Daily Archives: October 1, 2007

Wham Bam, Thank You, Bram

Graphic Classics: Bram Stoker trade paperback
“Dracula” – adapted by Rich Rainey/illustrated by Joe Ollmann
“The Vampire Hunter’s Guide” – adapted by Tom Pomplum/illustrated by Hunt Emerson
“The Judge’s House” – adapted & illustrated by Gerry Alanguilan
“The Bridal of Death” – adapted & illustrated by J.B. Bonivert
“Torture Tower” – adapted & illustrated by Onsmith Jeremi
“The Wondrous Worm” – adapted & illustrated by Evert Geradts
“Lair of the White Worm” – adapted by Tom Pomplum/illustrated by Rico Schacherl
Cover artist: Mark A. Nelson
Editor: Tom Pomplum
Publisher: Eureka Productions
Price: $11.95 US/$14.50 CAN

From the late 1940s through to the early 1970s, kids discovered classic literature through comic-book adaptations in the long-running Classics Illustrated series and specials. Eureka Productions has picked up on that tradition and is attempting to carry it on, but it’s approached it in a different way. Instead of focusing on a single story, this series of trade-paperback anthologies features comics adaptations of a classic author’s work. Bram Stoker is the star of this seventh volume. I’ve read Dracula but was largely ignorant of the gothic author’s other writing, so on that level, this book was informative and eye-opening. Overall, I think the editor of the volume made a misstep in the choice of artists. Those handling the line art in this book perform well; I take no issue with their craft. But many of the artists — who boast simple, indy-press approaches to comic art — have styles that don’t pair well with the dark, eerie tone of the stories.

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