Creepy Things #2
Published and © by Charlton, October 1975
Title: “The Greatest Treasure”
Synopsis: Archeologist Adam Webb’s penchant for greed over science keeps getting him and his team in trouble.
Writer: Joe Gill
Artist: Enrique Nieto
Review: Once again (see review of Creepy Things #1), this series leads off with an awful lead feature. Joe Gill’s story reads like an unrelated series of scenes and then just ends. Enrique Nieto rendering is adequate but his storytelling is hindered by poor page design. Not enjoyable at all.
Title: “… A Spell of Misery!”
Synopsis: A voodoo practitioner living in a big-city tenement teaches a wicked slumlord a harrowing lesson.
Writer: Joe Gill
Artist: Rich Larson
Review: Mama Carafino is colored white but racist tropes undergird this story anyway. Rich Larson’s art is a huge step up.
Title: “Slimes, Slogs and Glumps”
Synopsis: Parental reaction to a young boy’s collection of ugly swamp creatures puts the entire family in jeopardy.
Writer: Nicola Cuti
Penciler: Tom Sutton
Review: Nicola Cuti’s story is unspectacular but professional, so it stands out in comparison. Tom Sutton provides above-average support on art.
Grade (for the entire issue): C
Cool factor: Some fine up-and-coming artists in this issue.
Not-so-cool factor: Creepy Things needs to up its story game.
Notable: Also includes a one-pager by Joe Molloy and Mike Zeck titled “A Trap!”
Collector’s note: According to the Grand Comics Database, there is a Modern reprint of this issue from 1977.
Character quotable: “That’s a slog and I’ll bet it’s the ugliest most gruesome thing you ever saw.” – Cathy Ann Krulder, swamp urchin
Editor’s note: This review was written Oct. 28, 2022.