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Happy Halloween, peeps!

jenifer

In Issue 63 of Creepy (1974), Bruce Jones and Bernie Wrightson collaborated on a nasty little story called ‘Jenifer’. If you search the name, you’ll find plenty of comic book fans calling this the best horror comic EVAH.

I realize that’s a pretty low bar in literary terms, but this ugly work of fiction has a certain…something, I hope you agree.

I found lots of reproductions online, but none very good. They were too big or too small or scanned from a later recolored version, making the text illegible. So I’ve taken the best copy I could find (looked like it was scanned from an original copy), cleaned it up and optimized it a bit. This size works best on my monitor; I hope it looks and reads okay on your screen.

My Halloween gift to you — Jenifer

Have a good weekend, y’all. Our clocks change this weekend, so my Halloween gift to me is — an extra hour’s sleep. Ahhhhh.

Comments


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 28, 2016, 9:02 pm

Thanks for the Hallowe’en gift. I think. You’re right about “ugly” and I’ll add “nasty” on top of that.

But I did keep reading until the end. The story and art are attractive in the same sense as the misdemeanor “maintaining an attractive nuisance.”

 


Comment from Anonymous
Time: October 28, 2016, 11:22 pm

Adapted as one of the Masters of Horror episodes (with Dario Argento directing, no less).

 


Comment from Bruce in Oregon
Time: October 29, 2016, 12:05 am

Just change the name to Hilary.

 


Comment from Man Mountain Molehill
Time: October 29, 2016, 12:30 am

EC Comics meets Gustave Dore. Very impressive artwork.

 


Comment from Mitchell
Time: October 29, 2016, 1:39 am

That was a great story! Jenifer reminds me of the salt monster from Star Trek. Both characters are at turns seductive and horrible. I wonder there’s a connection between the two stories.

 


Comment from peacelovewoodstock
Time: October 29, 2016, 2:16 am

Awww thank you Sweasel I love this blog and this is a perfect example of why.

 


Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: October 30, 2016, 2:12 pm

Awesome!

 


Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: October 31, 2016, 12:58 pm

Creepy indeed . . . it reminds me a little of the Alfred Noyes story “Midnight Express” — the sort of story that Hitchcock’s editors would have selected for one of his anthologies like Stories My Mother Never Told Me or Stories for Late at Night.

If you want a truly creepy horror story in prose, look for John B. L. Goodwin’s “The Cocoon,” which appeared in the Stories for Late at Night collection. I read it at age 11, and I still shiver at it.

 


Comment from grayjohn
Time: November 8, 2016, 5:42 pm

Used to go nuts waiting for the next issue of Creepy or Eerie to hit the stands. Damn that was a long time ago.

 

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