Wednesday, January 31, 2018
UNPUBLISHED ZOMBIE WESTERN
Much like in a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western, the mysterious man in a flat crown hat and duster arrives at a small town to save the terrified local folk from a marauding gang of zombies on horseback in this very weird western.
The 8-page story entitled, "Outlaw Zombies", was written by Gary Leach and drawn by Dick Ayers in 1992. Ayers was paid $27 a page by Eerie Publications to produce bloody, gory and disgusting revisions to recycled pre-code horror comics. His specialty was eyes popping out of heads. Ayers also worked with artists like Tony DeZuniga at DC on JONAH HEX, another weird western.
The tale shown here was scheduled for the third issue of Hamilton Comics' horror title, DREAD OF NIGHT, but the comic was cancelled after only its second issue. This original art, signed on each page by Ayers, surfaced from the dark vaults of lost comic art to appear at auction.