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Hidden Gems

List of comic series that I feel are amazing yet not widely known.

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List items

  • There is really no way to describe this book that would do it justice. I'm not even going to attempt it. The art reminds me of Woodring and the story while rather whimsical and armchair philosophic is something I ponder over on the regular basis.

  • A great single issue from an obscure company. Story centers on Sam, a schizophrenic who becomes a superhero during his breaks with reality. The writing starts out very stiff and rigid but loosens up so give it a couple pages. The art is beautiful, and the atmosphere is heavily influenced by the colorist.

  • Where do I begin...This is probably the single darkest piece of media(any form) that I've ever come across. The book collects works from various creators and ranges from comics and short stories to photographs. Take a shower after reading.

  • One of the first comic series I ever started reading. Solid horror stories that dip into fantasy and science fiction at times. Eerie also had some really good creators off-and-on the series; Archie Goodwin, Doug Moench, Richard Corben, Bernie Wrightson, Frank Frazetta, Jerry Grandetti, Carmine Infantino, Neal Adams, Jim Starlin. The list goes on and on. This series also had a couple of returning characters/story lines that really stuck out as well. Such as; Dax, Exterminator One, Demian Hunter, Arthur Lemming and a few others. If you like good horror and you've yet to check Eerie out give a random issue a shot, it's well worth it.

  • As you might be able to tell from most of what I've listed so far I'm a fan of the bizarre, weird, and strange. Eddy Current is no different. The twelve issue of this series each represent an hour of the night in which this story takes place. The general plot is of a psych-ward patient that breaks out. We just follow along and watch the hi-jinx unfold. The art is extremely sharp so where safety goggles while reading to protect your eyes.

  • If you've never picked up a book by Jim Woodring, please stop reading find one and delve into it. The psychedelic black and white art somehow pulls off being extravagant and simple at the same time. And it's not just the art, Woodring has mastered storytelling without words.

  • See #6, Frank.

  • See #6, Frank.

  • A gorgeous, visceral book with a simple short story. Nothing in the plot will test the limits of your brain or make you ponder to hard. Short and sweet...well maybe not sweet.

  • A simple book with beautiful yet somewhat cartoony art. This book has some odd religious elements to it which are pretty cool. Please let Anchor come back in some way or form Boom, please!

  • If you like the comic industry, and you have some general understanding of how things have changed/advanced/evolved since it's onset then this book will read so much better. A short series that basically tackles a different age of comics with each issue, from the Golden Age to Modern comics (which was the 90's at the time of the series conclusion). Big Bang Comics doesn't turn the superhero genre on it's ear, but nor does it want to. The best way to see this book is as a homage to everything that came before it.

  • A political drama based around the Cold War kicking back into gear in modern times with super-powered weapons. Gorgeous, dark and grimy art. My only complaint is some of the issue covers rely to heavily on political symbolism.

  • The main protagonist, Sebastian, is just an interesting character. To be honest I don't even remember if he had a single redeeming quality. He's a pompous prick. Somehow though I still found myself rooting for him. Overall just an odd book.

  • One of the most stylized and creepy works I've come across based on art alone. Plays out like a surreal novel with heavily flawed characters drawn by a borderline psychotic child. Scary breaks down into ten separate stories that each comment on modern society in their own way. My only complaint is since all of the text is handwritten in an almost-cursive-but-not-quite manner it can be some what hard on the eyes when it comes to the actual "reading" of the stories.