On this scary Sunday, I will be discussing another Halloween appropriate comic book.
At this point, spoilers from here on.
Today’s comic is Classics Illustrated: The Invisible Man.
In 1991 First Publishing released this adaptation of the H.G. Wells story by Rick Geary.
Wells’ timeless tale of the Invisible Man is told here and chronicles his descent as he is overtaken by his accomplishment. Arriving at an inn, the locals start to figure out that there is something amiss with the new boarder, Griffin. Eventually, one of the staff comments on his empty sleeve and Griffin touches him on the nose with his transparent finger.
Frustrated with the innkeeper’s questioning, Griffin finally throws off his bandages and disguise to reveal his unseeable form. This creates a panic among the townspeople and the constable comes to arrest him. Fleeing, Griffin takes off for the countryside.
Griffin comes across a homeless man and his explains his situation to him. Thomas Marvel is then enlisted to Griffin’s cause. Even after he has helped him, Griffin later accuses Marvel of trying to abandon him. Over time, Griffin’s rage grows and he lashes out at people seemingly just to hurt them.
Later, Griffin goes to hide in a house and discovers that it is the home of Dr. Kemp, a colleague. After Griffin has told Kemp his story and about his reign of terror ambitions, Kemp aids the police in capturing him.
Attempting to stop Griffin, Kemp wrestles him to the ground as a frenzied mob attacks the invisible man. When the crowd finally stops, Griffin is dead. Then the broken and beaten corpse slowly becomes visible once again.
The story concludes with Marvel, now a tavern owner, studying Griffin’s journals at night contemplating how he would not make the same mistakes as the Invisible Man.
H.G. Wells’ tale of a mad scientist going too far is still relevant today. It’s possible that with the advancement of technology it will be even more relevant as time passes. The warning of science run amok was as ahead of its time as it’s story.
Like the rest of the Classics Illustrated line, this was another classic literary novel transformed into comic book form by a master of the medium. The level of talent on this series has absolutely lead to these books surpassing previous incarnations of the title and ones since. Taking the work of H.G. Wells and adapting it is no small task, but here Geary was up to it.
Come back tomorrow (invisible fingers crossed) for another comic book tale for the Halloween season!