Child, Part 3(3): “Childhood’s End”
8 pgs. Appeared first time [COLOR] in Eerie #60 (1974). Reprinted [COLOR] in Comix International #3 (1975), [COLOR] in Heavy Metal Special: Richard Corben Special (1998) [VERS.2], [COLOR] in Heavy Metal Special: The Best of Richard Corben from Creepy & Eerie (1998) [VERS.2], [COLOR] in Creepy Presents Richard Corben (2012) [VERS.3], and [COLOR] in Eerie Archives Volume #12 (2013) [VERS.3].
Story: Budd Lewis. Color(prob. colored by overlays)/Art: Richard Corben (no signature, © around 1974). Lettered by hand (Warren).
Finland [FIN]: as Lapsi, Osa 3(3): “Lapsuuden loppu” in Shokki tekijänä Richard Corben #1 (2013).
France [FRA]: as “Gamin: Cristal qui ronge” in Creepy [FRA] “nouvelle serie” #2, Profondeurs (1978), and Eerie & Creepy présentent Richard Corben #1 (2013) [VERS.4].
Germany [GER]: as “Frankie: 3. und letzte Episode aus dem Leben eines zärtlichen Monsters” in Vampir-Comic #10 (1974), as “Kind: Ende der Kindheit” in Die Aussergewöhnliche Welt des Richard Corben, Vol. 2 (1980).
Italy [ITA]: as Bimbo #3: “Cristallo corrosivo” in Collana Umanoidi #6 (1982).
The Netherlands [NL]: as Kleine Jongen, Hoofdstuk 3(3): “Als er een ster valt” in Richard Corben #2 [NL]: Diepten (1981).
Serbia [SER]: as Dete, Part 3(3): “Childhood’s End [SER]” in Jeznovik #2: Ričard Korben (2013).
Spain [SPA]: as “Niño / El fin de la infancia”, [B&W] in Rufus #30 (1975), and as “Niño / Cristal corrosivo” in El extraordinario mundo de Richard Corben #2 (1981), and as “Niño / El fin de la infancia”, in Rich Corben #2 (1993).
Style: Tonal, colors with overlay technique. Genre: Horror. Time Span: Middle Ages. Nudity: None.
Keywords: Freak. Star. Kid. Unearthly. Parasites. Revenge.
Synopsis: Child creature is even more out of the society. He finds an evil star fallen down from a heaven. A human kid touches the star and child creature wants to give him a revenge.
Comment: Frankensteinish story of a serial of the child creature gets a fake end, but child has finally got peace in his heart. Budd Lewis’ story does not work, nor Corben gives any special in his artwork.
Alternatives, [VERS.2]: Poorly scanned from magazine.
Alternatives, [VERS.3]: Restored with piety by José Villarrubia.
Alternatives, [VERS.4]: Scanned from the original artplates (2013).
Extra: Greg Potter, the creator of Child series, contacted me (March 2003) and said that Warren decided to kill the character without asking his permission. He was kind of disappointed.
Copyright © 1999 Heart-Attack-Series, Ink!
Created: July 28, 1999. Last updated: July 4, 2019 at 21:52 pm