It’s back in the store, this time in softcover format: Creepy Archives Volume 1, from Dark Horse.

We all know what Creepy is, right? I mean, the 1960s magazine format horror publication, twinned with Eerie, from Jim Warren. The famously thrifty but visionary Jim Warren who brought forth a high-quality black-and-white anthology title that still has legs, arms, and tentacles today in 2023.

The softcover, more affordable and still gorgeous Volume 1 reprints issues 1 to 5 in the original magazine size (larger page size than standard comics), and is a faithful reproduction of the work by Frank Frazetta, Al Williamson, Gray Morrow, Alex Toth, Joe Orlando, Reed Crandall and so on. 

It’s a flashback to an earlier time, a chance to see the superb craftsmanship of these mid-century artists. The carefully rendered panels of line work and wash, the themes of gothic horror and ghastly ghosts, the carefully orchestrated scripts of Archie Goodwin. Page after page, story after story of incredibly well-executed light horror.

It’s all good and for twenty-five bucks, an amazing treasure.

Dark Horse, Creepy Archives Volume 1 TPB, $24.99 for 248 pages black and white. Teen

By Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!