Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Welcome To The House Of Mystery

House Of Mystery was one of DC Comics' longest running horror titles. It ran for 321 issues from 1951-1983. It featured artwork by many of the all time greats in the field, including in its Bronze Age run, Neal Adams, Nick Cardy, Jack Sparling, and many, many others. Here are some of my favorite covers from the series' entire run, courtesy of the Grand Comics Database.
I wonder if Dick Dillin had just come back from seeing Creature From The Black Lagoon when he did this cover.
These last three covers come from the early Bronze Age, which was the book's high point, in my opinion.
Most of these Bronze Age stories have been reprinted in the indispensible Showcase Presents series. These stories look great in black and white and are a must have for any horror fan, even if you have the original issues. You can order them here.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Bronze Age Horror Spotlight: The Monster Of Frankenstein

Today we turn the Bronze Age horror spotlight on the awesome Mike Ploog and the first several covers he did for Marvel's Monster Of Frankenstein mag which ran for 18 issues from 1973-75.
Thanks to the Grand Comics Database for the scans.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Bronze Age Horror Spotlight: Ghosts

There were many great horror titles that came out in the Bronze Age. I'm going to try and spotlight some cool covers from the different titles the rest of the month. First up is DC's Ghosts, which ran from 1971-1982.
All images courtesy of the Grand Comics Database.

Monday, October 15, 2012

A Mighty Marvel October

One of my favorite items from the Bronze Age is the 1975 Mighty Marvel calendar. All of the images are great but I think my favorite is this awesome monster pin up by the great Mike Ploog, arguably Marvel's greatest Bronze Age horror artist. The actual days of the month were pretty amusing too, in the typical Marvel manner. I apologize for the cropping. I couldn't get the whole page in my scanner.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Weird War Tales

In the 1970's DC Comics put out a lot of great supernatural related titles. My favorite one was Weird War Tales, which ran for 124 issues from 1971-1983. Featuring great cover art from DC war comics mainstays like Joe Kubert and other DC Bronze Age greats like Nick Cardy, Luis Dominguez, and Jim Aparo, Weird War always found the right creepy tone the creators intended. It was one of the first horror comics I ever read and it's still one of the top two or three horror books of the Bronze Age. These few covers are just an example of the top notch talent DC had at the time. I'm sure to no one's surprise, the Aparo cover to number 53 is my favorite. I hope Private Aparo didn't die too horribly.
The above issue introduced one of the coolest horror/war concepts DC ever came up with, the one and only Creature Commandos. As drawn by Kubert, they made this monster loving little kid really excited when this ish came out in 1980. If you're not familiar with this great book, DC's excellent Showcase Presents series is finally coming out with Weird War Tales Volume 1 on December 26th. Here's the link to order the one Christmas present every Bronze Age horror fan needs. As always, all cover scans are from the indispensible Grand Comics Database. For some more Halloween fun and ghoulish mayhem, check out my buddy Neato Coolville's always outstanding blog. He has great scans of classic horror books plus he's put together some fantastic desktop wallpapers featuring some of the classic horror covers of the Silver and Bronze Ages. His blog is a definite daily visit so head on over there right away.