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Friday, October 30, 2015

Horror Key Comics Part 15

We got a few more horror key comics in Part 15, and this one will be the last part of the series for this year. I'll, of course, pick it up again next year.

So, if you missed Part 14, the blue link will teleport you back. If not, enjoy the next batch.



ALIENS #1
1st appearance of Newt & Hicks in comics

We got two make ups here and this here is the first one. Sci Fi/Horror have been two genres that have crossed over many times in film, and there's no doubt that the first aliens movie (Alien 1979) was a long those lines.

The great thing about the first Alien movie by Ridley Scott was the build up of tension. Much like John Carpenter's The Thing, extreme tension and suspense was a key component that brought out the horror element for both movies.

Unlike the sequel Aliens, which was more of a Sci Fi/Action movie, the actual monster was not revealed until later in the film, and was at first only shown in small bursts of terror. The alien Xenomorph from the Aliens franchise has been an iconic fan-favorite monster for over 30 years.

While the comics were more based on the James Cameron film or after the events, the thought of Xenomorphs and those little face huggin' critters that scurry across the floor is still terrifying to most. Actually, those face huggers creeped me the hell out when I was 13 and saw Aliens in the theaters.

Ellen Ripley's first appearance, as well as the Xenomorphs, in comics may be in the illustrated adaption of Alien in the comic book, Alien: The Illustrated Story one-shot graphic novel released by Heavy Metal in 1979. The adaptation from screen to panels was done by Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson.

Alien and Aliens are just two of my all-time favorite Sci-Fi/horror flicks. I love both for very different reasons. One is a lot more suspenseful while the other is definitely more action driven but retains a bit of the suspense that dominated much of the first film.

This Aliens comic series was done by Dark Horse, and, yes, I scooped up this key issue back in the day and enjoyed it though it was one of the many comics I sold a few years later in order to purchase a cymbal for a gig. May, 1988 is the cover date for Aliens #1.

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FREDDY KRUEGER'S A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET #1
1st appearance of Freddy Krueger (American)?

Here is the 2nd make up call. Without a doubt, A Nightmare on Elm Street movie was a huge success and during the 80s through 90s, the character of Freddy Krueger became an iconic horror character of the era.

The film received critical acclaim as well and provided a unique twist on a Sandman type character gone horribly wrong. The film was written and directed by Wes Craven, hailed as a modern genius of the slasher/horror flick genre.

As Freddy Krueger became a fan-favorite horror character, it's no surprise that the world of comics would jump on the trend and feature him in comic books, or in this case, a comic magazine format.
Marvel published this magazine that became it's best selling magazine-format comic book of the time.

No surprise there. However, this is not really Freddy Krueger's first appearance in a comic. The character was also featured in the French comic book Metal Hurlant #132 in 1987.

I am not sure whether that's the first appearance of Freddy Krueger in a comic book, but it does predate this comic magazine. So, Freddy Krueger's A Nightmare on Elm Street #1 may be the character's first American comic book appearance.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors came out in 1987, and this comic has a tale that tells the origin of Freddy Krueger before he is killed and becomes the nightmare stalker of children. Of course, it is not considered part of actual canon.

Freddy Krueger's A Nightmare on Elm Street #1 has the cover date of October, 1989.

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EVIL ERNIE #1
1st appearance Evil Ernie
1st appearance Lady Death

What do you get when you mix the undead and a psychotic killer? Well, you get Evil Ernie! Actually, there's more than just that.

Back in the late Copper Age, this character and comic broke out and became a fan-favorite horror character in comics. Before he became Evil Ernie, Ernest Fairchild had telepathic abilities as well.

It was this ability that made Ernie realize as a young child that many of his neighbors knew that his parents were abusing him but did nothing. In order to cure Ernie of his abnormal gift, his parents sent him to Dr. Leonard Price for behavioral therapy.

Dr. Price used a device called the Dream Probe to help Ernie, but it instead sent him to the Endless Graveyard, where Ernie met Lady Death. She made a deal with Ernie to give him the love he desired if he killed everything on Earth.

Ernie made his attempt to do so, first killing his parents and then 35 others who crossed his path. He was stopped and later killed by Lady Death. However, Lady Death resurrected Ernie as the undead psycho that would become Evil Ernie.

