Horror Comics in Black and White: A History and Catalog, 1964-2004

Horror Comics in Black and White: A History and Catalog, 1964-2004

by Richard J. Arndt
Horror Comics in Black and White: A History and Catalog, 1964-2004

Horror Comics in Black and White: A History and Catalog, 1964-2004

by Richard J. Arndt

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Overview

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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786470259
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/21/2013
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Richard J. Arndt is a noted comics historian whose work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Alter Ego, Back Issue, Comic Book Artist, Spooky, From the Tomb, and others. He lives in Nevada, where he works as a librarian and writer.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Pitching Tents in the Darkness: A Foreword by Stephen R. Bissette
Preface
Introduction: A Black and White Horror Comics Overview
The Warren Magazines
The Complete Skywald Checklist
Marvel’s Black and White Horror Magazines Checklist
The Best of the Rest! Web of Horror, Atlas/Seaboard, and Others
Major Publications
DC Comics
Atlas/Seaboard
Myron Fass
Quality Communications
Archie
Spider-Baby Graphix
Globe Communications
Bruce Hamilton
IDW Publishing
Hoffman and Crawley
A Time of Wine-Dark Horrors
The Best Black and White Horror Tales
Sources
Index
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