Monday, October 27, 2014
October is Spookey Month: Tricks and treats with Creepy #36 (November 1970)
I can't decide which is the treat. Is it the dinosaur or the cheesecake? This is the cover to Creepy #36 (November 1970), naturally. Nature being the operant word here. This painting is by Kenneth Smith, who contributed a few covers to the magazine around this time. It's an image that actually appears as a panel in the story "Weird World" inside.
Nicola Cuti wrote "Weird World" and Tom Sutton illustrated it. It's a story about an astronaut lost on a jungle planet where this woman rides around on a triceratops. The whole thing has a Richard Corben feel to it, and when I first saw this cover that's who I thought painted it. But no, Kenneth Smith. Smith painted a number of science fiction book covers and was one of the artists included in a book that's a particular favorite of mine, Ray Bradbury's Dinosaur Tales along with people like Moebius and William Stout.
Well, here's a dinosaur. You know, because dinosaurs are such an important part of our Halloween traditions. The story itself has a downbeat twist ending and this cover image remains popular among Creepy fans to this day. It was probably pretty popular in 1970, too, but I was only two years old at the time and wouldn't remember anyway.