Every once in a while, horror fans are reminded of the glory days of Jim Warren's monster publishing empire. And why not? After all, it was he, along with his editor, a grown up fanboy from a time before the term existed by the name of Forrest J Ackerman, that created the sensation known as Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine.
It's been a number of years now, since the last Warren publication rolled off the presses, leaving memories of monsters that will not soon fade. In the meantime, there have been a few attempts at recreating or capturing the essence of the Warren mystique. The latest is a full-sized magazine going by the title of The Creeps. Gathered around the hue and cry of editor Richard Sala are a number of venerable veterans from the Warren years (Ken Kelly, Rich Buckler, Frank Brunner, Joe Rubenstein), including some fresh blood, that have created an homage, if not an outright pastiche, of Creepy.
I have my copy ordered, so I'll be reviewing it later. For now, here are a few glimpses of the new 'zine, published this time not by Warren, but by Warrant, from their website. Makes one wonder ... will there be a "Capstan" Company, too?
|No, not Uncle Creepy, but the "Old Creep".|