Sunday, May 2, 2010
“The Haunted Mountain”
Originally Published: “Unexpected” Vol. 21, issue 175, DC Comics, Sept/Oct 1975
Written By: George Kashdan
Art By: Eufronio Reyes (“E.R.”) Cruz
Editor: Murray Boltinoff
Assistant Editor: Jack C. Harris
Cover Art to ‘Unexpected’ #175: Luis Dominguez
One of the greatest comic horror stories of all time? Probably not. But this is one I would certainly classify as a hidden gem. The beautiful and stylized inks of E.R. Cruz give the sense the we are balancing on the side of a mountain.
Normally, covers sell comics. Companies spend a lot of money on cover art with good reason. With respect to Luis Dominguez, E.R. Cruz's seven pages of interior artwork DESTROYS this cover. Check out the expression below of the 'Witch' Countess Freida Von Koerner and tell me if anyone does it better these days:
Kashdan's story is what we expect from 'The Unexpected' as he was one of the most prolific writers of the series. It's a cautionary tale of the repercussions of fear and violence, especially when your target is a witch. Kashdan and Cruz both did some great work throughout their long careers in both comics and animation.
At any point, I think its high time I expanded my 'Unexpected' collection...