MR. CRYPT #3

“On Vacation…Welcome to the Jungle!”
Writer: Troy Vevasis
Artist: Alexandar Jovic

As Mr. Crypt goes to work he finds an envelop on his doorstep. Its from the mayor’s office and has a ticket with a letter telling Mr. Crypt that he deserves a vacation. The ticket is for a visit to an uncharted tropical island. Mr. Crypt is all ready for a vacation. With Baron Rat’s help he gets his vacation look which is a flower pattern shirt, straw hat and of course his mustache.

So he finds himself on a boat as the only passenger. Indeed there is only one crew member a Captain Bartholomew Candlewax. Candlewax lied about the vacation. He needed help in stealing a golden skeleton from the natives and heard of Mr. Crypt’s reputation as a vampire hunter. So his vacation is turning out to not be all that great. He worries about Baron Rat that he might be lonely. Far from it as the rat is partying with all his animal friends.

So on the island the two find a doll and this springs a trap that captures Candlewax. Crypt hides as the natives come and take the captain away and start to burn him at the stake. Mr. Crypt finds the golden skeleton only its a regular skeleton with gold paint. He gets the idea to paint himself gold and scare the natives. This works but the cheap paint fades quickly and the two run for their lives. Safely on board the two depart and Mr. Crypt arrives home needing a vacation from his vacation. The place is a mess and Baron Rat is passed out with a cowboy hat. At first Crypt thinks someone robbed the place and forced Baron to wear the cowboy hat. Then he hears about the party and is relieved. Baron Rat cleans up the place.

The final issue in the limited series was as lovable as the first two. I really do enjoy this series. It just makes you feel happy. I still get a kick out of how nobody recognizes him as a walking skeleton just because of the mustache. I know that Baron Rat is getting a one-shot special later this year so I have a feeling we haven’t heard the last in the adventures of Mr. Crypt.

MR. CRYPT #2

“…Meets Vampires”
Writer: Troy Vevasis
Artist: Aleksandar Jovic

A man named Godfrey comes into the library that Mr. Crypt works at. He is a hunter of the undead and has heard of an evil skeleton terrorizing the village. Mr. Crypt starts to panic but luckily Godfrey is more interested in vampire hunting. He is looking for a book about them. The book tells of a brother and sister named Sofia and Ivan. They are in town. He then wonders why Mr. Crypt has such a familiarity with the undead section. Crypt panics and decides to tell him that he is also a vampire hunter. Godfrey asks for him to meet him at the tavern later in the evening.

So Mr. Crypt goes home and tells Baron Rat about his new friend. Baron offers to give Mr. Crypt a wooden stake but he feels that is too dangerous. So instead Baron give him a whole garlic. Later at the tavern he meets Godfrey and they split up. Mr. Crypt is to go to the clock tower and get Sofia. Along the way another evil skeleton comes out of the ground and chases Mr. Crypt until he shows him that he is also a skeleton. At the clock tower Sofia tries to bite Mr. Crypt but breaks her teeth on his neck. She then starts a spell that will turn the whole town into vampires. Mr. Crypt picks up a gear lying on the floor and throws it. It shatters her ring crystal and this turns Sophia into dust.

Later he finds Godfrey being chased by Ivan and joins him in running away. Ivan turns into a bat and gets ahead of them. Mr. Crypt pulls his garlic and throws it in Ivan’s mouth. This causes Ivan to explode. Later Mr. Crypt receives the key to the city from a grateful town that he saved from the vampires. When he arrives home he is startled by Baron Rat pretending to be a vampire but the rat gives his friend a trophy of a skeleton with the words #1 hero.

The second issue was even more lovable than the first. This comic is just hilarious. Mr. Crypt comes out the hero with his improbable antics and is now an accepted citizen of the town. That is as long as the glue holds up for his fake mustache.

MR. CRYPT #1

“Introducing Mr. Crypt: The Living Skeleton!”
Writer: Troy Vevasis
Artist: Aleksandar Jovic

1932 in a small village. On a stormy night a bolt of lightning animates a skeleton in the graveyard. The skeleton crawls out and wonders where he is. So he goes into town and immediately the people go ape shit over a walking skeleton. The skeleton is chased and hides out in a clothing store. There he appropriates a coat, tie, top hat and phony mustache. This is enough to fool people so the skeleton adopts the name of Mr. Crypt. He finds an abandoned shack in the graveyard and a giant rat living there. He makes friends with the rat who he names Baron Rat. With a new friend he goes to buy his pet some cheese.

So after buying a huge block of cheese his mustache is blown off and people recognize he is a skeleton. So they chase him to the graveyard which the mob won’t enter because it is creepy. So Mr. Crypt settles in. He finds some flowers growing at another home that he appropriates for his. He has a run in with a dog that takes his hand and he is apparently recognized by the mob with his phony mustache because they chase him again. He takes refuge in a library where the kind old librarian gives him a job. She doesn’t say anything when his hat falls off and Mr. Crypt is optimistic that life won’t be so bad after all.

This has got to be the most lovable character I have come across. Poor old Mr. Crypt just wants to get along. My first impression of a walking skeleton would be that its the work of Satan. So I guess you can’t judge by first impressions. He is so friendly and optimistic you just can’t help loving him. I love that the mustache seems to make a difference in his disguise. He doesn’t wear pants or shoes. Has no eyeballs or skin but the coat, top hat and mustache make him look human. I guess people just don’t look that closely. This was written for young children but I find it quite amusing as an adult. Something a little out of the ordinary.