Crypt of Horror Volume #31 is now available!! 21 great vintage horror stories never before reprinted fill this historic volume, originally seen within the pages of comics published by Fawcett, Prize, Aragon, Charlton and others. Stories include “The Dark Mirror”, “The Unseen”, and “The Thing From The Lake” (originally seen in Fawcett’s Strange Stories From Another World; “Evil Eye”, “Turnabouit”,”The Curse Of The Pirates’s Gold”, “Fate”, “Cold Cash” and “Bloody Spawn of the Cat”, from Aragon’s Weird Mysteries; plus “The Haunted Room”, “Reign of Terror”, “Invisible Link”, “The Zombies Prowl”, “The Little Things”, “The Gool Strikes”, “Beware Of The Cat”, “Lost In The Graveyard”, “The Man Who Said No”, “Last Seen Entering An Elevator”, “Preliminary Hearing” and “King Of Planetoid X”. Artists include Mort Meskin, Dick Giordano, Steve Ditko, Joe Maneely, Sheldon Moldoff, Graham Ingels, Ed McCarty, Sal Trapani, Edvard Moritz, Charles Stern and Ed Waldman. 140 pages of great PreCode horror in stunningly-clear black and white with color covers, standard comic book size and saddle-stitched for $29.95 from AC Comics
Crypt of Horror Volume 30 is now available; the latest installment in AC Comic’s heralded Pre-Code horror reprint anthology!! This big “Hyde and Seek” edition features vintage horror comics originally published by Fox Features , Ace, Ziff-Davis, Charlton and other great horror houses of the 1950’s, including such classic tales as “The Mystery of Lunablanca”, “The Dead Guard The Gold”, “The Ghost Who Stole A Body”, “The Doorway To Yesterday”, and “Creatures of Fantasy”, from Ace Comics’ The Beyond; “Monster of the Moat”, “Land of the Silicon Men”, “Diogenes’ Deadly Lamp” and “Nightmare Flight”, from Baffling Mysteries; “The Evil Men Do”, “Escape on a Planetoid”, and “The Princess of the Future”, all from Ziff-Davis’ Amazing Adventures; a special 25-page comic-format adaptation of “Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde” from Fox Features A Star Presentation (with art by Wallace Wod and Harry Harrison), plus “The Shadow”, “The Shrunken Head”, “Before the Dawn of Time”, “The Alien”, and “It’s Harmless…I THINK!!” Artists include Steve Ditko, Lou Cameron, Russ Heath, Mike Sekowsky, Bill Benulis, Max Elkin, Ken Rice, John Belfi, Richard Case, Rudy Palais, Frank Giacoia, Louis Zansky, Paul Gattuso, George Appel, Maurice Gutwirth , Vince Alascia and Jim McGlaughlin. A full 140 pages of classic comic book horror, black and white interiors with full-color covers, standard comic book size and saddle-stitched. $29.95 from AC Comics. Printed in 2016.
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Crypt of Horror Volume 31
Company Name: AC Comics
Address: P.O. Box 394, Plymouth, Florida; 32768-0394
Email Address: email@example.com Title: Crypt or Horror
Issue/Number: Volume 31
UPC Code: 64924192598903111
Retail Price: $29.95
Format: Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched
Dimensions: 10.25″ X 6.50″
Page Count: 140 pages
Color: Black and White (with color covers)
Intended Audience: All ages
Country of Origin: USA
Ship Date: November 28, 2016
Writers: Joe Gill,Bob Powell, Robert Bernstein, Bill Woolfolk and others uncredited.
Artists: Bob Powell, Mort Meskin, L. B. Cole, Sheldon Moldoff, Ed Waldman, Ed McCarty, Tony DiPreta, George Tuska, Dick Giordano, Sal Trapani, Steve Ditko, Joe Maneely, John Tartaglione, Joe Orlando and others uncredited.
Cover Artist: Mike Sekowsky
Synopsis: Yet another 21 complete,never-before-reprinted Pre-Code horror gems from 1950’s publishers Fawcett, Star and others, including “The Unseen”, “Reign of Terror”, “The Ghoul Strikes””the Forbidden Tomb”, “Lost In The Graveyard and 16 others. Artists include Powell, Meskin, Moldoff, Cole, Ditko, McCarty, Maneely, Giordano, Tuska, Orlando and others.
Rare and previously-unreprinted horror comics are of course the order of the day in Crypt of Horror Volume #31, macabre material you will certainly see nowhere else!! A real mixed bag this time around, with a trio of tales from Fawcett’s Strange Stories From Another World: “The Unseen” drawn by Ed McCarty; Sheldon Moldoff’s “The Thing From The Lake”, and “The Dark Mirror”, with art by Ed Waldman; a pair of tales by underrated Star Comics- L. B. Cole’s “The Forbidden Tomb”, and “Reign of Terror”; a trio of classic Steve Ditko stories-“The Little Things”, “The Heritage” and “The Confereate Girl”. Three more stories SO weird we don’t know who wrote or drew them, nor even where they originally appeared- “The Ghoul Strikes”, “Beware The Cat”, and “Secret Of The Haunted Room”; a Mort Meskin gem called “Invisible Line”, and nine more horrifying handfuls drawn by such 1950’s luminaries as Bob Powell, Dick Giordano, Tony DiPreta, George Tuska, Joe Orlando, John Tartaglione and more.
140 pages of great PreCode classics, black and white with color covers, standard comic book size, saddle-stiched, for $29.95.
Crypt of Horror Volume 29- BIGGER and BETTER than EVER!! Wheras a REGULAR issue of COH normally runs 140 pages, this SPECIAL #29 adds twenty on TOP of that- a FULL 160 pages of gruesome Pre-Code horror!! 25 full stories from vintage publishers including Toby/Minoan, Fawcett, Standard/Nedor, Star, Charlton, Bernard Bailey Pubs, Superior and others, with titles like: “The Obi Makes Jumbee”, “A Life For A Life”, “Corpses From The Sea”, “Death Takes A Hand”, “When Time Ran Out”, “The Weirdest Suicide Pact Ever”, “Special On Beet Soup”, “Test Of Terror”, “Fiend Of The Flames”, “They Are Watching You”, “The Dry Doom”, “Freak”, “The Mirror Of Mowgaladi”, “The Secret Of Planet X”, “Your Grave Is Ready”, “Idol Of Evil”, “Down By The Old Mill Scream”, “Ship Of The Walking Deadf”, “When The Shaman Walked”, “Creeping Death”, “When Death Takes A Hand”, “The Treacherous Genie”, “The Hound Dog”, “The Day Harrington Died”, and “The Planet That Wasn’t There”. Artists include Bob Powell, Jay Disbrow, Mel Keefer, Steve Ditko, Sheldon Moldoff, Bill Walton, Ken Bald, Lin Steeeter, Ross Andru, John Belfi, Myron Fass, Jack Sparling, Rocke Mastroserio, Gene Fawcette, Robert Baldwin, Bob Fujitani and others. Get this collection and enjoy some of the WEIRDEST horror stories comics of the 1950’s had to offer. A whopping 160 pages in glistening black and white with color covers; standard comic book size, saddle-stitched for $29.95. Printed in 2016.
More rare and esoteric PreCode horror comics are available once again in the brand-new Crypt of Horror Volume 28, now available from AC Comics!! 21 full stories in all, originally published by a plethora of pulp print publishers from the near-forgotten past of thw 1950’s, including Ajax/Farrell, Fawcett, Charlton, Hillman, Merit, Superior, ACG, Star and others, featuring art by the likes of Bernard Bailey, Sid Check, Marvin Stein, Al Hollingsworth, Harry Lazarus, Bob McCarty, Leonard Frank, John D’Agostino, Bob Forgione, Pete Riss, Al Eadeh and others uncredited. from the pages of such titles as This Magazine Is Haunted, Dark Mysteries, Strange Fantasy, Haunted Thrills, Fantastic Fears, Adventures Into The Unknown, Voodoo, Strange Journey and others. Stories include: “Skull Scavenger”, “The Monster”, “The City Of The Dead”, “Adventure In Death”, “Pit Of Horror”, “The Man Who Died Laughing”, “The Red Death, “The Eyes Of Death”, “The Hand Of Death”, “Beware The Bejango”, “What Happened To Dr. Dormm”, “The Forbidden Doom”, “The Soul Collector”, “The Vampire Cat”, “Spare Me, Please Sir”, “The Terror Of The Killer Plant”. “Ghoul For A Day”, “The Fat Man”, “Demon Fiddler”, “The Constant Eye” and “When The Sea Goes Dry”. 140 full pages of vintage macabre comic-book madness, unavailable anywhere else!! Black and white interiors, full color covers, standard comic book size and saddle-stitched. $29.95 from AC Comics. Released in 2016.
