The Horror Comics

Fiends, Freaks and Fantastic Creatures, 1940s–1980s


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About the Book

From the Golden Age of the 1940s, through the Silver Age of the ’60s, up until the early ’80s—the end of the Bronze Age. Included are the earliest series, like American Comics Group’s Adventures into the Unknown and Prize Comics’ Frankenstein, and the controversial and gory comics of the ’40s, such as EC’s infamous and influential Tales from the Crypt. The resurgence of monster-horror titles during the ’60s is explored, along with the return of horror anthologies like Dell Comics’ Ghost Stories and Charlton’s Ghostly Tales from the Haunted House.
The explosion of horror titles following the relaxation of the comics code in the ’70s is fully documented with chapters on Marvel’s prodigious output—The Tomb of Dracula, Werewolf by Night and others—DC’s anthologies—Witching Hour and Ghosts—and titles such as Swamp Thing, as well as the notable contributions of firms like Gold Key and Atlas. This book examines how horror comics exploited everyday terrors, and often reflected societal attitudes toward women and people who were different.

About the Author(s)

William Schoell is the author of numerous books about the performing arts and pop culture, and the writer of the blog Great Old Movies. He lives in New York.

Bibliographic Details

William Schoell
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 288
Bibliographic Info: 27 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7027-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1835-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Part I: The Golden Age, Pre–1956 3

One: American Comics Group (ACG) 5

Two: EC Comics 19

Three: Prize Comics 42

Four: Atlas, Timely and Marvel 52

Five: DC, Fawcett, Charlton and Harvey 67

Six: Ace and ­Ajax-Farrell 92

Seven: Avon, ­Better/Nedor, Comic Media and More 105

Eight: Key, St. John’s, Story, Quality, Smaller and Canadian Publishers 119

Part II: The Silver Age, 1956–1969 137

Nine: Marvel, DC and Charlton 139

Ten: Dell and Gold Key 158

Part III: The Bronze Age, 1970–1983 173

Eleven: Dracula, Frankenstein and Werewolf by Night 175

Twelve: Man-Thing, Morbius and More 193

Thirteen: DC’s Horror Anthologies 209

Fourteen: More Sinister Houses 223

Fifteen: Phantom Strangers and Swamp Things 237

Sixteen: Charlton, Gold Key and Atlas 248

Bibliography 271

Index 273

Book Reviews & Awards

“valuable…excellent addition to the shelves or tablets of any horror scholar”—Dead Reckonings.