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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Horror Key Issues Part 10

Continuing with the Silver Age of horror comics, these key issues are basically to feature some of the companies and titles that preserved the genre during the Silver Age. Warren Publishing was considered the best publisher that carried on a few traditional horror comics.

In the last year of the decade, a certain female vampire would make her debut and become an iconic character in the world of horror comics as well. If you missed Part 9, the link will bring you back. If you're ready for more ghastly tales and monsters, here's more horror key issues for ya!

WEIRD #10 (#1) VOLUME 1
Intro Morris the caretaker

Eerie Publications would also follow Warren Publishing into the black and white horror genre during this time. During this time, they were considered the down scale version of Warren, in which the publisher lead the all-horror genre during the Silver Age.

Their titles usually featured reprints from pre-code horror stories as well as some original material also. Weird was the publisher's flagship title of the time.

Obviously, Morris the Caretaker is the host of Weird. Weird #10 is the first issue to this comic series. It had a weird numbering system and has the cover date of January, 1966.

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First appearance of Dr. Graves

Blue Beetle gets pushed aside for Ghostly Tales, and the publication takes up where Blue Beetle from the 1966 series left off in terms of numbering. That Blue Beetle is Dan Garret, and the publisher of Ghostly Tales is of course Charlton.

Dr. Graves is introduced in this comic, but he is not the host of it. Graves became the host of the title The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves.

Steve Dikto worked on this series as well as The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves after a falling out with Marvel Comics. Ghostly Tales #55 has the cover date of May, 1966.

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1st issue to series

Warren Publishing would launch a 2nd all-horror title called Eerie. To give the publishing company a nod of respect, many artists did break into the industry via Warren.

Mike Ploog is just one them, and will be mentioned a few times in this horror key issues series. Cousin Eerie is the host of this horror comic series.

The first issue of this series is actually a 200 print run ashcan that was put out when it was feared that Eerie Publications would publish a comic of the same title. Issue #1 of this comic is pretty darn rare.

September, 1966 is the cover date for Eerie #1.

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1st appearance of Vampirella 

The sexiest vampire character to ever hit comics is Vampirella. No doubt one of the most famous female vampires in the world of comics, and this sexy blood sucker makes her debut appearance in Vampirella #1 published by Warren Publishing.

Like most horror comics during the time, Vampirella basically started off as the host of this comic series. As we all know, she would become the lead character in this comic series as well.

Vampirella was created by Forrest J Ackerman and costume designer Trina Robbins, and it is an iconic costume that horny male teens have drooled over countless times. Valerie Perez cosplayed the character at the Big Wow this year, but must have done so on a day other than Saturday when I was there.

Still, Valerie was nice enough to share some promo pics as the character on her facebook page. So, there's a pic for all of you who like cosplay!

Anyways, Vampirella is probably the most popular or recognized horror-based character to come out of the Silver Age. One can argue that she's probably the most iconic female comic book vampire or female horror comic character that was created for comics.

Frank Frazetta cover and Vampirella #1 has the cover date of September, 1969.

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1st appearance of Man-Thing 

Neil Gaiman has cited the Man-Thing as an influence. Created by Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, and Greg Morrow, Man-Thing debuted in this black and white comic magazine. The character is not directly a horror character, but was rooted in the typical monster aspect of it.

Man-Thing would eventually be featured in the Adventure into Fear titled series, which also reprinted horror and fantasy stories from the 50s, but not before appearing next in Astonishing Tales after his first appearance. The character of Man-Thing's origin is connected to Bobbi Morse also known as Mockingbird

Savage Tales #1 has the cover date of May, 1971.

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1st appearance of Swamp Thing

DC Comics would also jump into the horror resurgence during the Bronze Age and the Swamp Thing makes his debut in House of Secrets, which was originally a horror title before the CCA was created. This cult favorite comic character was created by Berni Wrightson and Len Wein. 

The stand alone horror story that first featured the Swamp Thing was set in the Victorian age and the character was Alex Olsen. Olsen would soon be replaced by Alec Holland when success of the first Swamp Thing short story in House of Secrets prompted DC to feature the character in an on-going series with more of a heroic bent.

DC Comics was still not entirely ready to jump back into the horror genre, but House of Secrets #92 has the cover date of July, 1971.

The easiest one to find online out of all these horror key issues in Part 10 is House of Secrets #92. Other ones are just not out there at the moment. A first printing of Eerie #1 by Warren will definitely be a hunt.

There are 2nd prints to that comic, and those may be a tad easier to find. Vampirella is a definite Silver Age horror key issue to add to one's vault, but is definitely getting up there in price for sure.

Yes, there is a Part 11 for those who enjoy the horror genre of comics, and it definitely discusses more of the Bronze Age horror revival in the medium. Click the PART 11 link below and see ya soon!


  1. Hey Mayhem,

    in the 90s I bought a horror comic called CREEPY FEARBOOK. It was a 5 dollar deal, but later on I realized that people were willing to pay up to 100 bucks for that comic. Until now I don' t know what was behind that buzz. Could you help?


  2. To be more precise, it is from 1993 and features Vampirella on the cover. Have just seen it still going for about 50 bucks on ebay.


    1. Heya Ace, this is an interesting question. I have no idea why the Creepy Fearbook from 1993 is so collectible. It does have artwork by Dan Brererton, but I couldn't find any other info on that specific book.


    1. Yeah, quite a bit of horror keys are over-looked. Superhero comics have reigned supreme for a long while since EC Comics' horror stuff faded out of favor. The genre has had comebacks but really hasn't surpassed superhero comics since then. Not like that time during the Golden Age. Great snag, Oraldo!