern/Pepe Moreno] 12p

[Stenstrum’s contribution credited to Alabaster Redzone]

Notes: $2.00 cover price with 80 pages. This month’s cover also featured ‘Beastworld’ but, unlike the dreary cover from the issue before, Reinert’s effort was quite striking. ‘Blood On Black Satin’ was probably Doug Moench’s best effort at Warren and would have made a great Hammer film script. Gulacy’s moody artwork was perfect for the story and makes one wish he’d done more horror work. This story was easily the best effort in an issue that had no weak episodes at all.
110. cover: Jim Laurier (Apr. 1980)

1) Blood On Black Satin, part 2 [Doug Moench/Paul Gulacy] 8p

2) The Comic Books: Building A New Marvel [Joe Brancatelli] 1p [text article]

3) Beastworld, part 6 [Bruce Jones/Pablo Marcos] 11p

4) The Open Sky: Francois [Bob Toomey/Jose Ortiz] 10p

5) Firefly/Starfight [Budd Lewis/Rafael Auraleon] 10p

6) The Rainmaker [Michael Fleisher/Leopoldo Duranona] 12p

7) Never Again [James Warren] 1p [editorial, on back cover]

Notes: $1.75 cover price with 72 pages. The Jim Laurier cover was supposedly for the ‘Firefly/Starfight’ story but the spaceships he painted looked a lot more like Joe Vaultz’s earlier designs for the ‘Race Of The Damned’ serial’s starfighters then anything in the ‘Firefly’ story. Unseen since #104, ‘The Open Sky’ returned to conclude its storyline. The absence of ‘Samurai’ was due to an injury to Val Mayerik’s drawing hand. ‘Beastworld’ concluded. Not a great serial, but at least interesting. Best story here was Michael Fleisher’s ‘The Rainmaker’ while best art remained Paul Gulacy’s ‘Blood On Black Satin’.
The Decline And Fall
111. cover: Ken Kelly (June 1980)

1) Blood On Black Satin, part 3 [Doug Moench/Paul Gulacy] 12p

2) Moto Psycho Cop [Nicola Cuti/John Garcia & Rudy Nebres] 8p

3) Samurai: The Messenger [Larry Hama/Val Mayerik] 8p

4) Mac Tavish: 50 Million Spacemen Can’t Be Wrong [Jim Stenstrum/Pepe Moreno] 12p

5) Haxtur: Beware Of Glahb [Victor de la Fuente] 12p

Notes: Editor: Bill DuBay as Will Richardson. ‘Blood On Black Satin’ concluded. Along with ‘Night Of The Jackass’, possibly the best straight horror serial Eerie ever ran. Samurai also ended its run quite abruptly {with its ending seemingly telegraphed by the dialogue in the last panel}, not to be seen again until 1987 from the team of Chuck Dixon & Val Mayerik. Mac Tavish, a solid, if not spectacular, serial also concluded its lengthy run. ‘Haxtur’ was brought over from 1984/1994 after two appearances there.
111. cover: Ken Kelly (July 1980)

1) The Spook: Stridspider Sponge-Rot [Doug Moench/Esteban Maroto] 10p reprinted from Eerie

#57 (June 1974)

2) Luana [Doug Moench/Esteban Maroto] 13p reprinted from Vampirella #31 (Mar. 1974)

3) The Rook Ad [Bob Larkin] 1p [B&W repo of #3’s cover]

4) Enter: The Exterminator—They Shoot Babies, Don’t They? [Bill DuBay/Esteban Maroto] 8p

reprinted from Eerie #58 (July 1974)

5) Rusty Bucklers [Bruce Jones/Esteban Maroto] 8p reprinted from Vampirella #57 (Jan. 1977)

6) Hollow Of Three Hills! [Rich Margopoulos/Esteban Maroto] 8p from the story by Nathaniel

Hawthorne, reprinted from Eerie #63 (Feb. 1975) [adaptation miscredited to Bill


7) Fallen Angels [Bill DuBay/Esteban Maroto] 8p reprinted from Vampirella #60 (May 1977)

