Kieron Gillen is an instantly recognizable name to comic readers. Whether you know him as the man that complicated Tony Stark’s family history, detailed a teenage Loki’s misadventures, or created one of the most memorable Star Wars characters in Marvel’s return to the series (in the form of the enigmatic Doctor Aphra), Gillen’s accomplishments speak for themselves.
Writer/director Nicolas Pesce, legendary producer/director Sam Raimi, and principal cast members Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye, and Andrea Riseborough delivered the first trailer for 2020’s remake of The Grudge, along with some hints at what the film will deliver to audiences, at 2019’s New York Comic Con Panel.
Most horror fans of the 1970s fondly recall Marvel’s black and white magazine sized comic books, and for many of those that grew up in that era, they often served as an introduction to the horror genre and Marvel’s versions of classic monsters like Dracula and Frankenstein as well as some of their own such as Man-Thing and The Zombie: Simon Garth.
Much less time has been spent cataloging the history and impact of horror comics, other than the EC Horror boom and bust which nearly ended all comic publication in the 1950s, and certainly ended horror comics. This was the sad reality for fans until the black and white magazines of Warren Publications repackaged classic EC style horror stories in a different format for newsstand distribution, and the horror comic had risen from the dead.
With the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Vampirella and a new series by Christopher Priest and Ergun Gunduz, it was only natural for one of the many covers of the newly launched series to feature a photo cover of one of the most recognizable characters in the history of comics.
Adapting a successful novel into a television series is no easy task, and translating the nuances of the written word into a visual world can be daunting and a little scary. It gets even scarier when the source material is Joe Hill’s acclaimed novel NOS4A2.