Thursday, October 16, 2014


The new series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is not the first time the "Teenage Witch" did horror...
... in 1972, she hosted her own series of horror stories told in the Archie "vein" as you can see in this never-reprinted terror-tale...
Now there's an ambiguous ending if ever I heard one...
In 1971, the Comics Code Authority loosened its' regulations regarding monsters, allowing limited use of "classic" creatures including vampires, werewolves, and zombies.
While DC and Marvel went monster-happy, unleashing new strips and several new titles, Archie Comics' response was this book with an unsual combination of horror writing, but Archie house-style art, which tended to conflict with the theme of the stories!
To be fair, writer Frank Doyle, penciler Dan DeCarlo, and inker Rudy Lapick tried their best with this tale from Chilling Adventures in Sorcery as Told by Sabrina #1 (1972), but it just doesn't work.
After two issues, the series was revamped (pun intended) into a more traditional title with non-cartoony art by Gray Morrow and associates, dropping Sabrina as the hostess.
It survived nine more issues.

Monday, October 13, 2014

GHOST COMICS "Face in the Shroud"

It's been a while, boy fiends and ghoul friends...
..but during the season when ghouls and goblins dominate pop culture, we felt it was time to rise up out of the coffin and tell a few sordid stories!
As horror stories go, this tale from Fiction House's Ghost Comics #8 (1953) is fairly mild, but the art by the underrated Bill Benulis and Jack Abel has a couple of kool "camera angles" and storytelling tricks that other artists of the period like Alex Toth and Ross Andru were also experimenting with.
The writer's name has been lost to the mists of time.
BTW, this tale was just reprinted (for the first time in over 60 years) in IDW's Haunted Horror, but was oddly attributed to Don Heck, even though the story is signed by Benulis and Abel in the first panel!

Saturday, January 11, 2014


Here's a never-reprinted tale of a woman who could only survive in a frigid enviroment... she'd feel right at home here in the US during the recent Polar Vortex weather experience!
Though the writer of this snow-bound story from Standard's Adventures into Darkness #14 (1954) is unknown, the artist is George Roussos, who penciled, inked, lettered, and colored this tale!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Humor in a Jugular Vein: CRAZY "Wolf Man"

Happy Halloween everyone, but it's gonna be trick-or-treat for... this never-reprinted story from Atlas' Crazy #5 (1954)
Dick Ayers rendered this tale in a style quite dissimilar from his usual Western or horror material.
The writer, though, is unknown, but may be Stan Lee, who was the editor of the line, and wrote quite a lot of the stories...

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Humor in a Jugular Vein: CRAZY "Drag-ula!"

With Halloween almost upon us, let's look in on the original "bat man"... this...unusual...tale from Atlas' CRAZY #2 (1954)
As was usual with the lead tale in CRAZY, it's lovingly-rendered by the amazing Bill Everett!
Heck, Bill might even have written it, since he had a number of scripting credits already!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Humor in a Jugular Vein: CRAZY "Zombie!"

After Frank N Stein, you'd probably expect us to post Drag-Ula!
Since Walking Dead is on tonight, I'm in a "shambling undead" mood, so here's a tawdry tale know...
Veteran Bill Everett seemed to enjoy going from his usual realistic style to a more-detailed variation of Bill Elder's work on EC's MAD and Panic, as this story from Crazy V1 N4 (1954) shows.
Heck, Bill might even have written it, since he had a number of scripting credits already!
Next up...Drag-Ula!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Humor in a Jugular Vein: CRAZY "Frank N Stein"

For the remainder of the Halloween season, we're gonna tickle your funny bone...
...with a bunch of rarely (if ever) reprinted horror-themed humor strips from the 1950s!
If imitation is "the sincerest form of flattery", then Atlas Comics was easily the most sincere company in comics with no less than four MAD / PANIC imitations; Crazy, Riot, Snafu, and Wild between 1953 and 1956!
Besides humor specialists like Dan DeCarlo, the sheer volume of Atlas humor titles gave the opportunity for artists who usually did Westerns or horror or sci-fi to expand their range, like this tale illustrated (and possibly written) by veteran Bill Everett, who proved more than up to the task with this spoof from Crazy V1 N1 (1953).
Note: Marvel's reincarnated the title several times including a long-run b/w magazine in the 70s-80s.