The Ghoul Man by Jaime Hernandez 6 April 2010
Death Tales was originally published in 2002 as a 4.25-inch square minicomic with orange covers, in an edition of 50.
   The Hernandez kids were addicted to monster movies (“the sillier the better”), mainly on independent channel KHJ, and they loved the wildly popular Seymour, host (and humorous critic) of various Los Angeles creature-feature broadcasts beginning with Fright Night in 1968. Seymour was a big local celebrity who delighted kids with frequent personal appearances, as did other hosts such as Engineer Bill, whom the brothers saw when he came to the parking lot of their Food Fair. Hernandez has fond memories of all sorts of area events that incorporated popular culture elements, such as the opening of new department stores, shopping malls, fast-food restaurants, and car dealerships; in his words, “the best stuff was the local,” a preference that would remain with him.
   Hernandez was lucky in that his youth coincided directly with the early-to-mid sixties horror craze, not only in television, but also in the Warren-published magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland and horror comics Creepy and Eerie, which were must-haves from the beginning. “Warren was a big, big influence on me. Those and the Mars Attacks cards were the first time that I saw blood and gore. It was a little disturbing as a five-year-old kid, but at the same time I realized that there was something more to comics than super heroes and Archie. And I really liked their spooky aspect. To this day, I think the early Warrens are some of the best illustration work in comics.”


... second half runs on apr. 28