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In 1972, Archie Comics made its first major venture, since the MLJ days, into horror, with the series Chilling Adventures in Sorcery as Told by Sabrina. (This is not to be confused with the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina title launched earlier this very month in the wake of Afterlife with Archie's success.) Loosely patterned after the EC and other horror comics of the fifties, it was an anthology title hosted--for its first two issues--by everyone's favourite Teenage Witch, written and drawn by regulars from Archie's creative team: writer Frank Doyle and, in the stories excerpted here, Dan DeCarlo and Rudy Lapick on art.

If nothing else, this horror host is easier on the eyes than EC's GhouLunatics )
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In my previous post, [personal profile] sindra pointed out that the victim's retribution on the protagonist was disproportionate, in that he claimed he merely wanted to teach him a lesson, via a "Hollywood Voodoo" (i.e., not real-life Voudon) spell, but in fact ended up killing him via reverse ageing. Instead, sindra argued, the protagonist should've been punished in a way that would spare his life and allow him to mend his ways.

My initial response was "Then it wouldn't be a horror story!" But then I remembered "A Spell of Misery!" from the obscure Charlton comic, Creepy Things (#2, Oct 1975), in which a villainous protagonist also finds himself on the receiving end of a "Hollywood Voodoo" spell, but gets a second chance to make amends. (Script: Joe Gill, art: Rich Larson.) The story even has a socially-relevant topic: the deplorable living conditions in inner-city slums. Unfortunately, like many a well-meaning "social relevance" story from the Bronze Age of comics, it contains flagrant racial stereotypes. Consider this a trigger warning.

Don't mess with Mama Carafino )
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Of all the EC horror stories I've read, "A-Corny Story" (Tales from the Crypt #28, Feb-Mar 1952) is the one I find the most chilling. This, despite the utter lack of gore, scary faces, or the like. (The art, after all, is by Jack Kamen, best known for his realistic touch on EC's crime and suspense stories.) Read on and I'll tell you why, at the end.

No, this isn't the Bruce Wayne from _Batman: Tenses_, despite his similar attitude problem )
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It's fitting that I close this series of John Stanley horror stories with what may be his creepiest one ever, from Dell's Ghost Stories #1 (Sept-Nov 1962). Art by Ed Robbins. This issue is in the public domain; scans courtesy of ComicBookPlus.com.

Like a rattler the claw strikes )

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Here's a short story from Creepy #63. For those interested this was made into an episode of 'Masters of Horror' directed by Dario Argento.

Warning: There's some gory stuff here as well as what I think is an implied rape scene.

As always, if you have any requests for any horror comics -- be it EC, Warren, a manga, etc -- let me know and I'll try to see if I can post it.

Story under the cut... )
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Writer John Stanley is best known for two things: his longtime run on Little Lulu and his authorship of the Dell horror comics Tales from the Tomb (one-shot giant, 1962) and Ghost Stories #1 (Sept-Nov 1962). Some have called the latter two the scariest comic books ever published. Are they? You be the judge, over the next few posts o' mine. To start with, here's the Tales from the Tomb lead story. Art by Frank Springer. This comic is in the public domain (scans courtesy of ComicBookPlus.com).

Oh dear! Just look at those stains! )
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H.P. Lovecraft's classic 1924 tale of horrific family secrets gets the Richard Corben (as, appropriately, "Gore") treatment in the underground comic Skull #5 (Last Gasp, 1972).

3 of 10 pages; NSFW for gore )
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Hi folks!

As I mentioned last time, Lawdog had his own series under the Heavy Hitters label. Let's look at the first issue.



Yep, 90s. Which isn't to say Lawdog didn't have its own charms, especially early on. Art by Flint Henry. 9 pages of 28, plus an early Halloween treat.

Lost Highway )

Your thoughts and comments?
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The final Golden Age appearance of Madam Satan, from Pep #21 (Nov 1941; public domain), finds our villain attempting to damn two men at once. Will she succeed?

I think we all know the answer to that, but for old times' sake... )
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In this two-parter from Pep #18 and #19 (Aug-Sept 1941; public domain), our villain learns to change up her strategy a bit from merely seducing men and trying to give them the death-kiss. Does it work? Let's find out!

She's an unholy creature, I tell you! )
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Madam Satan, formerly the murderous mortal woman Tyra and now going by Iola for some reason, receives her first assignment from her infernal mate and boss. From Pep #17 (July 1941; public domain). Art by Harry Lucey, script possibly by Joe Blair (according to the Grand Comics Database).

I seem to have a premonition of something evil! )
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Madam Satan, seductive servant of the Devil, is one of the great unsung villains of the Golden Age. Her few appearances in Pep Comics were posted on s_d 1.0, way back when. Here's the first of them, from Issue 16 (June 1941), written by Abner Sundell, with art by Harry Lucey. As with all Pep issues up to #71, this comic is in the public domain (scans courtesy of ComicBookPlus.com).

Putting the 'fatale' in 'femme fatale' )
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With October starting soon, I figured I'd ask once again if anyone would like to see any specific stories published by EC Comics or Warren (who published stuff like Creepy). Wikipedia at least has a complete list of each of all the stories under each EC title if there's anything that grabs your attention. 

EDIT: Also if anyone wants to see any Junji Ito stories for Halloween, I can post those too.

Here's a story I first posted here way back in 2011 titled "Let the Punishment fit the Crime"...



Story under the cut... )

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