If you haven’t read part 1 here is the link. Creepiest Manuel Sanjulian Covers – Part 1
Eerie #58 – July 1974 – Almost the entire cover is composed of blue and purple which gives an unearthly feel to the scene. There are strength and intensity in the Witch-Woman’s look and clear direction to her slaves. Some pirates are going to fight while others cower, terrorized by the sight.
Eerie #62 – January 1975 – There are some interesting things with this Sanjulian cover. On first glance, it seems like a desert scene with piles of sand in the distance. Then you notice the Circus sign and the uncharacteristic circus tents that are gold instead of red and white. This is a circus but not a fun one. The malformed creature has his giant eye focused on the barely clad woman in the foreground, while an elephant is being driven toward the crime scene.
Eerie #66 – June 1975 – With the visible underwater scene this cover is a study in contrasts. A valiant Viking warrior strides forward, looking straight ahead unknown that his fight lies beneath the surface. Powerful octopus tentacles extend to the legs of the non-aquatic warrior. Beautiful and frightening.
Eerie #123 – August 1981 – According to some online sources this art was originally composed in 1972 and sat on a shelf until 1981. The skull army surrounding this warrior has uncharacteristic but interesting colors blended into their skulls, yellows, blues, greens. It’s almost like an impressionistic horror scene.
Vampirella #12 – July 1971 – We’ve seen a monster carrying a hurt hero or victim before but Sanjulian added his own flair. The Dark Angel has either empty eye sockets or fully shadowed eyes. Blood surrounds his eyes, covers his hands and is running down his neck. While Vampirella lies bewitching yet lifeless in his cruel hands.
Vampirella #14 – November 1971 – The composition of this cover is so interesting. The monster and the gorgeous female warrior have their legs apart, her in much smaller scale. So that element is mirroring. The monster has his arms up in a scared pose, the woman has her arms down in a strength pose. So in that aspect, they are opposites. The skulls on the floor, the shadows, and light on her shoulders and the sunlight streaming in from the dungeon window all add to the scene.
Vampirella #44 – August 1975 – As you go through Vampirella covers you’ll see plenty of pale skin in a red bikini but not this cover. This Sanjulian cover looks much more like an Eerie or Creepy cover. The evil scientist who is pondering his next devious procedure, the tortured soul in the prison cell behind him and the blue corpse on the operating table make this a dark cover.
Vampirella #51 – May 1976 – In the comic book world sometimes only perfect people with 6 pack abs and curves that are unattainable are portrayed. This creepy guy in the front with the bony legs is hope for all the imperfects out there. He is engulfed in an eerie green glow that doesn’t seem to bother him. Vampirella doesn’t like what she’s seeing but the large chains keep her in the front row of this event.
Vampirella #109 – October 1982 – A shadowy vampire lady is giving you the “come over for dinner” look, while two dog-faced pilgrims try to sneak up on her. This has the feel of a horror movie when as a spectator you yell at the screen, “Don’t go in there!”
If you’ve never seen Sanjulian’s work or known his work before, I hope that you’ve become a fan. The artists who created those painted covers for Warren’s big three books deserve the attention. If you need even more Sanjulian covers here’s a link to our Pinterest board with all his Warren Publishing Covers. All Sanjulian Covers
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