8) The 1979 Warren Awards [Bill DuBay] 2p [text article]
Notes: All-reprint issue. An Esteban Maroto special. The Spook was cover featured. Although the reprints are high quality ones, it would probably have been better to use this issue to present all the Spook’s episodes.
112. cover: Jim Laurier (Aug. 1980)

1) Cousin Eerie’s Introduction [Bill DuBay/Jose Ortiz & Berni Wrightson] 1p

2) The Manifestation [Budd Lewis & Bill DuBay/E. R. Cruz] 25p [DuBay’s contribution

credited to Will Richardson]

3) Code Name: Nova [John Garcia & Bill DuBay/John Garcia & Alfredo Alcala] 16p [DuBay’s

story credited to Will Richardson, with no mention of Garcia’s contributions to story or


4) Haxtur And The Slow Death God! [Victor de la Fuente] 12p

Notes: $2.00 cover price with 72 pages. The Cousin Eerie page was a fixup effort, with Ortiz’s art reprinted from the 1978 Warren Calendar and Wrightson’s Cousin Eerie figure from one of his stock introduction poses. Although Creepy and Vampirella continued as quality publications for some time after DuBay took over for his second stint as editor, Eerie almost immediately settled in mediocrity—featuring second-rate artists and deadly dull stories. Few of the new serials to come in the next three years would generate any excitement. This issue shows exactly why. ‘The Manifestation’ wasn’t a bad story, but Cruz’ static art robbed it of any real excitement. ‘Code Name: Nova’ was just boring. The Haxtur story was OK but its move from 1994 meant that many Eerie readers hadn’t seen the first two episodes and it was hard to get excited about a serial midpoint through its run. In addition, this serial dated from 1971 and while it was a good story and probably provided a lot of excitement in Europe when it first appeared, readers had had the opportunity since then to read hundreds of sword & sorcery stories. By the time Haxtur finally appeared in the U.S., he just seemed run of the mill.
113. cover: Manuel Sanjulian (Sept. 1980)

1) Star Warrior! [David Jacobs/A. L. Sanchez] 31p

2) The Executioners [Carlos Gimenez] 12p

3) Haxtur: Panthers, Wolves And Death! [Victor de la Fuente] 12p

Notes: $1.75 cover price. Sanjulian delivered a decent Haxtur cover while ‘The Executioners’ was a well-written, well-drawn SF thriller. ‘Star Warrior!’, however, was a total dud on all levels. Berni Wrightson provided a new Cousin Eerie illo for the letters’ page.
115. cover: Jim Laurier (Oct. 1980)

1) Night Of The Jackass: 24 Hours Of Hell! [Bruce Bezaire/Jose Ortiz] 12p reprinted from Eerie

#60 (Sept. 1974)

2) Night Of The Jackass: Storm Before The Calm! [Bruce Bezaire/Jose Ortiz] 10p reprinted from

Eerie #63 (Feb. 1975)

3) Night Of The Jackass: The Children’s Hour [Bruce Bezaire/Jose Ortiz] 10p reprinted from

Eerie #64 (Mar. 1975)

4) Night Of The Jackass: Endstorm! [Bruce Bezaire/Jose Ortiz] 10p reprinted from Eerie #65

(Apr. 1975)

5) Excerpts From The Year Five! [Budd Lewis/Jose Ortiz] 10p reprinted from Eerie #67 (Aug.

Notes: Laurier’s cover, depicting the Jackasses, is much better than his usual fare. The 1980 Eerie Annual and a Jose Ortiz special. It was nice to see the superior ‘Night Of The Jackass’ serial collected.
116. cover: Enrich Torres (Nov. 1980)