Crypt of Horror Volume 27 is now on sale!! The latest in our acclaimed anthology of rare 1950’s horror comic book reprints returns; this issue subtitled “Major Macabre”! Chock full of classic scare-stories originally published by Ajax/Farrell, Avon, Prize, St. John, Mikross and others, with stories including “The Stranger In Studio X”, “The Monster of the Storm”, “The Black Flame”, “The Trumpet of Doom”, “Monster of the Moors”, “The Abduction of Earth”, “The End of his Service”, “One More Chance”, “The Other Me”, “Frigid Fear”, “Death Is the Jury”, “Dying Is So Contageous”, “The Man In The Cell”, “The Little Black Box”, “Live For Reunion”, “Wheel Of Terror”, “The Shadows On the Screen”, “The Devil Collects”, “Freak”, “Hoofbeats of the Devil’s Horse”, “Gold Has No Conscience”, and “Someone Is In the Trunk”. Artists on these gems include Joe Simon and Jack Kirby; Bob Powell, Dick Ayers, Mort Meskin, Rocke Mastroserio, Norman Nodel, John Rosenberger, Goldfarb Baer, Gene Fawcette, Rafael Astarita. Robert Hayward Webb, Henry C.Kiefer and other greats. 140 pages of vintage comics monsters, mystery and mayhem in black and white, with a color cover by Mike Esposito. Standard comic book size, saddle-stiched, for $29.95.Released in 2015.
Another great compilation of vintage horror comics- Crypt of Horror Volume 26- is now available!! Focusing on some of the greatest horror comics artists of the 1950’s, 20 full stories from Fawcett, Minoan, Charlton, Harvey and others are featured:”Green Hands Of Terror”( art by George Evans), “Devil’s Due” and “The Weirdest Corpse of All Time” (art by Sheldon Moldoff and Ed Moline), from Fawcett’s This Magazine Is Haunted #2; “Giant From The Tomb” and “Death Flower” both drawn by Ben Brown and Dave Gantz from Purple Claw #3; Basil Wolverton’s “Planet of Terror”; “The Darkness Outside” by Dick Ayers; a quartet of classic Steve Ditko gems- “Deadly Cargo of Spaceship 90”, “The Most Dangerous Man In The World”, “Exiled To Earth”, and “The Faceless Man”; a pair of Gene Colan stadouts-“Behind The Dreadful Door” and “Witch Doctor”; two drawn by former EC stars- “Barely Human” by Joe Orlando and “I Foiled An Alien Invasion” by Jack Davis, plus “A Hex On My Brother”, “Assault On The Unknown”, “Bride Of The Beast” and “Bats By Night”and “The Magic Metal”. 140 full pages of horror comic book history in crystal-clear black and white with color covers, standard comic book size and saddle-stitched, for $29.95.Released in 2015.
Crypt of Horror Volume 25 is NOW AVAILABLE!! Another awesome assemblage of rare and esoteric macabre masterpieces from the 1940’s and ’50’s! This issue’s special focus is on the horror stories of Fiction House Comics, and it includes FIVE classic Ghost Gallery stories from Jumbo Comics, illustrated by Alex Blum, John Belcastro and a trio of tales drawn by future EC Comics great Jack Kamen-plus a chilling Ghost Squadron story by the inimitable Maurice Whitman AND “The Last Of The Glanamores” from Ghost Comics #6, as illustrated by Larry Woromay. But there’s LOTS more, including a trio of Pre-Code chiilers prepared for Standard/Better’s horror books: “Harvest of Death” and “Werewolf”, both drawn by Mort Meskin and George Roussos, and “That Stray Cat” by Mike Roy; “The Witches Come Out At Midnight ” (by Norman Nodel and Vince Alascia), and “The Red Spider” from Avon Publications’ City Of The Living Dead #1 and Witchcraft #3, respectively ; “The Devil’s Chair”, as drawn by Enrico Bagnoli ( originally published in St. John’s 3D House of Terror #1), plus ten more chillers: “Fair Exchange” by Bob Powell, “They Vanish At Night” from John Tartaglione, “Trick Or Treat” by Mike Sekowsky, “Maxies’ Last Fight” by Max Elkan and Mike Esposito, “The Ghost Comes Back” by Dick Ayers, “The Man Who Went Back” by Pete Tumlinson, Steve Ditko’s “The Greatest Experiment, and “How To Be a Gracious Ghost.” 140 pages of rarely-seen horror comics from the genre’s formative years, in full-story black and white reprints inside a full-color cover. Standard comic book size, saddle stitched for $29.95. Released in 2015.
Another colossal collection of outre’ and outrageous horror stories from the comics of the 1950’s is here- Crypt of Horror Volume 24: “The DEAD, The Demented and The Depraved ” edition !! 22 full stories originally printed in comics produced by long-defunct publishers including Fawcett, Ace ( four stories from their “The Beyond” issue #4 in fact) St. John, Superior, Standard/Nedor, Charlton and others, featuring art by Alex Toth, Bob Powell, Mike Sekowsky, Steve Ditko, Sheldon Moldoff, Bernard Bailey, Bob McCarty, Pierce Rice, Jim McLaughlin, Ken Rice, Charles Nicholas, Bob Forgione, Louis Zansky, Tony DiPreta, Mike Peppe, Rocke Mastroserio, Ben Brown, Dave Gantz and others. Tales reprinted from great Pre-Code horror titles like This Magazine Is Haunted, Journey Into Fear, Weird Horrors, The Unseen, Out Of The Shadows and more include: “The Monster’s Revenge”, “Pale Light of Death”, “Forbidden Forest”, “House In The Web”, “Images of Sand”, “I Lived Four Times”, “Last Stop”, “Dance of the Dead”, “Cult of the Undead”, “The Man With The Atomic Brain”, “Death Reaches Out”, “Stand-In For Death”, “Manhunt”, “What Lurks Below”, “It Happened On Valentine’s Eve”. “Death By Invitation”, “Dancing Lights of Kula”, “Trial By Ghostlight”, “Ed’s Young Wife”, “Shadow And Substance”, “The Little People”, and “Chant of the Hypnotic Chord”. All complete, unexpurgated and unseen since their initial publication almost 60 years ago, reproduced in crisp black and white using state-of-the-art technology.True horror fans best not pass up THIS one! 140 pages, standard comic book size, saddle-stitcherd. Black and white interiors with color covers- $29.95. Now available from AC Comics. Released in 2015.
CRYPT OF HORROR Volume 23 is NOW AVAILABLE!! It’s true, comicdom’s top Pre-Code horror reprint anthology is back with another big issue bursting at the seams with the rarest, most esoteric scare comics of the Golden Age of Horror!!
Behind that amazing Basil Wolverton cover are these stories–Flight To The Future by Basil Wolverton, The Violin Of Death by Enrico Bagnoli, The Ghost’s Revenge by Everett Raymond Kinstler, The 13Th Clown by
Mort Lawrence, Better Off Dead by Vince Alascia, Fate Has A Thousand Faces, Shining Sands of Death, The Stolen Corpse, The Phantom Gloves by Robert McCarty, The Supermen by Steve Ditko, The Haunting White Shadow by Robert McCarty, His Long, Strange Journey, Chant Of The Dead, The Man Who Saw Too Much by George Evans and Leonard Frank, To A Waiting Doom, The Forgotten Room, Death’s Round Trip, The Train That Wasn’t There by Bob Powell and The Long Way Home.