Evil Ernie was created by Brian Pulido and artist Steven Hughes, and this is definitely one of the Copper Age comics worth noting. Evil Ernie #1 published by Eternity has an estimated print run of 12,000 copies. A CGC 9.8 sold for $610 last year in October.

This comic was published/released November - December, 1991.





30 DAYS OF NIGHT #1
1st issue to series
1st Eben Olemaun
1st Stella Olemaun
1st appearance Marlow Roderick


Vampires and blood suckers are definitely classic horror monsters that are just too good to leave alone. 30 Days of Night was a successful horror comic that came out in 2002, and used the concept of Alaska's odd 30 days of continuous darkness to lure a horde of vampires to feast on the unsuspecting citizens of Barlow.

It also became a movie as well. What's ironic is this story was at first an unsuccessful film pitch.

This limited series was creator Steve Nile's break out success. The comic series following this one would win the creative duo multiple awards including the Eisner.

So, not surprisingly, this issue has the first appearances of the main male and female leads in the story, whom are married couple Eben and Stella Olemaun. This issue also sees the first appearance of Marlow Roderick, one of the leading vampires in the series.

Vicente's first appearance may be in issue #2. He is another big bad in this limited series, but he was not portrayed in the film. Roderick Marlow was the big bad, and even though the film depicted the epic battle between Eben and Marlow, it was actually a scene taken from the comics between Eben and Vicente.

Like the comics, though, the movie does end in the same way. 30 Days of Night #1 was published or released in June, 2002. It's still a pretty valuable comic for a Modern Age key. A 9.8 sold for $250 back in March of 2014.

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The Walking Dead #1 comic cover
WALKING DEAD #1
1st appearance of Rick Grimes

Ho hum. Ho hum. As if everyone wasn't expecting this one to make this horror key comics series.

No doubt that this comic is the Modern Age bad boy. Actually, everyone buying up all the new, fresh off the rack Modern stuff is hoping that they're gonna get the next comic series to break out like the Walking Dead.

This comic is often thought of as the comic series that revitalized the zombie genre in horror comics. No surprise there since zombies are extremely popular and the biggest horror trend concept currently.

This upward popularity for the zombie genre can definitely be attributed to George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead in 1968. It is a cult classic but is now recognized as a defining moment in Modern horror cinema.

Initially panned by critics at first, the film now has gained critical acclaim. I believe that the Living Dead franchise absolutely helped to grow the popularity of the zombie genre into the mainstream. 

The film was the first to depict zombies as reanimated "flesh eating" dead cannibals. Although that aspect or redefinition of the zombie was borrowed heavily in current movies and TV shows after, including the comic series featured here, it started with George A. Romero and his Night of the Living Dead flick.

Walking Dead #1 is the most valuable Modern Age horror comic so far. Although I'm not a fan in the least, it deserves to be recognized and on this list for sure. Walking Dead #1 was published October, 2003, has the first appearance of Rick Grimes, and is the first issue to kick off this highly successful comic series.






MARVEL ZOMBIES #1
1st issue to limited series

Following up on the zombie trend, Marvel of course does a Marvel Zombies limited series, and go figure that it's written by Robert Kirkman of Walking Dead fame. Much like all the zombie stories currently, somehow Marvel superheroes are inflicted with a virus that turns them into zombies.

This comic is surprisingly popular. Currently guide has this issue at $35 bucks for 9.2 low Near Mint and the complete run can cost you up to $75. There are variants to issue #1, but the one featured here is the 1st print cover.

Marvel Zombies #1 was published February, 2006. 


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That wraps up the horror key comics or key issues series for this year. I will pick it up again next year as there are quite a few things I've missed or can conjure up in terms of horror comics.

You all have a safe and fun Halloween.

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2 comments:

  1. Thanks for this one.. Alien: The Illustrated Story is a must have for all fans of the movie. I didn't realize they had a one shot back in 1979.

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  2. HAPPY HALLOWEEN, TMC I GOT EVIL ERINE 1 AT A VF- 75 $ AND I GOT WALKING DEAD 1 FOR COVER WHEN IT CAME IN 2003 @ MARVEL ZOMBIES 1 FOR COVER AS WELL.THE WALKING DEAD WAS MY FIRST BIG HIT IN COLLECTING MODERN BOOKS. THANK YOU' OP. P.S. I SEND MY WALKING DEAD TO CGC TWO YEARS AGE IT CAME BACK A 9.8;FIRST HOLY GRAIL BOOK.

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