There are three immutable things dear to my heart besides my dogs: Corvettes, comics and Creepshow!
George Romero and Stephen King's 1982 cult horror anthology was a witty tribute to the Golden Age of horror comics like EC's Tales From the Crypt, The Vault of Horror and The Vault of Fear and later Bronze Age titles like DC's House of Mystery, Witching Hour and House of Secrets.
The film featured five different spine-chillingly strange segments depicting killer cockroaches, a toothy Arctic creature, a moss-spreading meteorite, beach zombies and one of the best corpse-from-the-grave scenes ever captured on film. Cameos and starring roles included twisted performances by Leslie Nielsen, Ted Danson, Viveca Lindfors, Ed Harris, Adrienne Barbeau, Hal Holbrook, Fritz Weaver, E.G. Marshall and even King himself, all filmed with a colorful comic-book flair and tongue firmly planted (haha plant!) in cheek.
A beautiful 64-page oversized graphic novelization of the movie filled with killer art by master illustrator Bernie Wrightson was published in July of 1982 by Plume. This unavailable gem has now attained the level of a prized collectible, with Near Mint copies fetching upwards of $200 on Ebay and at pop culture conventions. A new prestige re-issue of the out-of-print Creepshow comic is planned by the original publisher this spring, finally restoring this horror treasure in all its gruesome glory in time for its 35th anniversary.
Here's the official publication release:
Now back in print: the graphic novel adaptation of Stephen King's Creepshow, based on the 1982 horror anthology and cult classic film directed by George Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead) — and featuring stunning illustrations by the legendary Bernie Wrightson and cover art by the acclaimed Jack Kamen! A harrowing and darkly humorous tribute to the controversial and influential horror comics of the 1950s, Creepshow presents five sinister stories from the #1 New York Times bestselling author—"Father’s Day," "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill," "Something to Tide You Over," "The Crate" and "They're Creeping Up on You" … unforgettable tales of terror to haunt your days and nights!
Check out the original cover below, then pre-order it HERE and tell us "if you can hold your breath" until it's released on May 9.
(via Bloody Disgusting)