All are full-story reproductions in crystal-clear black and white, using the best methods of print reproduction currently available anywhere. 140 pages, black and white interiors with full color covers, standard comic book size, saddle-stitched, for $29.95. Priinted in 2014.
CRYPT OF HORROR Volume 22 is NOW AVAILABLE!! It’s true, comicdom’s top Pre-Code horror reprint anthology is back with another big issue bursting at the seams with the rarest, most esoteric scare comics of the 1950’s!! 21 full stories in all, plus two one-page featurettes !! Some of these tales are SO obscure and rare, we don’t know WHO created them- and in some cases we don’teven know exactly WHERE they were published!! How’s THAT for hard-to-find material ?! One thing we are certain of is that COH #22 contains a quartet of stories from Quality Comics’ Web of Evil #11- “The Moulder of Doom”, “The Face From Hell”, “Buried Alive” and “The Monster They Couldn’t Kill”!! From Mister Mystery Comics comes “Henpecked” ( with art by the distinctive Eugene Hughes); and “Hunger”; Avon Comics’ Eerie #16 is represented with a Louis Ravelli classic titled “A Honeymoon of Horror”; and “Introducing The Devil” comes from All New Comics, of all places; and Fawcett’s This Magazine Is Haunted was the original venue for this issues’ “The Coffin Maker”. A duo of disturbing dramas come by way of a pair of Superior Comics’ titles: from Strange Mysteries #7 comes “Fit To Die”, and from Journey Into Fear #2, it’s “Night Screams”!! Beyond that, this issue offers “Imperial Double ” by that master of the surreal, Steve Ditko; “The Heat’s On” by Russ Heath, “Bride of Doom” by Jay Disbrow; “Insane!”; “Only Evil Need Fear The Bogey Man”; “Haunted Hamlet”; “Fenton’s Face” bya young Gene Colan; another grisly Eugene Hughes saga, “Hatchet Man”; “Hallucinations”; “He Who Laughs Last Gets…Horselaugh”, drawn by Joe Certa, and “Charlie”- all adding up to more than enough classic panelological mayhem to keep you from sleeping at night!! All are full-story reproductions in crystal-clear black and white, using the best methods of print reproduction currently available anywhere. 140 pages, black and white interiors with full color covers, standard comic book size, saddle-stitched, for $29.95. Priinted in 2014.
Rare material is the order of the day in Volume 21, AC Comics latest offering in it’s acclaimed Crypt of Horror vintage horror comic reprint series. This chock-full-of-creepy treasure trove is cover-to-cover with 22 of the hardest to find Pre-Code horror comics stories of the era. Pulp giant Standard had steady success throughout the 1940’s with their line of superhero comics; as the 1950’s dawned, they jumped onto the horror bandwagon with several scaries, including the moody “The Unseen.” From that title comes “The Helmsman”, illustrated by George Tuska, and “Death Reaches Out”, by Mike Sekowsky and Mike Peppe. “Adventures Into Darkness” was another Standard horror book, and from that we reprint George Roussos” “Frozen Death”. Ajax-Farrell had some of the VERY weirdest horror offerings in the Pre-Code era, and this volume of COH offers up a full half- dozen of them: “Ghost On The Gallows”,”Evil Disguise”,”The Playful Executioner”, “Return Of The Corpse”, “The Clay Coffin”, and “Death Takes Four”. From Ace Comics’ Web of Mystery comes a pair of scare-tales; “Black Fury” and “Beware The Phantom Spear”. Several top 1950’s horror artists are represented this issue, including Bob Powell with “Fade Out”; Steve Ditko with “My Secret”, and Bernard Krigstein with “They Wait Below”; Mort Meskin with “Credit And Loss”, Sal Trani with “The Supermen From Space”; and Lin Streeter with “An Ugly Dummy Named Oswald Foop!”. Other stories this issue, from publishers including Sterling,, Harvey and ACG, are “Best Seller”; “The Spectral Sister”; “Wax Museum”; “The Weird Wager’, “The Grave Robber”, A Pre-Code horror fan’s dream- that’s Crypt Of Horror Volume 21. 140 pages in black and white with color covers, standard comic book size, saddle-stitched. Now available for $29.95 from AC Comics.
CRYPT OF HORROR VOLUME 20 IS NOW AVAILABLE!! This go-around, the CRYPT OF HORROR microscope focuses in on material from several publishers NOT primarily noted as horror purveyors, but that generated some very interesting material just the same. Fawcett Comics is a name synonymous with the Marvel Family- Captain, Junior, Mary, and the rest were among THE biggest selling titles of the 1940’s, but as that decade waned and horror comics became the rage, Fawcett was one of the first to jump on the bandwagon. This volume of COH will showcase a number of stories from Fawcett’s BEWARE! TERROR TALES title, including “The Black Candle of Life”, “The Crawling Horror”, and the trully bizarre “Revolt of the Fingers”. A. A. Wynn’s Ace Publications was a pulp powerhouse dating back to the 1930’s that got in on the 1940’s comics comics boom with a line of tepid superhero comics like SUPER-MYSTERY, LIGHTNING, OUR FLAG and FOUR FAVORITES. When the “long-underwear” crowd fell out of fashion, Ace went with other genres, including horror. Their top horror title was WEB OF MYSTERY, represented in COH 20 with “The Night The Statues Walked” and “Death Is A Star Sapphire” ( both illustrated by Lou Cameron) and Lin Streeter’s classic “Villa Of The Vampires”. The short-lived publishing concern helmed by artists Ross Andru and Mike Esposito, MikeRoss Pubs turned out a number or weird little scare-tales, such as this issues’s “The Executioner”. Another esoteric comic house of the Precode era was Superior Publications. From that line’s JOURNEY INTO FEAR, check out “Killer’s Payoff” and “Death Is My Hobby” this time out. And originally released by a plethora of 1950’s publishers and drawn by artists including Bob Powell, Joe Certa, Robert McCarty, Sal Trapani, Art Gates, E. E. Hughes, Maurice Gutwirth, Ellis Erringer, Dick Beck, Ed Moline, G. H. Appel and Charles Tomsey; look for these twisted tales as well- “The Threat”, “Eternal Death”, “Last Supper”, “The Spirit In The Stone”, “Out of Focus”, “Terror of the Deep”, “Wall of Coahuila”, “Spectres of the Dam”, “The Witches’ Curse”, “Death Takes A Holiday”, “The Phantom Fountain”, and “The Other World”; all in the big, 20th volume of CRYPT Of HORROR, now available!! 140 pages of crisp black and white full-story reprints from actual 1950’s horror comic books, standard comic book size, with full-color covers, saddle stitched, for $29.95.
CRYPT OF HORROR VOLUME 19 IS NOW AVAILABLE!! During the horror comics boom of the early 1950’s, the demand for the macbre was high, and an incredible volume of pages featuring spooky material were churned out- in more ways than one. Aesthetic standards varied greatly. On the high end, that era spawned the EC Comics horror line; considered by many to be among the highest-quality comic books ever produced. At the other end of the spectrum were the poverty-row publishers, employing artists with far less skill and experience. Not always the worst matchup, though- grotesquely hideous artwork on a horror story is far more effective than on a romance comic! All of that aside, many of the artistic giants throughout comic book history have done exemplary work in the horror genre, even if we are more accustomed to associating their names with other types of comic books, and Crypt of Horror Volume 19 highlights a selection of great artists that fit that description. Jack Kirby was the unquestioned “king” of illustrating rollicking action on the comic book page, but did you know he could also craft a moody and mysterious missive as well? Then check out this issue’s “Saucer Man”, inked by Al Williamson. Awed my Steve Ditko’s work on the classic Spider-Man ? You ain’t seen nothin’ till you’ve sampled some of the weird chillers he drew for Charlton and other companies a decade before, like “What Happened?”, right here in this volume. Alex Toth- storyteller supreme and master of the tasteful use of chiarascuro? Prepare to be scared out of your WITS by his “Murder Mansion”! Bob Powell, Joe Sinnott, and a host of others are here; great artists all, perhaps better known for their efforts delineating superheroes, adventure, humor or glamor- but never better than when weltering in grisly horror!! Like Dick Ayers on “I Crawl Through Graves”, Bill Everett on “Don’t Bury Me Deep”, George Altman illustrating “You’re Going To Die Yesterday”, Bernard Bailey’s “Lost, One World!”, Sol Brodsky on “The Man Who Moved”; Bernie Krigstein’s “The Man Who Couldn’t Be Reached”, Sid Greene’s “Too Late”, Joe Maneely illustrating “The Iron Door”, Werner Roth on “The Rival”, plus Manny Stallman, Fred Kida, Fran Smith, John Forte, Dave Berg, Myron Fass, BobFujitani, Gene Colan, and half-a-dozen others!! 29 full vintage horror stories reprinted in all!! 140 pages in black and white with color covers, standard comic book size, saddle-stitched. Check out Crypt of Horror Volume 19, and see the greatest artists in comic book history in an all-new (and scary) light!!
