Monday, March 17, 2008

Coffin Joe Comics

The comic series O Estranho Mundo de Zé do Caixão (The Strange World of Coffin Joe) was published in Brazil in the late 60s or early 70s to capitalize on the popularity of director José Mojica Marins's iconic antihero, Coffin Joe. And like the 1968 film of the same name, The Strange World of Coffin Joe presented horrific supernatural tales to the reader, with Coffin Joe acting as a host and occasional commentator on the action.



In 2001 Fantoma DVD released The Coffin Joe Trilogy boxed set, containing new DVD presentations of Mojica's films At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul, This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse, and Awakening of the Beast. As a bonus, each DVD contained a translated reprint of an issue of O Estranho Mundo de Zé do Caixão, never before available in English.
Though the Coffin Joe Fantoma box set went out of print earlier this year, it is still widely available on auction and collector's sites. Mojica has a new film, Embodiment of Evil, due out in 2008, so maybe the renewed interest in Coffin Joe will lead to greater availability.

Thanks again to Scott Standridge for lending me these great comics and for writing up today’s post on Coffin Joe. For those interested, Scott is the Fiction Editor for City Slab Magazine and you can read his latest article about the films of José Mojica Marins in the current issue. Also be sure to visit Scott’s great horror movie review blog Mad Mad Mad Mad Movies too!

For more about Mojica and Coffin Joe click HERE!

10 comments:

Karswell said...

While I'm not the biggest Coffin Joe film fan (that would be Scott) there are things about Mojica's hallucinogenic horrors that make them all definitely worth viewing. I particularly enjoyed these translated Brazilian comics and reccomend them to anyone who's a fan of black and white 70's horror comics to absolutely check them out.

Anonymous said...

I'VE ONLY SEE ONE COFFIN JOE FILM AWAKENING THE BEAST AND IT WAS ENOUGH FOR ME.

THESE COMICS LOOK GREAT THOUGH, THE ARTWORKS ALOT LIKE BERNIE WRIGHTSONS STYLE TO ME.

Anonymous said...

I like the Coffin Joe films but not really enough to buy that movie set. Now I'm rethinking it because these comics look kick ass!

The Vicar of VHS said...

Anonymous--

Awakening is really not the place to start with Coffin Joe, but I do realize that Mojica's films are not to everyone's taste. Still, I love 'em, and I can't wait for Embodiment of Evil.

The Vicar of VHS said...

Oh, and you can get the individual dvds that also have the comics in them for cheaper than altogether in the boxed set, if you go to half.com or other sites like that. FYI. :)

Karswell said...

>can't wait for Embodiment of Evil.

It will be interesting to see what this will be like.

>get the individual dvds that also have the comics in them for cheaper

Good idea, thanks!

The Vicar of VHS said...

>It will be interesting to see what this will be like.

Be sure to check out the trailer here. (NSFW) Like I say, I know not everyone feels the same, but I think it looks fan-freakin'-tastic.

DrSpecter said...
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DrSpecter said...

Well, I'm jumping on this train rather late, but here's my two cents. At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul and This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse either live up or down to their titles, depending on your tastes.

They have elements of Bunuel, Jodorowski and Ed Wood. They manage to be genuine underground cinema-- especially This Night-- and remain whole-heatedly horror movies.

If you had to get just one, I'd choose This Night for sheer shock value. It's like one of the weirder Mexican horror movies, like The Brainiac, but even more so! While it drags in parts, there are scenes like the tarantula sequence and CJ getting dragged down to hell that are raw, visionary cinema.

And yes, Nico Rosso's work on the comic books is exceptional. The stories can be kind of predictable in their outcome, but very interesting in their use of real Macumba beliefs.

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