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Something different for this one. Comixology is having an EC sale until 11 tonight (EST) for some Fantagraphic collections of various EC comics in black and white to better show off the artist's work. You can access the page here.

Here's a sampling of a story from Graham Ingels, originally published in Haunt of Fear #17.

Scans under the cut... )
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For my final horror-themed post of the month, here's a Basil Wolverton creeper from Gillmor's Weird Mysteries #5 (June 1953). Public domain; thanks once again to ComicBookPlus.com for the scans.

I can do a much better job than a plastic surgeon! )
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Another cheesy chiller from Harvey's Chamber of Chills (public domain). This one's from #3 (Oct 1951). Art and, possibly, script by Bob Powell, with art assists from Howard Nostrand and Marvil Epp (whose name is on the tombstone in page 8). Trigger warning for suicide.

Cobwebs and castles and corneas, oh my! )
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Here's a story from Junji Ito. Remember to read from right to left. Also a warning for brief nudity.

Read more... )
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Harvey Comics is best remembered as a publisher of kids' comics, but like MLJ/Archie, there was a time it dealt in a variety of genres, including horror, giving that up only when the establishment of the Comics Code Authority in 1954 put an end to stories such as the one I present here in its entirety, from Chamber of Chills #7 (April 1952; scans of this public domain title courtesy of ComicBookPlus.com). The gruesome denouement of "Crawling Death" (writer unknown, art by Abe Simon and Don Perlin) got special mention in Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent. Trigger warning for gore.

Typical human reaction: 'I'm going to kill it!! It might be some rare species!!' )
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P. Craig Russell's psychedelic adaptation of Lovecraft's "mad science" tale, originally written in 1920 and published in 1934. From Heavy Metal Vol. 18, No. 2 (May 1994).

Space belongs to me! )
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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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Oct. 11th, 2014 06:55 pm
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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 )

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