ReviewTitle: “Curse of the Tarantula”
Synopsis: Eugene Lycosa lives with the curse of his ancestor, a count who stopped a tarantula cult at great personal cost.
Writer: Michael Fleisher
Penciler: Pat Boyette
After the Scorpion #1, the Tarantula’s origin tale in Weird Suspense is probably the best debut of the entire Atlas (Seaboard) line. Michael Fleisher — whose dark take on DC’s Spectre had already generated some buzz — is the perfect for writer for this macabre series (starring a “hero” who eats the bad guys!) Pat Boyette is a nice fit on art, as well. While it might take awhile to warm up to Boyette’s work, his unique rendering style, odd-but-effective page layouts and well-spotted blacks make for a nicely illustrated horror book. This one could have been a contender!
Cool factor: That’s right. This “hero” eats bad guys. Mmmm ….
Notable: First appearance of the Tarantula. … Weird Suspense #1, along with several other Atlas (Seaboard) comics, were republished down under by a comic company named Gredown. For more information — along with great cover images — check out this article over at 20th Century Danny Boy.
““I am Count Eugene Lycosa! But to men of your ilk … I am best known as … the Tarantula!”The Tarantula, getting ready for chow time
WEIRD SUSPENSE #1
Published and © by Atlas (Seaboard), February 1975
Cover by Dick Giordano
Collected EditionsWeird Suspense #1 remains uncollected at the time of this review’s publication.
Editor’s note: This review first appeared on Comics Bronze Age, Aug. 26, 2010.