Comic Book Cats, number 156: The Mad Mummy
Comic Book Cats, number 156: The Mad Mummy, written & drawn by Mike Vosburg and lettered & art assists by Leyanna Hartonian, published by AV Publications in 2011.
The Mad Mummy is a web comic inspired by one of Mike Vosburg’s favorite movies, The Mummy (1932) starring Boris Karloff. Much like Karloff’s ancient Egyptian of the silver screen, the protagonist of The Mad Mummy has taken off his bandages and assumed the guise of a normal human. The immortal 3350 year old Aten Ra seeks to establish a new life for himself in modern-day Los Angeles, but he keeps getting drawn back into sinister supernatural schemes.
The first four installments of The Mad Mummy were collected together in print by Vosburg in 2011.
In the first installment of The Mad Mummy, the reincarnation of the priestess Ankesenamun revives a mummified cat to spy on Aten Ra, who in ancient times was her husband. The reanimated feline is naturally hungry after all these millennia. When Aten Ra spots what appears to be a stray, he puts out fish and milk for the kitty. Next thing you know the tabby has become a pampered lap cat who Aten Ra has named Mr. Ard. It is Mr. Ard who narrates The Mad Mummy, offering his insightful feline perspective on events.
Mike Vosburg worked in comic books during the 1970s and 80s on a variety of titles. From 1989 to 1996 he gained acclaim for his work on HBO’s live action Tales from the Crypt series, for which he provided concept artwork, storyboards, and the comic book cover images seen in nearly everyone one of the show’s 93 episodes. Since then Vosburg has focused on television and film, although he still works on comic books via The Mad Mummy and his other creator-owned title Lori Lovecraft, crafting exquisite artwork for those series.