CRYPT OF HORROR, Volume 18 is NOW AVAILABLE!! More lurid Pre-Code horror, here spotlighting Quality Comics’ WEB OF EVIL title!! The aptly-named Quality Comics line of the Golden Age was synonymous with the very BEST in story and art anywhere to be found on the comics racks. Publisher Everett M. Arnold hired the top artists and writers available, and paid them better rates than anyone in the business. Ranking in total sales and popularity just below DC and Fawcett (and ABOVE Timely/Marvel, really) during their run from 1939 to 1956, the company was best known for producing the super-star features PLASTC MAN, BLACKHAWK and DOLLMAN; as well as dozens of other ongoing characters of all genres. But, when horror reigned supreme in the comic market in the early 1950’s that prime creative staff was put to turning out horror stories as well. And since head honcho “Busy” Arnold wouldn’t accept anything less, the Quality horror comics were among the best of their era, as well. WEB OF EVIL was their one and only “true” horror title, and will be spotlighted here in this special volume of COH, showcasing nine grisly WOH grabbers: “Hangman’s Horror” (drawn by JACK COLE!!), “Return of the Dead” ( by Dick Dillin), “Ghost Ship”, “The Corpse That Wouldn’t Die”, “Make-Up For Death”, “The Fiend Who Lived Forever”, “Terror In Chinatown” and “Avenging Ghosts”, plus a bonus Quality gem originally running in Ken Shannon comics, of all places- “The Corpses Wouldn’t Sleep” (illustrated by Reed Crandall). This material comprises complete reprints of WEB OF EVIL issues # 3 and 17, and THEN some .These offerings are particularly well- written and drawn, in the typical Quality manner, and have not been seen ANYWHERE since their original publication in the early 1950’s!! Big sellers in their day, they are rare gems now, as Quality has been more or less forgotten as a purveyor of horror. Not to mention one of the EARLIEST. In Hit Comics, circa 1940, ran what MAY be THE first ongoing horror feature ever seen in American comic books- a series called “The Old Witch”, wherin the titular character narrated a macabre morsel. Well, in this very volume, we’re reprinting a TOW story from Hit #6, “The Phantom Scaffold”!! Also, we’ll be including a story from ANOTHER forgotten/undiscovered source of high-gloss Pre-Code horror, the Ziff-Davis/Avon Publications title, Nightmare!! Check out “The Soul of Benjamin Sprague” (drawn by Bob Powell) from that venerable tome. Plus, rarities from Jack Kirby (“Dead Man’s Lode”), Dick Ayers (“The Man Who Wasn’t”), Steve Ditko (“The Time Chamber”), Ben Brown & Dave Gantz (“The Final Horror” ) and others, including “The Bat and the Brain”; “Bride of Anubis”; “The Girl Who Died Twice” and “The Dead Speak”. True horror comics lovers CANNOT miss this issue, as you’ll find THESE never-previously-reprinted stories nowhere else!! A full 140 pages of crisp, clear, full-story reprints in black and white, with color covers. Standard comic book size, saddle-stitchrd. Released in 2013.
Comicdom’s premiere Pre-Code horror anthology is back, with a special Weird Werewolf volume!! That’s right, hirsute howling horrors are on special this issue, from the stunning Steve Ditko cover right through FIVE shaggy terror tales: “A Silver Bullet For Your Heart” from Joe Simon and Jack Kirby; “Werewolf” (artist unknown), “A Race To Kill” by Mo Marcus, “The Haunt of the Hyena”, and “Were-fiends of Finland”; plus an article on werewolf tales from EC, Atlas, ACG, Harvey and Comic Media. But that’s just the beginning, as there are 16 MORE great full-story reprints, originally seen in such 1950’s horror gems as Tales of Horror, Mister Mystery, Weird Chills, Weird Mysteries, and other long-defunct scarey mags! Stories include “The Beast From The Deep”, “The Survivors”, “Late Date With Death”, “Dead Man’s Escape”, “The Invasion”, “Fear Has A Name”, “12,000 To 1”. “The Edge of Fear”, “The Bog of Evil”, “Terror On TV”, “The Clock Maker”, “Premonintion”, “SSSSHHH” and others, drawn by such luminaries as Ed Goode, Bob Powell, Jerry Grandenetti, Harry Lazarus, Steve Ditko, Al Williamson, Joe Maneely, Joe Certa, John Rosenberger, Eugene Hughes and others. As always, it’s 140 full pages of great vintage comic book horror in one saddle-stitched volume. Standard comic book size, black and while interiors with color covers. Released in 2013.
ONLY TWO COPIES LEFT!!! Hang onto your hats, horror-hounds; CRYPT OF HORROR Volume 16 is here!! Continuing the COH tradition of celebrating the great Pre-Code horror comics classics of the 1950’s, this 16th stanza collects another 21 complete vintage terror tales from such long-defunct publishers as Fawcett (with several stories from the late, great This Magazine Is Haunted title), Charlton, Magazine Enterprises, Minoan/Toby Press, and others. Top-flight story and art come together in treasures like ” Nightmare”, drawn by Joe Sinnott; “The Soul Stealer”, by Robert Pious; “The Thing On The Beach”, rendered by Steve Ditko”; “The Crawling Corpse”, as visualized by Harry Lazarus”; “Sand!”, by Bob Powell; “Third Grave On The Right”, brought to life by Bill Ely; “Close Shave”, by Fred Kida; “The Revolt Of Wilber Bixby”, drawn by Jay Scott Pike; “Weird Wonders”, by John Belfi; “Web Of Horror”, limned by Ben Brown and Dave Ganz, “The Sea Waits” AND “Tortures Of The Damned”, BOTH by Dick Ayers; plus “Out Of Control”; “The Store At The Cemetary”; “The Howling Head”; “The Night People”; “Life Insurance”; “Witches’ Wrath”; “The Devil Stole Her Soul”; “Eyes Of Death”; “The Sunken Grave”; and “Contract In Blood”. Buy this volume and you are sure to be scared senseless, 1950’s-style. Psychological horror, ghosts, vampires, aliens, zombies, walking dead, witches, demons, even mermaids, human she-spiders and shrewish, domineering wives- they are all here!! Chilling cover painting by Bob Powell!! Crypt of Horror Volume 16 is a fat 140 pages in black and white with color covers. It is standard comic book size, and is saddle-stitched. Released by AC Comics in 2013.
Hang on for another titanic treasury of horrifying happenings straight out of the great horror comic books of the 1950’s. 19 full-story reprints in glistening, crystal-clear black and white reproducing every nuance of the original line art!! This collection covers rare gems originally published by ACG, Harvey, Prize, Magazine Enterprises, Standard/Nedor , Fiction House and Charlton; and includes “The Hidden Horror”, “The Undying Brain”; “The Subway Spectres”, “The Tomb of the Unseen”, “Artist of Evil”, “The Well of Mystery”, ” Lure of the Snake Goddesss”, “The Angel of Death”, “The Wall of Flesh”, “The Bloodstone”, “The Bloody Fangs of Fear” )A Tale of the Haunter), “The Ghost Gallery”, “The Report”, “The Ghost of the Gorgon”, “The Lady and the Monster” (starring the Frankenstein momster), “The Drums”, “Monster of the Deep”, “The Shadow In the Mirror”, and “Numbered For Death”!! These frights of comic book fantasy feature artwork by such stellar stalwarts as Ogden Whitney, Joe Certa, Joe Simon, Jack Kirby, Bob Powell (TWO FULL STORIES!!), John Bell, Dick Briefer, Steve Ditko, John Celardo and others. If you’ve already collected the first 14 volumes in this series, #15 will be a must-have. If not, this issue is a perfect place to jump on the Pre-Code horror bandwagon asnd see what all the hoopla is about! Crypt of Horror Volume 15 is a BIG 140 pages in black and white with color covers, standard comic book size, saddle-stitched. Released by AC Comics in 2012.
