Thursday, October 21, 2021

Andy Richardson:

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Tony Loco + What Were They Thinking? Monster Mash-Up


Genre: Horror, Fantasy

There’s a lot of evil in the world, to the point where many people have simply given up. They struggle through their lives, turn a blind eye to the pain of others, and accept the way things are. Can anyone change things? If there is such a hero, he certainly wouldn’t be found shambling through a dismal and silent existence at a mental institution. Or would he? A single care worker is on track to learn the truth, and the answer may surprise even her.

This well-written and sharply drawn story could be the paranoid delusions of a mute lunatic, or it might be the best kind of heroic adventure. The full-color comic incorporates drama, fantasy, and horror.


Genre: Horror

Undersea creatures, Bigfoot, and alien beings were all staples of classic monster comics from the 1950s and 60s. When you see the art here, you’ll think you’re reading one of those old comics again. But what creators Joe Casey and Keith Giffen, among others, have done is to take those classic comics and totally rewrite them, with new dialogue and a hilarious new perspective. The result is that a man who was reflecting on being saved by strange creatures is now thinking about the sexual escapades he’d had with them, while a hunting party that was probably originally talking about the monsters they’d encountered now bickers about the etiquette of wearing a green hat in the jungle.

Totally irreverent, these “remixed” stories will be fun for fans of those old monster comics who want to see them in a new light. Cool art by legends like Steve Ditko make the experience even better.

Andy Richardson is a freelance writer and editor who has been reading and writing about comics for far longer than he can believe at this point. Andy can be reached via e-mail at Please use “ComicBase” as your subject line.

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