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Chilling Archives of Horror Comics #23. Highly Recommended. By Lou Cameron. Edited by Tillmann Courth and Craig Yoe. Lou Cameron was a groundbreaking artist in the 1950s Pre-Code comics era but all the work here is little known. He's far better known for Classics Illustrated like The Time Machine, a far more conventional work. His work here is simply amazing, with details and nuances that I think are worthy of Frazetta during the same period! With his innovative experimental layouts and frequent use of surrealism, his horror comics have been described as “Jim Steranko meets Graham Ingels.”


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Lou Cameron was a groundbreaking artist in the 1950s Pre-Code comics era but all the work here is little known. He's far better known for Classics Illustrated like The Time Machine, a far more conventional work. His work here is simply amazing, with details and nuances that I think are worthy of Frazetta during the same period! With his innovative experimental layouts and frequent use of surrealism, his horror comics have been described as “Jim Steranko meets Graham Ingels.”

Zombies, vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts, and devils from terror-filled stories like “Faceless Horror,” “Lure of the Zombie Diamonds,” “Graveyard of Ghost Ships,” “Kill My Minions of Death,” and “The Unsleeping Dead” will make you scream with delight!

Includes a wonderful 19-page introduction that offers us some of Cameron's best work, such as the cover to The Classics Illustrated title War of the Worlds. But here too is a wonderful picture of him as a young man in uniform, the original art to two wonderful covers (one is scanned here in black and white), his classic "spider-web" cover for Web of Mystery #8; more original art, splash pages for CI's "The Bottle Imp" and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr, Hyde." Plus original art for a "So It Seems," his syndicated comic strip from 1952.

"..he would experiment with the comics form and storytelling in the same way his contemporaries Will Eisner, Bernard Krigstein, and, later, Jim Steranko would do to amazing effect. Cameron boldly broke down the stories into panels in risky, interesting ways. The panels of different shapes and sizes were separated or framed by inanimate objects. The lighting...possibly inspired by Wally Wood..." -Craig Yoe

Cameron was interviewed some time back in Alter Ego and it's worth digging it out if you are any kind of fan. He really cared about his work, and it shows in spades here in these stories, some of his finest work in comics. But this also incorporates details from that into a new biography here.

He left comics shortly after his never-to-be-forgotten final work with Classics Illustrated. He began writing his own scripts towards the end of his work at St. John, wrote and drew works for the men's "sweat" mags, then stopped drawing to become an author of more than 300 novels, many under pseudonyms.

One of his best known is the novelization for the 1970's mini-series How The West Was Won with James Arness. The Spirit Horses won a Golden Spur award for western writing. The series he started and wrote for some time was Longarm, using the pen name Tabor Evans, which continued under other writers in more than 400 novels into the 21st century!

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Item Code LOUCH
Publisher Yoe Books
Publish Date 2018
ISBN 9781631409318
Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket
Dimensions 8x11
# Pages 144pg
Color Full Color
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