MELVIN MONSTER reviewed by Anthem Magazine

Comic Critic: Melvin Monster

Anthem Magazine    |    Nik Mercer    |    May 28, 2009

Imagine the Addams Family merged with Donald Duck and you've got Melvin Monster. The short-lived 1960s Dell Comics series by John Stanley centered around an exuberant young monster named Melvin whose world was upside down. The green adolescent played with grimey monster folk, watched violent television, called his father Baddy and his mother Mummy, and did everything else a child of 2009―or any other year, really―would never do. Melvin was, for all intents and purposes, an opposite adolescent; the antithesis of your middle-of-the-road youngster. And such was his appeal.

Stanley―best known for his work as the Little Lulu's scripter―unfortunately died about 15 years ago, but his macabre wit and backwards sense of humor lives on today. Many of the Dell Comics authors―namely Scrooge McDuck's creator Carl Barks―incorporated some sort of warped, demented aesthetic into their plots, and Stanley is no exception. While the man was, for the most part, confined to working anonymous jobs with big studios, he did, on occasion, have the opportunity to pursue his own work, and Melvin Monster is perhaps the best example of this. Thank goodness that his iconic work has been reprinted for this generation by Drawn & Quarterly. Oh, and the fact that the whole tome's laid out by comic genius Seth does the publication no harm, either. Grab a preview of the blood-boiling sucker right here.

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