1) Bishop Dane: Blackjack [Rich Margopoulos/E.R. Cruz] 20p

2) Star Warriors: Plunderworld [Rich Margopoulos/Fred Redondo] 12p

3) Cagim: The Marks Of Merlin! [Budd Lewis/E. R. Cruz] 12p

4) Haxtur: Warriors And Friends! [Victor de la Fuente] 6p
Notes: $1.75 cover price with 64 pages. A dreary sword & sorcery cover by Enrich was supposedly of Haxtur but it looked nothing like the character. ‘Blackjack’ was a story starring the Rook’s granddad. The Rook gueststared in his grandpappy’s first but none too interesting solo adventure. The ‘Star Warriors’ story was apparently an attempt at a series but it was extremely lame and led nowhere. It also had nothing to do with the ‘Star Warrior’ story from Eerie #114. Cagim {read the name backwards} was an ok serial, dealing with an uncredited takeoff on T. H. White’s backward living magician {and not the Merlin character that Budd Lewis had written as a serial in the 1970s for Eerie}. Cruz’s artwork was dull on the Blackjack story but ok for Cagim.
117. cover: Enrich Torres (Dec. 1980) reprinted from Vampirella #37’s back cover (Oct. 1974)

1) Cagim: City Of Fire [Budd Lewis/E.R. Cruz] 14p

2) His Brother’s Keeper! [Jim Stenstrum/Neil McFeeters] 8p

3) Bruce Bloodletter: The Jalopy Scam [Cary Bates/Fernando Fernandez] 12p

4) Haxtur: A Time For Dying [Victor de la Fuente] 17p
Notes: This reprint cover was quite lovely and in marked contrast to Enrich’s sloppy looking cover from the previous issue. Cagim became a superhero, complete with costume. The Bruce Bloodletter artwork had again been done years before for a European educational comic called Space And Adventure. Here, it was given a completely new script to turn it into a routine science fantasy tale. Haxtur concluded his run with his best story. However, the real delight here is the Stenstrum/McFeeters story ‘His Brother’s Keeper!’. While this wasn’t Stenstrum’s best story for Warren, it was head and shoulders better than the low-level material that had been appearing in Eerie for the last six months. McFeeters’ only art job for Warren was also quite nice.
118. cover: Jordi Penalva (Jan. 1981)

1) Haggarth: Skull Of The Three Snakes [Victor de la Fuente] 18p

2) Steel Starfire: Tales From The Galactic Inn [Rich Margopoulos/Rudy Nebres] 8p

3) The Red Shot [Bruce Bezaire/Jess Jodloman] 16p

4) Space Kids [Fernando Fernandez] 8p
Notes: ‘Haggarth’ had been serialized throughout Europe in the late 1970s. Still, it was probably the best serial that Eerie published in its last three years. The mysterious Bruce Bezaire returned for one story, but I suspect ‘The Red Shot’ was written years earlier and only illustrated now. Either way, it wasn’t a very good story. The so-so Fernandez’s effort was an inventory story, done about 1975 or so.
119. cover: Bob Larkin (Feb. 1981)

1) Zud Kamish: Accept No Substitute! [Jim Stenstrum/E.R. Cruz] 27p

2) Sindy Starfire [Rich Margopoulos/Rueben Yandoc] 10p

3) Haggarth: Eyes Of The Dead! [Victor de la Fuente] 15p

Notes: $1.95 cover price with 72 pages. Bob Larkin delivered a blah cover. Zud Kamish was actually a fairly good serial with Stenstrum managing to create some amusement and interest despite being saddled with E.R. Cruz’s artwork. ‘Sindy Starfire’ might have made a fine serial as well, but for some reason, when fans asked for more on the letters’ page, Warren pooh-poohed the idea.
120. cover: Jim Laurier (Apr. 1981)

1) Zud Kamish: Death Of A Cometeer [Jim Stenstrum/E.R. Cruz] 12p

2) Bishop Dane And Dax The Warrior!: The Warrior And The Gunfighter! [Rich Margopoulos/A.

