Wednesday, June 3, 2015

When "Disc Jockey" Didn't Mean "Flying Saucer Pilot"...or Did It?

...we thought we'd look back to an era when "disc" could mean "flying saucer" and/or "lp record (presuming you know what an "lp record" is), in a Case of Curious Censorship by the Comics Code Authority!
First, the original version of the story, as it appeared in Harvey Comics' Black Cat Mystery #46 (1947)...
OK, a straightforward tale of just desserts illustrated by comics legend Bob Powell.
Nothing too gory or gross.
But the Comics Code Authority thought otherwise!
When the tale was reprinted in Harvey Comics' Race for the Moon #1 (1958), there were some odd art changes to the aliens...
As we said, some odd art changes to make the aliens less-insectoid...which really made no sense!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

TWILIGHT ZONE "Voices from the Twilight Zone"

Though it reads like fiction...
...this tale was based on a somewhat true story (which was dramatized in the recent movie Lincoln!
Written by Paul S Newman and illustrated by George Evans, this two-pager from Dell's Four Color #1288 (1962) became one of the most-reprinted tales from the Twilight Zone comic series.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

THIS MAGAZINE IS HAUNTED "Some Things Weren't Meant to be Written!"

It's thought that actors are always seeking that one role that will make them immortal...
...even a notorious role like murderer of the President of the United States!
I knew actors were a tad neurotic, but...really...
The writer of this never-reprinted tale from Charlton's This Magazine is Haunted #16 (1954) is unknown, but the illustrator is believed to be Ed Waldman, and that the story was part of the unpublished inventory Charlton acquired when they purchased both the copyrights and artwork for the cancelled Fawcett Comics line (including This Magazine is Haunted).
BTW, the narrator of the story, the Mummy, was the host of sister Fawcett comic Beware! Terror Tales, lending credence to the theory this was a Fawcett-comissioned tale.

Monday, April 13, 2015


Since tomorrow is the 150th Anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln...
...we're presenting a couple of tawdry tales about the killer...John Wilkes Booth!
Written by editor Richard Hughes and illustrated by Emil Gershwin, this never-reprinted story from ACG's Adventures into the Unknown #14 (1950) has the ghost of JWB losing the conflict and most of the protagonists surviving.
Tomorrow, we'll present a tale where the assassin's spirit wins!

Friday, October 31, 2014

UNCANNY TALES "Horror of Sleepy Hollow"

 ...but we have its' 1954 predecessor which was reprinted the same month in 1973 the new tale appeared!
Illustrated by Dick Ayers and Ernie Bache, this sinister story from Atlas' Uncanny Tales #22 (1954) was reprinted in Marvel's Crypt of Shadows #9 (1973) with a modified title (due to Comics Code restrictions about the word "horror" in titles) and a new note in the first panel...
Note: there was no attempt to link the1954 and 1973 stories either to each other or to the Marvel Universe in general as the continuity fiends at Marvel tended to do...
Happy Halloween

Friday, October 24, 2014

TOMB OF TERROR "Rose is a Rose"

Though EC is considered the "gold standard" of horror comics...
...Harvey Comics (yes, the guys who did Richie Rich and Casper) gave them a run for their money.
Penciled by Al Eadeh, and probably inked by both Eadeh and John Prentice, this tale of gruesome gardening from Tomb of Terror #10 (1953) is a classic example of tasteless irony.
And, isn't that exactly what you'd want from a horror comic story?

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.