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There Is a Reason the Pepper Lake Monster Has Never Been Caught

Welcome to 31 Days of Horror Comics, where I will spotlight some of the best horror comics around, as chosen by a bunch of my favorite horror comic writers and artists around!

Today's creator is George Pratt, the brilliant comic book painter who is best known for his Enemy Ace: War Idyll series (and his Eisner Award-winning painted work on Wolverine: Netsuke), but he also has done a number of pieces in the Sandman Universe, including some GORGEOUS pin-ups...

Isn't he amazing? Always love me some George Pratt.

George suggested Warren Publishing's Creepy and Eerie stories, in general, through the period where Bernie Wrightson was working for them (which was about the mid-1970s). I figured I'd take the opportunity to spotlight another brilliant Bernie Wrightson tale. This time, it's Eerie #58's "The Pepper Lake Monster" which was written by Wrightson as well as drawn by him.

The concept for the story is simple, a scientist is sent to Pepper Lake to investigate claims of a monster being there...

He obviously doesn't think it is real...

But, well, you know, it IS...

How great of a monster drawing is that by Wrightson?!

The man is now dedicated to catching the monster and he's a clever enough guy that he might actually pull it off...

And he does, in fact, capture the monster! He is quite proud of himself as he calls the whole town together to let them know of both his achievement and his grandeous plans for the future...

However, he didn't think to see if the town WANTED the monster caught! They did not, and thus the monsters "death total" grew by one...

That's an EC Comics level quality plot twist.

Thanks for the suggestion, George!

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