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5 Horror Comic Favorites with The Modern Frankenstein's Paul Cornell

Kevin Community • Oct 27, 2021

Paul Cornell has had an illustrious career writing for television, film, comics and authoring a number of novels. You might recognize his name from Doctor Who, Action Comics or Wolverine. One of his most recent works is The Modern Frankenstein, published through Heavy Metal's Magma Comix imprint. Get the recently-released trade edition of The Modern Frankenstein just in time for Halloween, and keep it safe by reading it on GlobalComix.

With Paul's recent work in horror with The Modern Frankenstein, we felt it was a great opportunity to find out what some of his favorite horror comics of all time are. For the list of five of his favorites, I turn the rest of the article over to Paul.

I've always had horror comics in my life, from the point where I found a scary issue of Boris Karloff: Tales of Mystery that my brother had left in a drawer. Here are five of my favourites.

Hellblazer by Jamie Delano and John Ridgway (Initially)

An enormous influence on everything I've done, re-defining Constantine as a loser, and a magician who, wonderfully, we don't often see do any magic. The con tricks and cleverness are wonderful. And Ridgway's art on the early issues is perfect.

Man-Thing by Steve Gerber and many artists

I wouldn't say horror is anywhere near the point of this philosophical odyssey, but, like almost everything Gerber did, it's way beyond the imagined boundaries of shared universe comics at the time.

Swamp Thing by Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, John Totleben and Rick Veitch

It's obvious, but this is where the business of re-imagining really starts in modern pop culture. In Moore's case it's done politely, wrapping up previous plotlines first. Moore does do horror, specifically and deliberately, but he visits many other genres too.

Providence by Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows

Again, a subtle rearrangement of pop culture from Moore, as he's an early adopter of the belief that the horror of the Lovecraft Mythos is the racism. So many subtly disturbing moments, so many buildings with empty windows.

Lucifer by Mike Carey and many artists

It's amazing that one can write 75 issues of a comic with a villainous lead and never once take him near to making a single ethical action. Amazing work, and chilling in a different way to most of the Vertigo line.

About Paul Cornell

Paul Cornell is a writer of science fiction and fantasy in prose, comics and TV, one of only two people to be Hugo Award-nominated for all three media. He’s written Doctor Who for the BBC, Action Comics for DC, and Wolverine for Marvel. He’s won the BSFA Award for his short fiction, an Eagle Award for his comics, and shares in a Writer’s Guild Award for his television writing. He lives in Gloucestershire with his wife and son. He is the writer of Magma Comix’s The Modern Frankenstein horror-romance series, which was just fully collected into trade format.

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