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The Scariest Comic Books of All Time! – Shut-In

A reader named Chris S. suggested that I devote October to the scariest comic books of all-time, as suggested by you readers out there! Sounds like a plan to me! So all October-long, I’ll be featuring 31 comic book tales of terror, based on YOUR suggestions! So e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com your scary suggestions! Here is an archive of all the comics featured so far!

Courtesy of reader Jackson Edge, we have another Bruce Jones story. This is the second-to-last Bruce Jones story that I’ll be featuring this month (the last one might very well get the honor of being the story featured on Halloween). This is titled “Shut-In” and it is drawn by the great Italian comic book artist Tanino Liberatore. And it is royally messed up. Some graphic scenes to follow! Be forewarned!


The comic features a young buxom teenage girl who is “babysitting” an older man who has suffered a paralytic stroke. While she is doing her homework, her boyfriend comes over. He makes jokes involving the paralyzed old man and eventually the two of them even have sex in front of the man.

The depraved behavior gets ramped up a notch…

And then things take a turn…

I debated featuring the next page and I decided against it. It is expertly handled, but it is a rape scene (all off panel of course) and it kind of creeped me out to show it. But boy did they handle it well, with the girl running through the house trying to get out while you see the sound effects for the squeeking of his wheelchair wheels as he eventually corners her.

Then the story takes a drastic turn. Very striking stuff.

Jones excels at these types of story and Liberatore’s artwork is excellent.


Reminds me of Twin Peaks’ second season with Leo, Bobby and Shelly. Thanks for posting these, I never really considered Bruce Jones a great writer (what with his mid-00s stuff) but these are some really well done stories!

In Brazil it was adapted to a short film. It’s available on the Internet, but I won’t post a link because you americans will certainly get offended by the nudity of its beautiful young actress.

“…but I won’t post a link because you americans will certainly get offended by the nudity of its beautiful young actress.”

It’s OK… some of us are Canadians. ;)

About Bruce Jones… When I started making my Top 10 horror comic stories, I knew Bruce Jones would have ONE entry for sure. It wound up being THREE of the Top 10. A little surprising.

The poor guy was chasing his first ‘big hit’ for the first 10 years of his career, but he’s really done some great work. I won’t say he carried horror comics through the eighties, but he certainly was one of the few through those tough times.

I thought of Twin Peaks, too! Leo had any ridicule coming to him, though, as annoying as Bobby was.

That short film is actually right on Youtube, apparently free of edit (and subtitles). According to imdb, the “beautiful young actress” was born in 1970 and the movie was released in 1986. She’s also seems to be somewhat notorious for posing in Brazilian Playboy at 16.

Dammit, Brazil. (No offense meant to Mr. Bouça.)

An American wrote it, an American recommended it, and I believe an American posted it. The movie version is pretty tame in comparison: http://youtu.be/Lji-TEtiL9g

Story still creeps me out.

I dunno, I think that video was suitably creepy.

In comparison though? Liberatore’s art just next level creeps me out…always. It’s probably Lubna’s fault. There’s no raga into “L.A. Woman” section in the comic either.

Sidenote: Can’t wait to find out what the last Jones pick will be.

“Dammit, Brazil. (No offense meant to Mr. Bouça.)”

I’m portuguese, just lived there for a few years. Would do so again on a heartbeat if I had the chance, I must say!

Just as an aside, I understand she told everyone at the time she was 18, but I don’t know if she had forged papers to back her up on it (although standards were much laxer at the time, so they might not have demanded it). Do note that she was diagnosed as having some pretty severe mental issues years later, that could explain why she did it.

On a more personal note, she was the very first Playboy girl that made me actually want to buy the magazine (I was twelve or thirteen at the time and, as you may imagine, not allowed to do it), so it really caused an impression on my young mind! Couldn’t imagine she was so close to my own age…

this one made me a bit sad at that end
link in color for the comic

What was the name of the film???

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