Steel yourself for another heaping helping of horror as the latest installment in the Crypt of Horror series is here, Volume 14!! No collector of vintage Pre-Code horror comics will want to miss this one. Behind a classic Warren Kremer cover you’ll find 18 full story reprints in superbly crisp black and white, including such classics as “The Spell of the Black Gloves”, “Cats of Doom”, “Corpse Convention”, “The Picnic”, “Evil Secret of Black Hollow”, “Vampire Bride”, “The Last Man”, “The Vampire Legion”, “The Specter’s Revenge”, “Vigil Among the Vampires”, “The Monster of Mad Mountain”, “Bum Ticker”, “Second Chance”, “The Deadly Doll of Horror”, “Mountain of Doom” and others. Art by such gruesome greats as Bob Powell, Al Avison, George Tuska, Tony Mortellaro, Charles Quinlan and Jack Kirby. Thrill to comic book frights of days gone by from publishers like ACG, Prize, Harvey and others, not since since originally published in the 1950’s. A full 140 pages of comics’ best from the horror genre. Color covers with black and white interiors, standard comic book size, saddle-stitched. Released in 2012.
The latest- and GORIEST- selection of classic horror reprints in this acclaimed series celebrating the great horror comics of the past. Normally, this title confines itself to the exploration of the Pre-Code scaries out of the comics of the early 1950’s (and there are PLENTY of those here, too), but this edition of COH carries a special focus on the stomach-churning offerings from publisher Myron Fass’ Eerie Publications of the 1970’s. Students of the horror comics genre consider this some of most bizarre, twisted material ever to appear in comic book form on the newstands. Included here is a representative sampling of half a dozen of Eerie’s worst, including “Yeech!”, drawn by Human Torch creator Carl Burgos, and four Dick Ayers-illustrated tales; “I Chopped Her Head Off”, “Corpse For A Coffin”, “The Tomb”, and “The Witches’ Revenge”. Eerie Publications low-rent periodicals were actually magazine-sized black & whites, meant to compete with the Warren Publications and Marvel B&Ws of their day, and were not required to adhere to the standards of the Comics Code Authority (which was in power in the 1970’s, when these stories were originally published), hence they are far more violent and disturbing vthan any four-color fare. Be warned. Of course, if it’s classic comic book horror you’re looking for (as if THAT wasn’t strange enough ), there is a healthy (perhaps that’s not REALLY the right word) helping of that this issue, too. Eerie publisher Fass himself (also an artist) is represented by a tamer (but no less twisted) offering from the ’50’s; “The Thing In The Pool”; two vintage ACG thrillers (both of which are “artist unknown”) “The Floating Coffin” and “The Million-Year Monster”; a Steve Ditko spooky tour-du-force; “Stretching Things”; plus “The Vampire’s Bones”. From Mikross’ Publications Mr Mystery, “Medusa’s Head”; and from Fawcett’s This Magazine Is Haunted #4, “The Blind, The Doomed and the Dead”, illustrated by Bob Powell. There’s also “No Rest For The Dead”, and “The Werewolf of Warham Manor”, drawn by Mo Marcus; Lou Cameron’s “She Stalks At Sundown”, “Satan’s Demon’, “Corpse in the Coffin”, and “Fiend of the Undead”- nineteen spine-chilling stories in all- PLUS a gallery of “Fass’s Fetid Faces”, as drawn by Chic Stone, and rememberances of Fass and Eerie Pubs by Publisher/Editor Bill Black. All new cover art by John Nadeau! 140 pages in all, standard comic book size; black & white saddle-stitched with full color covers. Released by AC Comics in 2011.
The latest entry in comicdom’s premiere horror comics reprint anthology is here- Crypt of Horror Volume 12, bigger and better than ever!! As always, 140 pages of the BEST Pre-comics code horror shockers from the comic books of the 1950’s; this issue with a special dual focus on a pair of the finest artists to come of age during the period, JOE KUBERT and WALLY WOOD!! This special collection includes seven full stories drawn by Kubert, including “Cat’s Death”, “Heritage of Horror”, “Map Of Doom”, “Picture Of Evil”, “Northern Horror”, “The Abduction Of Harry Twigg”, and “Curse Of Khar”; and four tales illustrated by Wood-“The Thing From The Sea”, “The Painted Beast”, “The Repulsive Dwarf”, and “Weapon Out Of Time”. No one handles moodiness, shadows and suspense as well as these two. Much of their work for larger publishers (DC in the case of Kubert, EC for Woody) has been celebrated & reprinted elsewhere, but you’ll not find THESE rare gems from the smaller publishing houses anywhere else! But that’s not all! This entertainment-packed treasure-trove also boasts an additional TEN more stories, by such varied creators as Bill Everett, Harry Harrison, Alex Toth, Harry Lazarus, Bob Powell and Kenneth Landau. Stories include”The Vampire’s Fare”, The Trainer”, “Epitath”, “Life Insurance”, “Payment In Full”, “True Zombies Of History”, “Within The Tomb”. “I Was A Teenage Weird Wolf”. “Grip On Life”. and “Man In The Hood”. All totaled, it’s twenty-one complete stories, in glistening, state-of-the-art black & white reproduction, featuring stories originally published by Avon, St. John, Harvey, Charlton, ACG, Fox Features, Standard/Nedor, and others. Full color covers, saddle-stitched. Printed in 2011.
More maddeningly macabre tales from the halcyon days of comic book horror, the “pre-code” 1950s !! Great vintage reprints from the horror comics of long-defunct pulishers like Avon, Standard/Nedor, Prize, Chalton and Harvey; with a special focus this issue on Richard Hughe’s ACG. A total of 20 full stories in all, including 9 from ACG. This issues’ fare includes: “The Creekmore Curse”, “Alice In Terrorland”, “Deity Of Death”, “Suppressed Desire”, “The Demon Master”,”Men From Mars”,”Within The Tomb Of Terror”, “The Mad Mamba”, “The Vampire’s Bane”. “The Devil In Your TV Dial”, “Zombies’ Eyes”, “Howl Of The Hunter”, “The King Of The Vampires”, “Slaves Of Living Hell”,”The Gravimonster”, “Wings Of Darkness”, “The Mountain That Was”, “River Of Blood”, “The Door”, and “Dust Unto Dust”. Artists include Alex Toth, Al Feldstein, Edmond Good, Bernie Krigstein, John Rosenberger, Bill Everett, Lou Cameron, Joe Maneely, Dick Ayers, Steve Ditko, Bob Powell, Tony Tallarico and Howard Nostrand. Spooky, good fun. If you’ve read the previous 10 volumes, you’ve got to get THIS one!! 140 pages, black & white with color covers, saddle-stitched. Released by AC Comics in 2011.
It’s yet another another huge selection of classic Pre-Code horror stories from the far-out 1950’s!! Behind a CLASSIC Frank Frazetta/Sid Check cover you’ll find 21 ghoulish masterpieces from the halcyon days of comic book horror, including these timeless selections: “Yawning Graves”, “Bridegroom, Come Back”, “The Invaders”, “Doom In The Tomb”. “After Death”, “Terror House”, “The Zombies’ Revenge”. “Mask Of The Murderer”, “The Living Head”, “Vampire”, “Voodoo Magic”, “Hands Of Darkness”, “The Face Of The Fiend”, “The Midnight Howl”, “I Killed Mary”, “The Book Of Doom”, “Anything Can Happen”, “The Cave”, “The Horror Of The S. S. Malabar”, “The Witches’ Curse”, and “Return From The Grave”. Art is by such luminaries as Steve Ditko, Alex Toth, Joe Maneely, Bill Everett, Kenneth Hughes, Tomy Tallarico, Dick Ayers, Bob Powell, Al Avison and Mo Marcus. Reprinted from comic books originally published by ACG, Avon, Mikross, Charlton, Harvey and others. 140 pages, standard comic book size, with full color covers and black & white interiors; saddle stitched. Released in 2011.
