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Look Here, Read: “To Draw or Not to Draw” by Alberto Breccia

From Heavy Metal’s Greatest Hits, volume 8, number 2 (1994), here’s a lushly painted little parable on freedom of expression by a neglected master, Alberto Breccia.

So… all you lovers of freedom, beware the wrath of the frustrated would-be artist… also, all you dictators out there, beware the brutal efficiency of your own brain-dead blackshirts…

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Look Here, Read: “The Dunwich Horror,” adapted by Breccia and Buscaglia

From Heavy Metal, volume III, number 6 (October 1979), here is Alberto Breccia’s adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Dunwich Horror”:

[UPDATE: The version published in Heavy Metal is now followed by a scan of the Spanish-language original, which provides the ocular proof of HM’s legendary translation and relettering butchery — not to mention HM’s failure to give credit to Breccia collaborator Norberto Buscaglia!]

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Alberto Breccia (1919–1993) was a 2009 Will Eisner Comic Industry Hall of Fame nominee. That Breccia was passed over for the award says considerably more about the shameful lack of availability of English translations of Breccia’s comics than it does about the quality of the work, which was first-rate.

The artists who were named to the Will Eisner Comic Industry Hall of Fame for 2009: Harold Gray, Graham Ingalls, Matt Baker, Reed Crandall, and Russ Heath. Ah nostalgia… there’s no soporific like it…