Horror Comics in Black and White: A History and Catalog, 1964-2004
In 1954, the comic book industry instituted the Comics Code, a set of self-regulatory guidelines imposed to placate public concern over gory and horrific comic book content, effectively banning genuine horror comics. Because the Code applied only to color comics, many artists and writers turned to black and white to circumvent the Code’s narrow confines. With the 1964 Creepy #1 from Warren Publishing, black-and-white horror comics experienced a revival continuing into the early 21st century, an important step in the maturation of the horror genre within the comics field as a whole. This generously illustrated work offers a comprehensive history and retrospective of the black-and-white horror comics that flourished on the newsstands from 1964 to 2004. With a catalog of original magazines, complete credits and insightful analysis, it highlights an important but overlooked period in the history of comics.
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64 pages Alan appeared Archie Goodwin art credited article with photos artwork August Auraleon Bermejo Berni Wrightson best art best story Bill DuBay Bill DuBay/Jose Bruce Jones Budd Lewis Chris Colan color comic Comic Books Creepy’s Loathsome Lore debut Ditko Doug Moench Dracula Duranona Edgar Allan Poe editor Enrich Torres Esteban Maroto featured Fraccio and Tony Frank Frazetta frontis Grandenetti Hewet Hewetson horror comics Infantino inside back cover issue Jack Joe Brancatelli John Ken Kelly letters magazine Manuel Sanjulian Marvel Marvelman Mayerik Michael Mike Moore/David Neal Adams Neary Nightmare Notes original Ortiz Pablo Marcos Pin-Up pirella profile Steve Bissette Psycho published reprinted from Creepy reprinted from Eerie reprinted from Vampirella Rich Richard Corben Rook Rudy Nebres Sanchez script serial Severin Simon Garth Skywald Steve Bissette story and art story credited Sutton tale text article text story Tom Sutton Toth Vampi’s Vampire Vampirella Wally Wood Werewolf writer