Comicdom’s premiere Pre-Code horror anthology is back for another round of vintage comic book scare tales, this time around built to showcase a full-issue reprint of the ultra-rare horror/sci-fi classic from Aragon Publications; Weird Tales of the Future #1!! Includes ALL SIX of the stories originally presented in that rarely-seen first issue; “Trip Into Space”, “Ten Thousand Years Old”, “The Ghouls Who Ruled The World”, “Super Rocket”, “The Time Has Come”, and “Survival of the Fittest”, all reprinted in crystal-clear black and white, using AC Comics’ state -of-the-art reproduction and recreation techniques. But thats FAR from all, as after WTOTF #1, there are still EIGHTEEN more spine-chilling stories in Crypt of Horror #8, including “Triumph Over Terror”, drawn by Alex Toth; “Man From Outer Space”, by Bob Powell; “Dead Reckoning,” by Steve Ditko; “More Deadly Than The Male”; “Love Story”, by Joe Maneely;”Under Glass”, by Bernie Krigstein; the frontice piece from Witchcraft #5, by Everett Raymond Kinstler; “Death At The Carnival”, by Harry Lazarus; “A Promise Kept”, by Joe Certa; “The Undetaker”. by Howard Nostrand; “Appointment With A Corpse”; “Volcano Doom”, by Rudy Palais; “The Reluctant Witch”, by Hi Eisman; “The New Tenants”, by Bill Everett; “The Ugliest Man In The World”, by Bill Molno; “The Boogey Man”, by Eugene Hughes; “Fatal Steps” , by Joe Ceta; “Silence!!”, by Don Rico & Dick Ayers, and “Phantom of the Seas”, by Paul Reinman. 140 pages of early 1950’s horror at it’s best!! Standard comic book size. black & white interiors with full color covers, saddle-stiched binding. Released in 2010.
Comicdom’s leading Pre-Code horror reprint anthology is back, bigger and better than ever- it’s AC Comic’s Crypt of Horror, Volume 8!! Inside the classic Warren Kremer cover, you’ll find 140 pages of 1950’s terror tales from defunct publishers like Magazine Enterprises, Standard/Nedor, Hillman, ACG, Comic Media, Mikeross, Harvey, Fiction House and others, guaranteed to chill your spine. Featuring timeless tales like”The Witch of the Haunted Hills”, “Saleman of Death”, “Ghostly Revenge”; “Here’s To Horror”; “The Hungry Horde”;”Web For Her Wedding Dress”, “Creamation”; “Hidden Graveyard”; “Curse of the Zamboori”; “The Crown of Coort”; “Kiss and Kill”; “Clumsy”; “the Gost of Dr. Renick”; “Rotting Flesh of the Dead”; “Visitor”; “The Lucky Stiff”; “Nightmare Island” and more- many of them introduced by own happy horror host, LON MADNIGHT himself!! Thrill to the artwork of such line-art luminaries as: Sheldon Moldoff%
NOW MORE PAGES THAN EVER!! That’s right, comicdom’s premiere reprint anthology of pre-code horror comics reprints just became an even BETTER value !! A full 140 pages of full-story reprintings from the weird, wild & way-out wacky horror comics of the 1950’s!! Within this issue’s Lee Elias cover wait 24 tales of terror, including “Cavern of the Doomed”, drawn by Bob Powell; “The Different Vampire”, by Dick Ayers; “Today I Am A,,,,” by Jack Kirby; “The Flapping Head”, by Al Williamson; “The Totem” , by Bill Everettt; “Claws Of The Hungry Demon”, by John Rosenberger; “Ghost Town”, as drawn by Myron Fass; “The Tunnel”, with art by Bob Powell; “The Ring of Horror”, illustrated by Mo Marcus; “The Cloak of A Corpse”, by John Celardo; “Till Death Do Us Part”, by Harry Lazarus; “Mission from the Grave”, by Mike Sekowsky; “The Real McCoy”, by Paul Gustavson; “The Bubbling Pit”, by Art Gates; “Death of a Doll”, by John Rosenberger; “The Worm That Turned”, by Ed Winarsky; “Walpurgis” by Howard Nostrand; “The Last of Mr. Mordeaux” by Joe Sinnott, and more!! State-of-the -art black & white reproduction on stories originally published by Fawcett, ACG, Superior, Standard/Nedor, Stanmore/Aragon and more. 140 pages, black & white with color covers. Standard comic book size; saddle-stitched. Printed in 2009.
Pull up a tombstone and get ready for another hair-raising read with this latest collection of Pre-Code horror comics goodies, as host LON MADNIGHT presents a whopping 21 full stories from the fear-filled 1950’s!! Behind a Lee Elias cover this issue features a quartet of Bob Powell illustrated screamers including “The Girl of the Moompool”,”Happy Anniversary”, “The Museum”, and “The Shrunken Skull”; “Look Homeward, Werewolf” as drawn by MortLawrence; Harry Lazarus’ “Curse of the Vampires”, “The Polka-Dot Man”, by Dick Ayers; “Werewolf Beware” by Don Heck; “A Beast Is In The Street”, by Jack Kirby; “Demon Flies” by Joe Certa; “Ju-Ju” by Syd Shores; plus “The Ugly Duckling”, “The Way To A Man’s Heart”, “Operation-Monster”, “Swamp Monster”, “rat-Trap”, “The Gossips”, “Twin of Terror”, “Valley of the Scaly Monsters”, “The Shrieking Terror”, and “The Healer and the Heel”- 120 pages of scary classics in all, stories reprinted from a varity of defunct publishers including ACG, Ace, Charlton, Prize, Aragon and others. Reprinted in crystal-clear black & white using state-of-the-art reprographic techniques. Standard comic book size, color covers, saddle-stitched. Printed in 2009.
Still more classic horror comics from the 1950’s!!! A full 23 COMPLETE STORIES, in crystal- clear black and white, as drawn by the masters of the macabre, from the heyday of the horror comic book. This issue contains: “The She-Monster” ( a Frankenstein story from the heralded Prize Comics series) by Dick Breifer; “The Creature In The Fens” by Jay Disbrow; “Walking Dead” by Bob Powell; “The Thing From The Sea” by Ralph Mayo; “The Spider Man” by Abe Simon; “Quest of the Chlorophyl Monsters” by Jack Katz; “Get Lost” by Ernie Schroeder; “Death Dives Deep” by Gene Fawcette; “The Night People” by Steve Ditko; “The Man Who Imagined A Monster” by Ernie Schroeder; “Ghouls Rush In” by Dick Ayers; “Monster In Town” by Al Williamson; “Who Called?” by Al Eadeh; “Second Floor Rear” by Bernie Krigstein; “The Vampire Bride” by Dick Ayers; “I Saw The Vampire” by Manny Stallman; “Monster’s Maze” by Tom Cooke; “Box of Death” by Jay Disbrow; “Talking Corpse” by Joe Sinnott; “Which Face Is Mine?” by Syd Shores; “Peg Powler” by Alex Toth; “The Thing From The Sewer” by Fred Kida; and”Off With His Head” . A full 120 pages of spooky scares originally published by Prize Comics, Avon, Four Star, Fiction House and other now-defunct publishers. Standard comic book size, saddle-stitched; black & white interiors with full-color covers. Printed in 2008.
