About a decade after the formation of the Comics Code Authority in 1954 effectively killed off EC Comics' popular line of horror comics, Warren Publishing aimed to bring back some of that malevolent magic. The result was the anthology series Creepy (and later, its sister book, Eerie). Published as a black-and-white magazine, the series didn't have to adhere to the Comics Code's strict content standards, and as such, was able to push the envelope in ways comics in the mid-1960s generally couldn't.
Now, the book's current publisher, Dark Horse, is celebrating the magazine's 50th anniversary with a big, blowout issue featuring work by Fred Van Lente, Corinna Bechko, Dustin Nguyen, Peter Bagge, Alison Sampson, and Art Baltazar, among others.
In the classic horror anthology originally published by Jim Warren and edited by Archie Goodwin, Creepy's tales of terror were always introduced by the grotesque Uncle Creepy, a kind of ghoulish master of ceremonies who became a beloved character in his own right...
It seems like just yesterday (last winter) we were recoiling in fear at the sight of Bioworld Merchandising's Marvel Comics full-face ski-masks. Never one to model their business after the House of Horror Ideas, DC's gone its own Bioworld way with equally repelling fashions in the form of hoodies bearing both left and right profiles of Batman, Superman and the Joker...
Comic books are a rich source of bizarre, absurd moments and storylines, but when you combine that rampant weirdness with the more... adult moments of our favorite superheroes, it can take creepy to a whole new level...
The magazines that gave a whole generation the shivers are back. Creepy and Eerie were the definitive horror and sci-if comics of the 1960s and flourished up until the early 1980s. Dark Horse Comics has entered into an agreement with New Comic Company to create archive editions of this classic material, as well as launch new Creepy and Eerie comics for modern horror fans
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