L. Sanchez] 14p

3) The Mist: A Public And Private Surveillance [Don McGregor/Jun Lofamia] 12p

4) Haggarth: Sombra The Damned! [Victor de la Fuente] 15p

Notes: Cover price now $2.00. A better than average issue with three good serial episodes. Zud and Haggarth continued their winning ways while Don McGregor’s fine tale of witchcraft, ‘The Mist’, debuted. It would go through three different artists and long gaps in appearances but still managed to tell an effective tale. {Some of the reasons for the gaps in appearances can be found in McGregor’s interview on the Warren Interviews page.} Starting with this issue, Eerie began a policy of reviving old series stars {even dead ones—especially the dead ones}, without using the original creators, to appear in one-shot stories, often with a guest star. Dax was the first, teamed up with the Rook’s granddad. Sanchez, however, was no Maroto and his pudgy Dax looked more like Marvel’s Ka-Zar then the thin, wiry Dax of yore.
121. cover: Vaughn Bode & Basil Gogos (June 1981) reprinted from Eerie #26 (Mar. 1970)

1) The Mist: Blood Cycles [Don McGregor/Jun Lofamia] 15p

2) Born Of Ancient Vision [Robert Morello & Budd Lewis/Robert Morello] 11p

3) Hunter, Demon Killer And Darklon The Mystic: Ashes To Ashes [Rich Margopoulos/A. L.

Sanchez] 14p

4) Haggarth: Fall Of The Death Head! [Victor de la Fuente] 12p

Notes: Chris Adames becomes the editor. Why the ugliest cover that Vaughn Bode ever did for Warren was the only one of his chosen for reprinting is beyond me. It’s really a dog. Robert Morello’s decent SF story was visually quite bizarre looking. Sanchez made a real effort this time and his Darklon drawings are pretty good. However, combining two characters who have absolutely zero in common with each other, is never a good idea.
122. cover: Romas Kukalis (July 1981)

1) The Beast Of Sarnadd-Doom! [Budd Lewis/Gonzalo Mayo] 11p

2) The Nu Zud Kamish: The Chameleon Stands Revealed! [Jim Stenstrum/E.R. Cruz] 10p

[Stenstrum’s story credited to Alabaster Redzone]

3) The Mist: Victoria Rode The Subway Last Night! [Don McGregor/Val Mayerik] 14p

4) Haggarth, Book II [Victor de la Fuente] 14p

Notes: Romas’ cover was quite attractive and the accompanying story, ‘The Beast Of Sarnadd-Doom!’ was a fine sword & sorcery tale. Zud’s series title was slightly changed. The best story and art belonged to this issue’s installment of The Mist. Mayerik’s art was quite impressive.
123. cover: Manuel Sanjulian (Aug. 1981)

1) The Mist: Token Resistance [Don McGregor/Val Mayerik] 14p

2) Born Of Ancient Vision: In Sight Of Heaven, In Reach Of Hell [Budd Lewis/Robert Morello]


3) Remember All The People [Don McGregor/Leopoldo Duranona] 11p

4) Harrarth, Book II: Path Of The Tempered Soul! [Victor de la Fuente] 12p

Notes: Sanjulian’s cover was done in 1972 and originally intended for Creepy #47. See that issue’s notes for details. This would be the last appearance of ‘The Mist’ for a year and a half. Don McGregor’s ‘Remember All The People’ was a heartfelt tribute to the slain John Lennon. It was also Duranona’s last art job for Warren.
124. cover: Frank Frazetta (Sept. 1981) reprinted from Creepy #7 (Feb. 1966)

1) Cagim: The Sea Of Red [Budd Lewis/E.R.Cruz] 12p

2) Pyramid Of The Black Sun: Orka [Antonio Segura & Jim Stenstrum/Luis Bermejo] 12p [story

is credited solely to Alabaster Redzone]

3) Born Of Ancient Vision: God Of Light [Budd Lewis/Robert Morello] 17p

4) Haggarth, Book II: The Sacred Scroll [Victor de la Fuente] 10p

Notes: ‘Pyramid Of The Black Sun’ appeared in Europe in the late 1970s, with a script by Segura & art by Bermejo. It was greatly rewritten here and the art has been rearranged. As Eerie issues of this time period go, this was a fairly decent one.
125. cover: Richard Corben (Oct. 1981) reprinted from Eerie #77 (Sept. 1976)

1) Curse Of The Vampire! [Archie Goodwin/Neal Adams] 8p reprinted from Creepy #14 (Apr.