Another spine-tingling collection of classic vintage horror comics from the 1950’s- most from the halcyon “Pre-Code Era”. Thrill to macabre mayhem like: “The Monster”; “The Lonely”, and “V…For Wampire”, both by Howard Nostrand; “The Rat Race” by Bill Everett; Edgar Allen poe’s “The Black Cat”; “The Doubting Thomas”, Steve Ditko’s “Library of Horror”; “The Night Visitor” and “The Things In The Box”, by Dick Ayers; “Jack of Horror” by Bob Powell; “Signals From The Grave”, by Jack Sparling; “The Hole In The Wall”, by Ed Winarski; “Cycle of Horror” by Al Edeth; “Long Shot” by Manny Stallman; “Mac Beth” by Mort Meskin & George Roussos; “Don’t Shake Hands With The Devil”; “Where Man-Eaters Walk” by Joe Maneely, “Song of the Undead” by Harry Lazarus and Vince Alascia; “The Wax Man” and “The Hand of Death” by Rocke Mastroserio; and “The Bride of Death” by Jack Katz. 120 pages of horror hijinks, in black & white with color covers- standard comic book size, saddle-stitched. Printed in 2007.
Yet another king-sized collection of macabre masterpieces gleaned from the great horror comics of the 1950’s; most from the pre-code era, most NEVER BEFORE REPRINTED!! 17 stories in all, originally published by Avon, Charlton, Fawcett and others. Stories include “Cadaver Lover”; “From All Our Darkrooms”, “Monster of Zollmort Castle”; “Thing From Under The Sea”; “The Black Crows”; “Two Frightened People”; “The Grim Unreality”; “Strange Fate of Captain Fenton”; “The Haunted Corpse”; “Curse of the Bulaga”; “Doctor Molnar’s Corpse”; “Your Coffin is Waiting, Sir”; “A moving Performance”; “Mosters of the Mind” and others, as drawn by Wallace Wood, Harry Lazarus, R. S. Pious, Steve Ditko, Bob Powell, Mo Marcus, Dick Giordano & Dick Ayers !! If you liked the first two issues of Crypt of Horror, you’ll love this one as well, as it is more of the BEST horror comics from the kooky, creepy 1950’s; the Golden Age of the horror comic book. All full stories, reprinted in crystal clarity, using state-of-the-art techniques for re-presenting vintage comic book material. Special appearance & story intos by horror host Lon Madnight from the AC Comics/ Smarty Pants Entertainment Crypt of Horror film series. 120 pages, black & white with color covers. Standard comic book size & format, saddle-stitched. Printed in 2006.
AC’s most popular NEW title in years is back with another boatload of classic “Pre-Code” horror comics reprints from the Golden Age of the horror comic book- the 1950’s, as intro’d by new horror-host, Lon Madnight. Blood-curdling tales as illustrated by the likes of John Buscema, Howard Nostrand, Bob Powell, Mo Marcus, Joe Kubert, Dick Briefer, Rudy Palais, Mike Sekowsky, Matt Fox, Werner Roth; Dick Giordano, Steve Ditko, Vince Alascia, Tom Gill, and the little-known Al Eadeh. Stories include “Triple Header”;”Return from the Grave”, “The Ghoul Walks”; “Share My Coffin”; “The Doomed”; “Monster of Frankenstein”; “Don’t Lose Your Head”; “The Nightmare”; “The Dead of Winter”: “Master of Evil”; “Blood for the Vampire”; “Temple of the Beast”; and ten more, including the all-time classic- “Colorama”!!! 120 pages in all, black & white with color covers. Standard comic- book size & format. Saddle-stitch binding. Cover art by Tom Grindberg. Printed in 2006
ALL “NEW” VINTAGE MATERIAL- 120 PAGES NEVER PREVIOUSLY REPRINTED!! Premiere issue of a new omnibus anthology of prime, rare pre-and post-Code horror comics from the 1950’s, from Fawcett, Avon, Charlton, and other horror publishers of the genre’s heyday. Dr. Wertham thought these stories would turn readers into sociopaths-buy a copy and risk it!! These stories are weird and quirky- a fascinating window into the baroque sensibilities of the comic world of five decades past. Stories include “Inheritance” by Steve Ditko; “The Fiend Of the Nether World” drawn by Manny Stallman; Sid Check’s “Death Sentence”; “The Fleshless Ones” by Sheldon Moldoff; “The Phantom Python” by Everett Raymond Kinsteler, and lots more by Bob Powell, Howard Nostrand, Al Avison, Joe Certa, Russ Heath, Dick Ayers and others too numerous to mention. A veritable treasure trove of ghoulish goodies. In all, 120 pages, black & white with color covers; standard comic book size. saddle-stitched. Printed in 2005.
SOLD OUT!!!! Compilation reprint of material from AC’s 1994 Horror House line of pre-code horror reprints. Contents include vintage 1950’s stories “The Painted Beast”, “The Sewer Monsters” (by Bob Powell), Jack Kamen’s Ghost Gallery; “The Werewolf of Warsham Manor”. and the AC contemporary story, “Stakeout”. 84 pages, all black and white. Standard comic book size and format, saddle-stitched. Low distribution; extremely rare. Printed in 2002.
SOLD OUT!!! Reprints of classic pre-code horror stories from the 1950’s, plus one NEW lead story. “Stake-Out”, about a vampire actress whose thirst for blood might be TOO REAL, by Bill Black, Chris Allen 7 Mark Heike. Reprints incluse “The Wolpire” by Harry Lazarus. 28 pages, b&w withcolor covers (cover art by Bill Black) standard comic-book size & format; saddle- stitched. Printed in 1994.
SOLD OUT!! Classic 1950’s horror reprints- Frightenstein Monster in “The Monster’s Mate”, by Dick Briefer; “The Vampire Legion”; coverage of Shadowcon 1994, tour of Forrest J. Ackerman’s mansion. 28 pages, b&w with color covers. Standard comic book size & format; saddle-stitched. Printed in 1994.
An AC Horror House book. Dr. Jonathan Weir has for decades been the keeper of The Purple Claw- an ancient and powerful mystical artifact that is lethal to all things evil. The popular supporting cast member from the pages of AC’s Femforce (And caretaker to dozens of slumbering Golden Age champions in his Vault Of Heroes. ) gets his own one-shot special. In a new lead story ( That also incorporates a partial flashback of the “origin” of The Purple Claw, originally seen in AC Annual # 2) Dr. Weir battles a nemesis from almost forty years ago- Countess Arachni, in “The Woman In The Web”, written and layed out by Bill Black, drawn by Chris Allen, and inked by Chris Dreier and Mark Heike. A weird and spooky modern-day tale. Then, in a special classic Golden Age reprint from The Purple Claw’s original run, you get the complete “The Web Of Horror”, chronicling Doc Weir’s first run-in with Arachni, back in the 1950’s, as drawn by Brown and Gantz, as crisp, sharp and perfect as the day it was drawn. Color cover by Bill Black, interiors are black and white with graytones. 36 pages, 61/2″ X 95/8″ Horror House format. Printed in 1994.
Another title from the AC Horror House imprint, this book features the gruesome adventures of the popular supporting character from the pages of AC’s Femforce, (and modern-day revival of Magazine Enterprises classic Golden Age defender, The Original Ghost Rider) The Haunted Horseman! This book contains Bill Black reworkings of classic Dick Ayers horror stories, turning them into tales of The Haunter; “Give The Devil His Due”, and “Skull House”; plus one pristine perfect reprinting of a vintage Ayers Haunted Horseman , exactly as it originally appeared in the 1950’s, (except for the name change) “The Ghost Of Longhair John” Classic, moody horror, as done by a couple of the all time masters of the genre. Color Bill Black cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 36 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1994.
That bad girl from the pages of Femforce is back, with four more scary stories. “I Released The Muck Man” is a different take on the swamp monster routine, written and drawn by Bill Black; then it’s vampires in a Victorian setting, but who is a bloodsucker and who isn’t? It’s “Deadtime Story”, written and drawn by Mark Heike, and inked by Bill Anderson; and futuristic alien experimentation in “Mortal Combat”, written by Ron Clark, drawn by Willie Peppers and inked by Mark Heike. Special bonus- a vintage terror tale from the 1950’s: “The Haunted Corpse”, with art by Rocke Mastroserio. Lots of frightening fun. Color cover by Mark Heike and Bill Black, interiors are black and white with graytones. 32 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1994.
