One, Two Freddy’s coming for you,
Three, Four, better lock your door,
Five, Six, grab your crucifix,
Seven, Eight, gonna stay up late,
Nine, Ten never sleep again. (Freddy’s Nursery Rhyme)
Arguably Freddy Krueger, of the A Nightmare On Elm Street series, is the celluloid King of Horror…but regardless of how you feel about ALL of the movies (you know at least ONE is a guilty pleasure), the Marvel Comic Book Series and specifically the A Nightmare On Elm Street: The Beginning series has actually received some acclaim from reviewers both in terms of the story line and the art (yes comics are books too!) and it is no wonder as the talent is…top notch!
Written by Steve Gerber & with artwork by Rich Buckler, Tony DeZuniga & Alfredo Alcala, these black & white classics are the adult themed Freddy stories every Nightmare fan clamors over. Issue’s 1 & 2 showcase a storyline called ‘Dreamstalker’, in which a young Elm Street girl named Allison is brutally beaten & slashed in her sleep. In comes psychologist Juliann who’s investigating the old case files on the Amanda Krueger case. (excellent back story here.) Juliann & Allison have a immediate connection similar to Nightmare 3’s connection between Nancy & Kristin. The ‘Dreamstalker’ storyline ended at issue 2, & although there’s an ad for Issue 3 (pictured below, far right), it never came out. The story & art for this series was top notch & the black & white only added to the dreaded feel. Both issues sport beautifully painted covers by Joe Jusko & pin-ups by Sam Keith & Bob Hall. If you can find these, buy them. (www.iconsofright.com)
Sounds like a great find for horror and comic buffs alike…I know I will be digging through the bins at my local comic shop next time for these!
Damn I love Halloween!