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Ask Chris #216: When Do Horror Stories Become Superhero Stories?

Ask Chris #216, art by Erica Henderson

Q: What major superhero can be most effectively dropped into a horror plot without causing it to stop being horror? -- @KaosExMachina

A: Y'know, I don't wanna make any of the other 215 people who have Asked Chris feel bad or anything, but this is easily one of my favorite questions that I've ever gotten. It's probably obvious by now, but I have a lot of fun thinking about different genre conventions and how they work, and this is the sort of thing that you can play around with forever, and that you can ask your friends and get all sorts of different answers and justifications, something that I actually did while I was getting ready to write this article. But it's also a really difficult one to answer.

It's like you said: When you add superheroes to horror stories, they tend to stop being horror stories.

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IDW Says Happy Halloween With Complete Pre-Code Jack Kirby and C.A. Winter Horror Comics [Exclusive]

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Craig Yoe is the venerable author, designer and comics archeologist behind such works as Dan DeCarlo's Jetta, Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman's Co-creator Joe Shuster, and Bob Powell's Terror: The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics. Many of Yoe's works are released

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Aragones, Adams, Batiuk And More Appear Exactly How You Think In ‘Naked Cartoonists’

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Have you ever wanted to see Dilbert creator Scott Adams naked? Yeah, we haven't either, but apparently someone thought that was a good idea. Adams is one of 72 cartoonists who have provided nude self-portraits for the upcoming Naked Cartoonists book from Fantagraphics, joining artists like Will E

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Trevor Henderson Adds Color To Feature Creatures And Body Horror [Art]

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Like a lot of people, Trevor Henderson has a special affection for the monster movies from the late 1970s and 1980s. But when Henderson illustrates his favorite flicks, he focuses less on the heroes than the horrors, meditating on Videodrome's torso-VCR madness, They Live's gruesome alien invaders, The Thing's poor, infected pooch and Brain Damage's grey matter-sucking parasite. All the while, he plays with brigh

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Eric Canete’s Awesome Unused ‘Ben 10′ Concept Art Will Terrify Your Children

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Despite the fact that I'm a big fan of a lot of the people involved in creating it, I've never actually seen an episode of Cartoon Network's Ben 10. I am, however, pretty sure that I get the basic idea behind the show. It's about absolutely horrifyi

Comics We Love: ‘Screamland: Death of the Party’ [22-Page Preview + Interview]

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If you think you're fed up with the ghastly state of Hollywood horror, mystery and science fiction, where vampires are sunbathed supermodels with perfect skin and wolfmen are traffic-stopping adonises with chiseled abs -- and where everything else pretty much just sucks too -- then you should ask the real movie monsters how they feel. A werewolf, a c

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The ComicsAlliance Halloween Dog Costume Spooktacular 2011

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Around here, we see people in costume pretty much all the time, to the point where we've even got a weekly feature devoted to them. At Halloween, however, the entire world goes costume crazy, and people even start dressing u

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Nerdcore Calendar 2010 For Those With Zero Shame, Disposable Income

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Let me preface this post by stating in advance that pretty much all of the following links are NSFW. So, unless you happen to be one of the models starring in this year's horror-themed Nerdcore calendar, you might not want to visit i09 or ShockTilYouD

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Link Ink — Woman of A.C.T.I.O.N., Freaky Horror Stories

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-- Have you checked out the new lady spy thriller "Woman of A.C.T.I.O.N." #1 by Chris Sims and Chris Piers? Well, the first ten pages are free online, so now you can.

-- Take a look at these freaky hor

’30 Days of Night’: Read It Before you Watch It!

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Written by Steve Niles with artwork by Ben Templesmith

The story is set in Barrow, Alaska, during the northern winter, which is a time that apparently leaves Barrow in total darkness for the period of 30 days. Vampires att

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