Oct 10, 2013

Horror Comic History - Adventures into the Unknown

Well, I wasn't really planning on making this a related series of posts beyond featuring vintage horror comic artwork but once I started digging for info, it just sort of found me.

Today I'll be showing off Adventures into the Unknown by American Comics Group (ACG).
While yesterday's Eerie was the first all original horror comic, Adventures was the first ongoing horror comic.

American Comics Group Adventures into the Unknown 1

Is this not the perfect Halloween cover: A presumably haunted house, a creepy tree and a full moon with bats flittering in front of it? The first issue (above) contained an adaptation of Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto, which is considered to be the first ever Gothic novel. The series ran for an amazing 177 issues from 1948 to 1967.

American Comics Group Adventures into the Unknown 19

Throughout the series run, it featured stories of ghosts, werewolves, haunted houses, killer puppets and other supernatural entities and places.

American Comics Group Adventures into the Unknown 30

It was one of a very few horror comics to survive the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency hearings that brought about the restrictive Comics Code.

American Comics Group Adventures into the Unknown 119
An example of a post-Comics Code cover (upper right)
If you want to read any of the books in this post, head over to Comic Book Plus, the largest free and legal comic archive online. You can read in your browser or download them
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