2) The Terror Beyond Time! [Archie Goodwin/Neal Adams] 16p reprinted from Creepy #15

(June 1967)

3) Goddess From The Sea [Don Glut/Neal Adams] 6p reprinted from Vampirella #1 (Oct. 1969)

4) Thrillkill [Jim Stenstrum/Neal Adams] 8p reprinted from Creepy #75 (Nov. 1975)

5) A Curse Of Claws! [Archie Goodwin/Neal Adams] 6p reprinted from Creepy #16 (Aug. 1967)

6) Voodoo Drum! [Archie Goodwin/Neal Adams] 8p reprinted from Eerie #10 (July 1967)

7) Fair Exchange [Archie Goodwin/Neal Adams] 8p reprinted from Eerie #9 (May 1967)

Notes: $2.25 cover price and 80 pages. The 1981 Eerie Annual and a Neal Adams special. There were numerous new Cousin Eerie illos by Berni Wrightson used for introductions. A great buy for Adams fans!
126. cover: Richard Corben (Nov. 1981)

1) The Nu Zud Kamish: Crabs [John Ellis Sech/E.R. Cruz] 14p

2) Pyramid Of The Black Sun: Blekos [Antonio Segura & Jim Stenstrum/Luis Bermejo] 13p

[story credited solely to Alabaster Redzone]

3) Korsar [Jim Stenstrum/Esteban Maroto] 12p [story credited to Alabaster Redzone]

4) Haggarth, Book II, part 4 [Victor de la Fuente] 13p

Notes: Corben’s cover was originally for a paperback cover. $2.00 cover price for 72 pages. Zud Kamish got a new writer.
127. cover: Nestor Redondo (Dec. 1981)

1) Justin, King Of The Jungle [Bill DuBay & Rich Margopoulos/Rudy Nebres] 14p [DuBay’s

contribution credited to Will Richardson]

2) Reuben Youngblood [Budd Lewis/Howard Chaykin & Lee Elias] 11p

3) Merlin And The Sorcerer [Budd Lewis/E.R. Cruz] 14p

4) Haggarth, Book II, part 5 [Victor de la Cruz] 12p

Notes: Bill DuBay returned as editor with Timothy Moriarty listed as managing editor. The page count was dropped to 64 pages. Future comic artist Alec Stevens sent in a letter complaining about reprint covers while asking for a Wally Wood reprint special. ‘Justin, King Of The Jungle’ was an actual horror story, now an unusual happening in Eerie, and was quite good, with beautiful Nebres artwork. Reuben Youngblood returned for the first time since #72 back in 1976. This story was obviously done about 1975 as well, except for two new pages that Elias drew, probably to lengthen the story for this appearance. Another inker, possibly Walt Simonson, may have worked on this story back in 1975 as well. ‘Merlin And The Sorcerer’ concerned the Merlin character from the Cagim series, not the Budd Lewis penned Merlin series from the 1970s.
128. cover: Kirk Reinert (Jan. 1982)

1) Dr. Coven: Ashes To Ashes! [Rich Margopoulos/Rudy Nebres] 11p

2) The Demon Queen [Jonathan Thomas/Jose Ortiz] 7p

3) Zud And Son: Heroes At Large! [John Ellis Sech/E.R. Cruz] 11p

4) Blackstar And The Night Huntress [Gerry Boudreau/Peter Hsu] 9p

5) Avenger! [Archie Goodwin/Jim Starlin & Neal Adams] 8p

6) Haggarth, Book II, part 6 [Victor de la Fuente] 11p
Notes: A striking Reinert cover highlighted a somewhat better than average issue. ‘Avenger!’ was done in 1974 and was originally intended for Creepy #64 (Aug. 1974). The low point was certainly the ‘Blackstar And The Night Huntress’ story, a sequel to the original from Eerie #85. Hsu’s art was in his ‘Quandrant’ style—awkwardly posed soft-porn cheesecake, with a lot of female model guides and positions taken from Playboy centerfold pages. ‘Haggarth’ continued to be the best thing in Eerie.
129. cover: Manuel Sanjulian (Feb. 1982)

