This week, I’m going to spotlight some standout Halloween comics from Evil Inc. And I can’t think of a better way to start off than with Evil Inc’s Director of the Mystics and Occult Department, Dr. Vincent Leonard. Dr. Leonard is a pretty open homage to the great Vincent Price (Vincent Leonard Price), who was famous for several great horror movie turns (like The Fly and all of those wonderful Roger Corman flicks) — and, of course, for providing the epic rap at the end of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. From his Personnel File: Dr. Vincent Leonard is the director of the Mystics & Occult Department, reporting directly to Dr. Whoosh. He is working on magically changing his last name, but he knows that this, like all magic, comes with a Price.
This is, without a doubt, one of my all-time favorite Phables. (I post this every year, so please accept my apologies if you’ve already read it.) Phables was a series of full-page comics I produced for the Philadelphia Daily News. It featured stories about Philadelphia, often told by Philadelphians themselves. This Phable features renegade botonist Constantine Rafinesque — a contemporary of James Audobon — who was caught sleeping with the wife of the dean of Transylvania University (yes, it really exists, and it’s in Kentucky). After the dean kicked Raf out for his dalliance, the botanist placed a curse on the university… and every seven years afterwards, something eeeeeeeevil has transpired at Transylvania U. According to my math, next year is a Curse year. Stay ‘tooned. —— Aside for the cartoonists in the room… If you ever read Phables, you can see me teaching myself to break out of the grid in terms of panel layout. In comics such as this one, I struggled quite a bit. But it was the gestation of the approach I take to page design that I now apply to both Evil Inc and Evil Inc After Dark pages.