Femforce villainess Gorgana serves as hostess for a quartet of contemporary horror tales by the usual suspects among the AC Comics editorial staff. “Dressed To Kill!” involves a sacrifice at an occult ritual-with a twist! Written and drawn by Bill Black. Then, there’s The modern-day vampire tale, “Easy Meat”, with story and breakdowns by John Brien, and finished art by Mark Heike; a strange turn on possesion and reincarnation with “Devil’s Advocate”, written and drawn by Mark Heike, and inked by Bill Anderson; and an unusual location for a guarded doorway in “Escape Route”, written and drawn by Mark Heike, and inked by Doug Hazlewood. Classic approach to horror comics, done in the AC manner. Color cover by Bill Black and Mark Heike, interiors are black and white with graytones. 32 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1994.
A macabre Bill Black cover unfolds onto top-flight artistic talents on wild, way-out precode horror thriller-chillers in beautiful, crisp and clean full-story reprints straight out of the 1950’s. Bob Powell contributes the cover feature, as a mad genius creates a slab of artificial life-which must feed on humans to live in “Wall Of Flesh”. Joe Kubert rings in with a Middle Eastern tinged tale set in fogbound London with “The Curse of Khar”. Dick Ayers illustrates an Old West shocker narrated by the Magazine Enterprises Ghost Rider- The Haunted Horseman, called “The Bloody Fangs of Fear”, while Wally Wood supplies “The Repulsive Dwarf”. Reprints originally seen in the pages of comics published by M. E., Fawcett and Avon, plus a Wall Of Flesh pin-up featuring Femforce villainess Rad, by John Nadeau- and the proposed cover for W.O.F. #2, by Bill Black. 32 pages, black and white with color covers, standard comic book format, printed in 1992.
Another Horror House beauty, this collects three stories from the little-known classic series done in the late days of Fiction House Comics, Dr. Drew. Drawn by one-time Spirit assistant Jerry Grandenetti, the cloaked psychic investigator stalks through adventures that are rendered more Eisnerish than an actual Will Eisner story! Thrill to “The Devil’s Violin”, (from Rangers #50, 1949) “Sabina The Sorceress”, (from Rangers #56, 1950) and “The Strange Case Of The Absent Floor”. ( from Rangers #47, 1949) This is good stuff- spooky stories with personality, character, drama, humor asnd great design. Highly recommended. Color cover by Black and Grandenetti, interiors are black and white with graytones. Standard comic book format. Printed in 1994.
There’s something creepy going on in the AC Editorial offices- the superheroes have been usurped by Weird Men of Mystery! Can true love come to an undying monster? Read “The Beautiful Dead”, perhaps the best of all the Dick Briefer Frankenstein chillers out of Prize Comics. When a voluptuos blonde creates wholesale murder, Dr. Weir and The Purple Claw discover “The Devil is a Dame” by Ben Brown, from Stanmore Publications. Can “The White Spirits” who menace jungle dwellers be from the Great Beyond? It’s up to the mighty Jungle Jo and Lura, his buxom mate to determine in an eerie tale by Wallace Wood and Joe Orlando. One of the most bizarrre heroes in comics history, Fox Features’ Stardust the Super Wizard, torn from the pages of Fantastic Comics, makes his first appearance in Men of Mystery this issue. The Claw- black hearted fiend of civilization- kidnaps Army generals only to be thwarted by the unearthly costumed hero, The Ghost, in an early Lev Gleason/New Friday Pubs. story by Bob Wood. This is a truly weird collection of rare Golden Age stories! 52 pages, black and white with color covers, standard comic book format. Printed in 2001
One of the most bizarre and effective comic book characters of all time combined the western genre with elements of the supernatural and horror-The Haunted Horseman! (Originally published in the 1950’s by Magazine Enterprises as The Ghost Rider.) 1999 was the 50Th anniversary of the first appearance of this landmark creation, (revived in contemporary times as a supporting cast member in AC’s long-running Femforce monthly) so AC produced this special commemorative one-shot comprised of classic reprints of the original M.E. strips, as drawn by all-time favorite western artist (and GR co-creator) Dick(Fantastic Four) Ayers! This book boasts beautiful, crystal clear reprints of complete Golden Age stories, including “Spook Justice” and “The Fire Ghost”, from Ghost Rider #1, 1950; “No Law In Little Bend”, from Tim Holt #36, 1953;”Magico”, from Redmask #45, 1954, and “He Who Laughs”,(the very last GR story, from his original M. E. run) from Redmask #50, 1954. Plus, a special bonus Tales Of The Ghost Rider story, drawn in 1954, but never before published- “The Second Thunder Valley”!! All stories drawn by Ayers, with inking help from Ernie Bache, and scripts by Gardner Fox and Carl Memling. Includes a capsule history of his comic book career, and a cover by Frank Frazetta!! Color cover, interiors are black and white with graytones. 44 pages, 6″ X 91/4″ format. Printed in 1999.
A Halloween Special!! All new material this issue, NO reprints!! It’s Halloween Night, (Actually, a continuation of events that started in Femforce #42.) and She-Cat, Synn, Stardust and Jennifer Burke(the new Ms. Victory) are lurking about a graveyard to hear Nightveil tell ghost stories. And NV does not dissappoint, as she weaves a tale of spirits who have landed in The Haunted Horseman’s Limbo Void. “Danse Macabre!” is the story of two beautiful gold-diggers who turn to murder, and then pay for their crimes. Written by Bill Black, with wild “good girl art” by Dick Ayers and Mark Heike. Horror meets sexy glamour in a well-crafted saga. Then, “Nightveil” conjures up The Haunter himself ( AC,s revival and continuation of the Magazine Enterprises original Ghost Rider, from the Golden Age.) to relate his origin in “Haunted Trails”. Written by Bill Black, drawn by Dick Ayers and inked by Black. Color cover by Dick Ayers and Bill Black, interiors are black and white with graytones. Printed in 1991.
A Halloween Special!! While she is gone from her Everglades home on Femforce business, Nightveil’s mischievious cat Lucifer Sam accidentally spills that mystical cauldron that acted up LAST All Hallows Eve. NV gets home just in time to view three more gruesome vignettes. ( More complete reprints of pre-code horror stories.) “Ghost Of The Gorgon”, drawn by John Bell, originally seen in Fiction House’s Ghost Comics; “Curse Castle”, illustrated by Bob Powell, and “Map Of Doom”, by Joe Kubert, from Avon’s Weird Horrors #9, 1953. It all turns out to be a holiday greeting from Alizarin Crimson. Framing sequence written by Mark Heike, with very sexy art and great backgrounds by Billie Marimon and Mark Heike. Superb modern “good girl art”. Color cover by Rik Levins and Mark Heike, interiors are black and white with graytones. 44 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1990.
THIS BOOK IS COMPLETELY SOLD OUT< AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!! A Halloween special!! Warned by Dr. Jonathan(The Purple Claw)Weir of the coming of The Black Shroud, she returns to her Everglades sanctum in order to perform a ritual seeking out The ‘Shroud’s evil emanations. While in the mystic trance, she encounters The Haunted Horseman, Alizarin Crimson, and the goat god Capricorn. Upon regaining consciousness, she seems compelled to look into an arcane cauldron among her magical artifacts, and sees three evil fables. (Actually full story reprints of classis pre-code horror stories.) The first is “The Ghost Of Fanciful Hawkins”, drawn by Bob Powell; then it’s “The Mirror Of Isis”, illustrated by Joe Kubert, and finally “The Thing From The Sea”, with art by Wally Wood. Could all these be warnings from The Black Shroud? Even if they’re not, they’re darn good horror stories. Lead story and framing pages written by Bill Black, with art by Norman Hardy Jr. and Mark Propst. Color cover by Mark Heike, interiors are black and white with graytones. 44 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1989.
THIS BOOK IS NOW COMPLETELY SOLD OUT AND UNAVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE!!! Strange hybrid- Golden Age & 1950’s reprints introduced by Femforce members Ms. Victory, Stardust, Tara & Nightveil. “The Ladt & The Monster” (starring The Frightenstein Monster & Lady Luger!!) by Dick Briefer; “The Report” &”River of Blood” by Bob Powell; and “The Lonely” by Howard Nostrand. 36 pages, b&w with color cover, standard comic book size & format; saddle stitched. Printed in 1992.