1) Marvin, The Dead-Thing: Ode To A Dead Thing! [Bill DuBay/Rudy Nebres] 13p

2) Ms. Liberty [Rich Margopoulos/Jun Lofamia] 7p

3) Mercenary! [Nicola Cuti/Pat Boyette] 9p

4) Space Force: Shipwrecked [Jean-Claude Forest/Paul Gillon] 13p [strip credited solely to


5) Haggarth, Book II, part 7 [Victor de la Fuente] 12p
Notes: The revival of Marvin, The Dead-Thing, a character only done originally as a satirical blast at Marvel & DC’s swamp creatures, showed just how far off track Warren had fallen. The original Marvin story was funny but this one was played straight and was as run-of-the-mill as you could get. Not to mention the fact that with Nebres doing the art, Marvin looked alarmingly like the Nestor Redondo illustrated ‘Swamp Thing’! ‘Mercenary!’ was a straight action adventure story with no horror or SF elements at all. I suspect it was originally intended for The Rook magazine. ‘Shipwrecked’ was a French strip that debuted there in 1964. The covers that Sanjulian was supplying Warren with at this point often looked like rejected covers for a paperback sword & sorcery series, something he was doing quite regularly at the time. They usually had zero to do with the contents of the magazine.
130. cover: Steve Fastner & Rich Larson (Apr. 1982)

1) Vampirella And The Time Force [Rich Margopoulos/E.R. Cruz] 54p

Notes: Timothy Moriarty became the new {and last} editor. The letters’ page vanished. This was possibly the most depressing issue of Eerie ever produced. It’s not so much that the story is bad, because it wasn’t that horrible. It’s just that the entire concept of this issue trashed so much of Eerie’s history. The book-length story borrowed Vampi, along with her supporting cast from a year previous, making one suspect this story was intended as a serial in Vampi’s own magazine, then linked her up with a host of Eerie’s most recognizable series characters. In addition to Vampi and Pantha, the Pie, Shreck, Child, Exterminator One, Dax the Damned, Hunters I & II, Mac Tavish, the Spook, Coffin, Darklon, Manners the Tin Man, the Rook and his Grandpappy, Bishop Dane, appear. Since, with the expection of the Rook & his supporting cast, most of the characters had died at the end of their usually quite grim serials, coupled with the fact that most of their original storylines could not possibly co-exist with each other gave the resulting story the distinct air of desperation that had begun to soak into all of Warren’s magazines during this period. Add to that the depressing fact that E.R. Cruz couldn’t draw a sexy female if she came up, sat on his lap and twirled. In addition, all of his men had the exact same facial features and his static layouts tended to make one looking at a page of his art feel as though they were staring at a blank gray wall and you end up with an exceedingly dreary issue.
131. cover: Rudy Nebres (June 1982)

1) Wally Wood, 1927-1981 [Timothy Moriarty?] 1p [text article, obituary]

2) Killer Hawk [Bill DuBay/Wally Wood] 12p reprinted from Eerie #61 (Nov. 1974)

3) Overworked! [Archie Goodwin/Dan Adkins & Wally Wood] 6p reprinted from Creepy #9

(June 1966)

4) The Cosmic All [Wally Wood] 8p reprinted from Creepy #38 (Mar. 1971)

5) The Battle Of Britain! [Wally Wood/Dan Adkins & Wally Wood] 7p reprinted from Blazing

Combat #3 (Apr. 1966) [art credited solely to Wood]

6) War Of The Wizards! [Wally Wood] 8p reprinted from Vampirella #10 (Mar. 1971)

7) The Manhunters [Gerry Boudreau/Wally Wood] 8p reprinted from Eerie #60 (Sept. 1974)

Notes: An all Wally Wood special. $2.00 for 64 pages. The cover was a pen & ink illo instead of a painting. From this point on, just about every other issue of Eerie was a reprint issue.
132. cover: Manuel Sanjulian (July 1982)

1) The Rook: The Dane Curse! [Budd Lewis/Luis Bermejo] 13p

2) The Nu Zud Kamish: Hero Of The Milky Way [John Ellis Sech/E.R.Cruz] 14p

3) Space Force: Shipwrecked, part 2 [Jean-Claude Forest/Paul Gillon] 12p

4) Haggarth, Book II, part 8 [Victor de la Fuente] 12p
Notes: With the cancellation of his own magazine, the Rook returned to Eerie. His story here was the third part of a serial begun in The Rook #13.
133. cover: Manuel Sanjulian (Aug. 1982)

