BOOGEYMAN was a black-and-white anthology of weird, twisted stories narrated in song/rhyme by Mr. Diggs, a gravedigger by
trade. Each touched upon the concept of "the boogeyman," that ethereal fear that can't help but lurk at the fringes of our lives. There was
tale of the mystery magician who sells out his trade by exposing secrets on TV...there was the story of the young boy who hated the dictator in his
country...there was the one about the guy who murdered his grandfather to get his Abraham Lincoln letter...stuff like that.
But the oddest tale to emerge from the experience was probably the way this comic came about. Sergio and I discussed the idea one
evening over dinner at a Sizzler, and he designed the emcee on a catsup-stained napkin. We decided it was a comic we would have to do...but
there have been many ideas we've discussed that way and never got around to doing. The next day, Sergio worked out plans to do the book with Dark Horse Comics and it was scheduled, but somehow, no one told M.E. I found out the day
before I left for a New York trip not only that we were doing the book but that the first issue was almost due. A little slip-up, wouldn't you
Anyway, when I got back from N.Y., Sergio, Stan Sakai and I went into overdrive and the first issue was produced in a very few days
— which can, by the way, be very exciting and stimulating. Subsequent issues were produced in less of a panic. I dunno when we're
going to do more issues of this but I think we're going to do more issues of this.
Boogeyman and all related characters and artwork are
Copyright © 2009 Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragonés