Crypt of Horror #18

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CRYPT OF HORROR, Volume 18 ONE LEFT! 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.

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AC Comics is an independent comic book publisher! AC Comics is not a comic shop retailer. We sell our brand new comics worldwide through Diamond Distribution and our comic book back issues (from 1983 up to today!) through our website at https://www.accomics.com . We always urge you to support your local comic book retailers to PRE-ORDER and BUY your NEW COLOR AC Comics from them, but if you can't find AC back issues, we have most of them here on our online store. To Order by Mail: List the items you would like to purchase on a sheet of paper and send check or money order to: AC Comics P.O. Box 394 Plymouth, FL 32768-0394 Remember to include appropriate shipping for the total number of items you have selected. To Order by Phone: Call 407-767-0199 Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST (Eastern Standard Time). Note that this is a regular business telephone--NOT a "smart" cellular device--so please leave a message on our answering machine with your name and phone number and we'll get back to you.

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If you are International (Not in the USA), please DO NOT ORDER ONLINE at this time. Please contact us directly via phone or email (form below) and we will arrange special shipping to you.

Due to shipping problems, we no longer offer online international shipping automatically as one of our options on our store at this time.

International packages can take up to 6 to 8 weeks for flat rate delivery.

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Our online ordering system is very easy to use on your phone, tablet or computer! We now accept Debit and Credit--with VISA, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, Stripe, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Paypal and more! You can also order via check or money order--see below! To order on our AC Comics Webstore: Please click on the Category Links (Femforce, Westerns, Golden Age) to browse through our collection of over 700 items available right now in our store. You can also use the Search Box located on the top of every page to find items by keyword. If you are having trouble locating a book, try looking for the year it was published (from 1983 to present) which should show you everything that came out that year that's currently on the shop. If it's not on the shop, we still have several comics not yet back up, so please email us if you're looking for something that's not there! "Add to Cart" buttons will add the item you select to your online shopping cart for purchase when you are ready to checkout. You can change the quantity of the items selected within your cart if you would like to purchase multiple copies of the same product. You can then proceed to checkout and purchase your items   through Stripe or PayPal. Using a credit card, debit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay with Stripe is the first button option! PayPal is the second button option. You can also use credit or debit there as well. You can also order via check or money order. Email us a list and we will calculate postage via USPS. [contact-form][contact-field label="Name" type="name" required="true" /][contact-field label="Email" type="email" required="true" /][contact-field label="Website" type="url" /][contact-field label="Message" type="textarea" /][/contact-form] Please contact us directly about International Orders!

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Submission Guidelines:

We really love and appreciate getting enthusiastic artist submissions from potential freelancers, including pencillers, inkers, letterers and colorists wanting to do comic books, but please DO NOT send ANY attachments to this email address.

Please send links to your artwork posted somewhere online (for example, on a showcase/gallery website to show off your artwork)  and we'll check them out.

If you have your art posted somewhere online on a site that you could send us a link to, that would be great!

We would like you to be able to demonstrate some ability to produce reasonably effective comic book continuity ( Six or seven pages utilizing multiple panels telling a story or sequence of a story) with attractive people/superheroes/superheroines.

Ideally, we would like to see four or five of those pages with depictions of mundane everyday scenes to give us an idea of the quality of the comic artwork by itself before we make a decision to move the discussion along.

While we do not strictly have a "House Style", we do prefer material that will lend itself to "classic American style comic books". We don't care if it's the 40's, 50's , 1960's, 1970's , 1980's or even 1990's style, we can probably find somewhere your material will work.

We've gotten several people sending us "paintings"--and being indignant when we've told them "No, this is wrong."

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We are also potentially interested in publishing previously established comic book creators and/or established comic book properties as creator owned comics.  That means, if we've heard of you and we like you, we might be interested!

Please DO NOT send unsolicited characters, concepts or comic books. THIS MEANS PLEASE DON"T SEND US ANYTHING,   PLEASE ASK US FIRST.

Please, no comic book titles, no proprietary characters or anything related specifically to your concept should ever be sent to us at this time. Contact us directly via phone, email and/or regular mail and we'll get back to you.

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Though Comic Book Stores

We sell our brand new comics to comic stores worldwide through Diamond Distribution. We always urge you to support your local comic book retailers to PRE-ORDER and BUY your NEW COLOR AC Comics from them. Go to your local comic book shop and ask for Diamond Previews. Look under "AC Comics" in the Diamond Distribution Previews catalog. You will see a listing that's an advance order --that's a couple of months ahead of when it will actually ship to the comic shop. Ask the store owner to order the comic book for you. You will then get the comic books in-store in a few months and be able to buy it at cover price or less.