1) Eerie’s Exciting Earful [Timothy Moriarty] 1p [text article]

2) Destiny’s Witch [John Jacobson/Ramon Torrents] 12p reprinted from Creepy #59 (Jan. 1974)

3) Fleur: From The Spain Of Legend! [John Jacobson/Ramon Torrents] 10p reprinted from

Vampirella #34 (June 1974)

4) Fleur: Our Tars Were Young And Gay! [John Jacobson/Ramon Torrents] 10p reprinted from

Vampirella #35 (Aug. 1974)

5) Fleur: Night Of The Alleycats [Gerry Boudreau/Ramon Torrents] 8p reprinted from

Vampirella #68 (Apr. 1978)

7) The Quest [Budd Lewis/Ramon Torrents] 8p reprinted from Vampirella #67 (Mar. 1978)

8) The Goblin Ad [Rudy Nebres] 1p [on back cover]
Notes: An all-reprint Ramon Torrents special. ‘The Quest’ had one page deleted. The features page was revived with a new title.
134. cover: Rudy Nebres (Sept. 1982)

1) Eerie’s Exciting Earful [Timothy Moriarty] 1p [text article]

2) The Rook: The Fallen [Budd Lewis/Luis Bermejo] 9p

3) Space Force: Shipwrecked, part 3 [Jean-Claude Forest/Paul Gillon] 14p

4) The Fighting Armenian [Bill DuBay/Rudy Nebres] 8p [color]

5) Zud Kamish [John Ellis Sech/E.R. Cruz] 9p

6) Haggarth, Book II, part 9 [Victor de la Fuente] 10p
Notes: The cover was a pen & ink illo, not a painted cover. The Fighting Armenian moved over from the cancelled The Rook and was cover featured. Why is a puzzlement, as he was an extremely lame knockoff character to begin with. The Rook or Zud would have been a much better choice. Eerie Showcase, a color insert, began. The color and paper resembles a shoddy Charlton comic with really crappy page cutting. It’s quite a fall from the glorious Warren color sections of a few years earlier. Zud Kamish concluded his series without dying! He only had his arms and legs blown off in a Warren version of a happy ending.
135. cover: Manuel Sanjulian (Oct. 1982)

1) The Spirit Of The Thing! [Archie Goodwin/Steve Ditko] 8p reprinted from Creepy #9 (June


2) Collector’s Edition! [Archie Goodwin/Steve Ditko] 8p reprinted from Creepy #10 (Aug. 1966)

3) Beast Man! [Archie Goodwin/Steve Ditko] 8p reprinted from Creepy #11 (Oct. 1966)

4) Blood Of The Werewolf! [Archie Goodwin/Steve Ditko] 8p reprinted from Creepy #12 (Dec.


5) Second Chance! [Archie Goodwin/Steve Ditko] 6p reprinted from Creepy #13 (Feb. 1967)

6) Where Sorcery Lives! [Archie Goodwin/Steve Ditko] 8p reprinted from Creepy #14 (Apr.


7) Thane: City Of Doom! [Archie Goodwin/Steve Ditko] 8p reprinted from Creepy #15 (June


8) The Incredible Shrieking Man! [Archie Goodwin/Steve Ditko] 7p reprinted from Eerie #4

(July 1966)

9) The Fly! [Archie Goodwin/Steve Ditko] 8p reprinted from Eerie #7 (Jan. 1967)

10) Demon Sword! [Archie Goodwin/Steve Ditko] 8p reprinted from Eerie #8 (Mar. 1967)

11) The Goblin Ad [Rudy Nebres] 1p [on back cover]
Notes: $2.75 for 96 pages. An all-reprint Steve Ditko {and Archie Goodwin} special and the 1982 Eerie Annual. ‘The Incredible Shrieking Man’ was retitled from its original appearance as ‘Shrieking Man’. Great collector’s issue!
136. cover: Nestor Redondo (Nov. 1982)

