Sunday, October 28, 2012

Two Horrifying Tales About ... Honey

If I asked you to name two comic stories about HONEY, could you do it?

You may think of some old Gold Key Whitman 'Winnie The Pooh' comics or 'Yogi Bear' comics from Dell. I'm sure there was lots of honey in those. Maybe even Honey West comics if your mind doesn't automatically go to kid comics. Or more than likely, you thought of the bee from those Honey Nut Cheerios ads.

But Horror Comics?

Well, in the spirit of Hallowe'en, I will give you two. Two very different tales of the horrors of honey from different times and places.

The first is 'Almost Human' from DC's House of Secrets number 129, published in 1975. As told by Jack Oleck and illustrated by Franc Reyes, this tale explores the nasty ramifications of culture shock when a group of entomologists get mixed up with the mysterious bee people of South America.

The second tale is from Japan's 'Céléb d'Horreur', Junji Ito. I've featured Mr. Ito's 'Uzumaki' in a previous blog. In 'Splatter Film' (first published 2004-2006), Mr. Ito brings us another honey from South America, so addictive that one taste is not enough, even though your next taste may be your last!

Happy Hallowe'en Everyone!

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