Today I got the chance to spend some time with two old friends from high school – Uncle Creepy and Cousin Eerie. I know, weird nicknames, right? Truth is, Creepy and Eerie were two comic series I collected when I was in high school in the early/mid 70’s. While other boys read super hero comics, I liked horror and sci-fi. I still do…
I used to buy these comics at Dean’s Superette in Shelby, Ohio, while my Mom did laundry at the coin-laundry across the street. Once a month, I would ride to the laundromat with Mom, taking $2.00 with me so I could buy the latest issues of Creepy and Eerie. And as my Mom coordinated detergent, bleach and fabric softener – this was YEARS before all-in-ones or dryer sheets – I sat in those molded fiberglass chairs and devoured these rags cover to cover. I loved it.
I actually own both the issues shown here, as well as forty-five others. They have been with me for almost forty years; the last issue I own is dated November 1974. They have been in cabinets and boxes, in drawers and closets, for almost four decades. Today, I got to reread some of my favorite stories, and it felt like a visit with old friends.
After our “visit,” I wrapped my old friends in tissue, boxed them up and sent them off to be sold. I have been on a “purging” binge lately and felt it was time to let Creepy and Eerie out of the box to entertain, scare and ignite the imaginations of others, much the same as they had done for me so many years ago…
I’ll be honest – I am a bit of a sentimental guy, so it was a little hard saying goodbye to all these old friends. But, you know the old saying, “When I became a man, I put away childish things.”
Sorta’ – I did keep ONE copy, just for me. (Told you I was a bit of a sentimental guy…) And to all my comics, now on their way (hopefully) to new owners, thanks for all the joy you brought me, both today and many years ago.
Carl Sagan said: “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.”