1) Eerie’s Exciting Earful [Timothy Moriarty] 1p [text article]

2) The Rook: The Fallen, part 2 [Budd Lewis/Luis Bermejo] 8p

3) Space Force: Shipwrecked, part 4 [Jean-Claude Forest/Paul Gillon] 15p

4) Starlad [Bill DuBay/Vic Catan] 8p [color]

5) Haggarth, Book II, part 10 [Victor de la Fuente] 14p

6) The 1981 Warren Awards [Timothy Moriarty] 2p [text article]
Notes: $2.25 for 64 pages. Nestor Redondo’s cover was quite striking. The Rook made his final appearance. ‘Space Force: Shipwrecked’ did as well with the serial never being concluded. ‘Haggarth’ concluded his run and was probably the best serial to run in the latter days of Eerie. After a long delay the 1981 Warren Awards were announced with best cover going to Steve Fastner & Rich Larson for 1994 #22, Nicola Cuti winning best writer for his Fox serial from Vampirella, Victor de la Fuente winning the story of the year for Haggarth, Anton Caravana winning best art for ‘Call It Chaos’ from Vampirella #100, Luis Bermejo for artist of the year, Nestor Redondo for cover artist of the year and special awards for excellance to Frank Thorne and Rudy Nebres.
137. cover: montage of previous covers (Dec. 1982)

1) Eerie’s Exciting Earful [Timothy Moriarty] 1p [text article]

2) Darklon The Mystic: The Price [Jim Starlin] 9p reprinted from Eerie #76 (Aug. 1976)

3) Exterminator One [Bill DuBay/Paul Neary] 8p reprinted from Eerie #60 (Sept. 1974)

4) The Mummy: The Mind Within [Steve Skeates/Jaime Brocal] 10p reprinted from Eerie #50

(Aug. 1973)

5) Coffin: Death Wish! [Budd Lewis/Jose Ortiz] 10p reprinted from Eerie #61 (Nov. 1974)

6) Eerie’s Greatest Heroes! [Timothy Moriarty] 2p [text article with a hero story checklist]

7) Hunter [Rich Margopoulos/Paul Neary] 10p reprinted from Eerie #52 (Nov. 1973)

8) The Spook: Stridespider Sponge-Rot [Doug Moench/Esteban Maroto] 10p reprinted from

Eerie #57 (June 1974)
Notes: An all-reprint ‘Origins’ special. $2.25 for 80 pages. Warren reprinted the opening episodes of various Eerie characters without telling their entire story. In my opinion, a good way to frustrate readers, although the addition of a checklist for back orders was a nice touch.
138. cover: Nestor Redondo (Jan. 1983)

1) The Noxious Newspage [Timothy Moriarty] 1p [text article]

2) The Mist [Don McGregor/Bill Draut] 13p

3) The Mist, part 2 [Don McGregor/Bill Draut] 10p

4) Granny Gutman And The Limbo Men [Rich Margopoulos/Fred Carrillo] 8p [color]

5) Glythis [Timothy Moriarty/E.R. Cruz] 8p

6) Sherlock Holmes: A Study In Scarlet, part 3 [Rich Margopoulos/Noly Panaligan] 11p
Notes: A beautiful Redondo cover heralded the return and conclusion of ‘The Mist’, unseen since #123, back in Aug. 1981. ‘Glythis’, a new serial, was never concluded. The Sherlock Holmes strip was the conclusion of a serial begun in the cancelled The Rook magazine. $2.25 for 64 pages.
139. cover: Kelly Freas (Feb. 1983)

1) The Noxious Newspage [Timothy Moriarty] 1p [text article]

2) Voyage Of The Space Beagle [Rich Margopoulos/Luis Bermejo] 43p from the story by A. E.

Van Vogt

3) The Infinity Force [Bill DuBay/Rudy Nebres] 8p [color]
Notes: Final issue. Clearly an effort was being made to upgrade the quality of Warren’s story offerings as this was a very good adaptation of Van Vogt’s classic tale. After the dreariness of the previous two years, this was a nice way for Eerie to leave the stage.

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