Oct 9, 2013

Horror Comic History - Eerie Comics

Yesterday, we featured what is believed to be the first horror story in a comic. Today we're talking about the first cover-to-cover original horror comic: Eerie #1 from 1947. This shouldn't be confused with the more famous B&W book Eerie from Warren Publications.

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Avon Comics' Eerie vanished from the newsstands for a little over four years after its first issue. It reappeared and ran for 15 more issues until 1954.

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Issue #12 features a story based on Bram Stoker's Dracula. This was a few years before Hammer Films' Dracula would hit the silver screen but I think this vampiric depiction has a bit of both Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in it!

In 1954, Eerie changed into the sci-fi comic Strange Worlds and continued with the numbering at #18. If you've ever wondered why comics from this time didn't go back to #1 when changing to a different series, it was because the publisher was trying to save money on their postage permits. I don't know the details but I'm guessing if it was a completely "new" book, they'd have to get a new permit.

 It's still odd to me that you can have a complete run of a book, like Strange Worlds, and have the series start at #18.

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  1. We thought that you meant Warren Cousin Eerie... we have most of up through issue #60

  2. Cool covers! I signed up for Comic Book Plus yesterday. Still waiting to get confirmed!

    1. Once you get in, be ready to lose a lot of time :)

  3. Always love the covers of this classic horror comics.

    1. That's what got me started on posting about them. Even if you don't read them, the covers are pretty cool!