Get Twisted In The World Of ‘Diabolik’ With A Trippy Double Feature

by Brendan M. Allen

It’s never too late to get back to the grind…house, that is. The drive-in is back and Diabolik is coming in swinging with an all-new adult horror/sci-fi flip for fans of B-horror and beyond.

Announcing the double feature dripping with bloody delight, Professor Dario Bava: Orgy Of The Blood Freaks #1 and the supernatural spaghetti western, Gringo Loco: Dead Late And A Dollar Short. Written, colored, and lettered by Phil Mucci featuring art by Mike Dubisch and Vicente Alcázar, with covers by Emanuele Taglietti, Suspiria Vilchez, and Dave Kendall.

“When I was a kid, we used to sneak through the graveyard, down the train tracks, and through a broken chain link fence into the old drive-in that played horror movies from dusk till dawn,” said writer Phil Mucci. “This Diabolik double feature represents exactly the kind of flicks we’d risk zombie mutilation and locomotive obliteration to see, from Satanic cults, to black-gloved killers, to hideous monsters, outrageous time travel, and yes, even nunsploitation!

“But it’s not just an exercise in pure nostalgia; it’s about telling stories where all of these genre tropes coexist in the same weird world simultaneously and feel like they belong there. Storytelling is a cultural relay race over time, and Diabolik is carrying the torch for all the monster loving weirdos like us! Mike Dubisch and Vicente Alcázar evoke the classic era of Eerie and Creepy, the comic book equivalents of the grindhouse, seamlessly blending together the wild extremes and maniacal characters into a cohesive universe.”

“I grew up with Will Eisner’s concept of the ‘Page as a Meta-Panel’ while being obsessed with ‘pre-comics code’ horror comics from the 1950s, and ‘code-free’ horror magazines of the 1970s,  it was ironic to find myself having become a slave to standard comic book page grids,” added Mike Dubisch. “Then along came my savior, Phil Mucci. Not content to simply hand off a script to his chosen artist, Phil’s scripts were accompanied with his own wild thumbnail layouts, making clear how he saw the pages, and it turns out this master filmmaker and devotee of the cinematic arts was MY kind (of) comic book fan—where page layouts broke all those self-imposed rules about doing things that might scare off editors and potential comic book clients.  So drawing Professor Dario Bava not only brought Phil’s vision to life, but also brought back the comic book artist I was meant to be back to life—reborn finally as the 1970s style horror comic artist that destiny groomed me for!”

%d bloggers like this: