Tales of the Zombie #1
Dracula Lives #2 (Marie Laveau)
Marvels: Eye of the Camera #1
Garth's a jerk but he was well within his rights to beat up Gyps. Gyps had no qualms about watching Donna naked and she clearly didn't like him touching her when she had nothing on but a towel. Plus, the fact that he later DOES try to kidnap her makes me think he probably would have raped her then and there if Garth hadn't intervened.
Posted by: Michael | January 15, 2015 7:55 PM
Its been awhile since i read my tales of the zombie essential. Is there anything that connects to the MU? I remember it being pretty separate. Also interesting that they changed Donna from a dark, curly brunette in the 53 story to a willowy blonde in the 74 redo. I guess just changing fashions.
i figured they made Simon a jerk so we'd not feel so sorry when her got sheared (a pretty grisley death).
Posted by: kveto | January 16, 2015 2:48 PM
You may remember that the Essentials trade included the story from Dracula Lives #2 with Dracula meeting Marie Laveau. The story, which was published the same month as this issue, showed Simon Garth in the crowd at Mardi Gras, in what i assume was meant to be an overlap with the scene from Menace #5. The Dracula story is otherwise unrelated to the Zombie (and i'll cover it when i get to my Dracula Essentials) but his inclusion there showed that he lives in the same world with Dracula.
That said, at this point i don't think Dracula was really shown to be part of the MU yet. His cameo in Dec 73's Avengers #118 is i think his first mainstream MU appearance.
Posted by: fnord12 | January 16, 2015 3:22 PM
Donna in the Menace story had to be redrawn to conform with the rest of the book, in the same way the Zombie had to be given long hair.
The Zombie was confirmed to be in the MU in the first OHOTMU Book of the Dead.
Weirdly enough, the Zombie story in the late 1982 Bizarre Adventures horror issue was not included in the Essential. The Dracula story there wasn't reprinted in the Essentials either; I'm guessing someone at Marvel just plain forgot the book existed.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | January 16, 2015 5:13 PM
Sure, I just was wondering why they didnt base Donna off the dark, curly haired girl in the original and draw her that way. That's what i meant about fashions. The 70s artists prefered to draw a blonde obviously, so changed the original.
although the story never addressed why Donna would be living alone in a hut in the middle of a swamp after her father's death.
Posted by: kveto | January 17, 2015 6:47 AM
The first time I ever heard about "Johnny the Conqueroo" was Ol' Johnny being identified by Muddy Waters as his "second cousin" in the awe-inspiring retooled version of his classic song "Mannish Boy" from Waters' superb 1977 "comeback" album "Hard Again". This is the version heard in commercials and films like "Better Off Dead" and "GoodFellas". The Conqueroo also made an appearance in another classic Muddy tune, "Hoochie Coochie Man". Apparantly, JTC came in pretty handy for a man seeking to go "kickin' in another mule's stall".:-)
Posted by: Brian Coffey | October 6, 2017 8:53 PM
Recently I acquired a copy of the Essential Tales of the Zombie TPB. I was pleased to see that the featurettes were preserved, namely the articles on zombie and voodoo-related films with photos and sometimes interviews. This was something I recalled from reading DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU, of course along with the b&w artwork and material not meant for someone the age I was when I first read it. The film articles here include LIVE AND LET DIE, the voodoo-tinged Bond caper featuring Roger Moore's first turn as 007, Hammer's PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES featuring studio stalwart Christopher Lee, the classic early indie WHITE ZOMBIE with Bela Lugosi, and even the zombie/blaxploitation hybrid SUGAR HILL, starring horror vet Robert Quarry and Marki Bey (picture a second-division Pam Grier) in the title role.
Posted by: Brian Coffey | October 20, 2017 11:35 PM