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The Weird World of Eerie Publications: Comic Gore That Warped Millions of Young Minds
     

The Weird World of Eerie Publications: Comic Gore That Warped Millions of Young Minds

by Mike Howlett
 

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Eerie Publications' horror magazines brought blood and bad taste to America's newsstands from 1965 through 1975. Ultra-gory covers and bottom-of-the-barrel production values lent an air of danger to every issue, daring you to look at (and purchase) them.

The Weird of World of Eerie Publications introduces the reader to Myron Fass, the gun-toting

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Eerie Publications' horror magazines brought blood and bad taste to America's newsstands from 1965 through 1975. Ultra-gory covers and bottom-of-the-barrel production values lent an air of danger to every issue, daring you to look at (and purchase) them.

The Weird of World of Eerie Publications introduces the reader to Myron Fass, the gun-toting megalomaniac publisher who, with tyranny and glee, made a career of fishing pocketbook change from young readers with the most insidious sort of exploitation. You'll also meet Carl Burgos, who, as editor of Eerie Publications, ground his axe against the entire comics industry. Slumming comic art greats and unknown hacks were both employed by Eerie to plagiarize the more inspired work of pre-Code comic art of the 1950s.

Somehow these lowbrow abominations influenced a generation of artists who proudly blame career choices (and mental problems) on Eerie Publications. One of them, Stephen R. Bissette (Swamp Thing, Taboo, Tyrant), provides the introduction for this volume.

Here's the sordid background behind this mysterious comics publisher, featuring astonishingly red reproductions of many covers and the most spectacularly creepy art.

Editorial Reviews

Steven Heller
This colorful book follows the evolution and devolution of these and other horror and novelty magazines and their artists. Even if you're not a fan of this genre, it is a curiously wonderful, weird and eerie tale of magazine history.
—The New York Times
Library Journal
This fascinating book pays homage to quirky genius Myron Fass, owner of Countrywide Publishing. Despite Fass's unethical business practices of redrawing, cutting, and pasting artwork, reissuing previously published and stolen material, and terrorizing his employees, Countrywide published some of the most horrific horror comics from the 1960s and 1970s. Terror Tales, Witches' Tales, and other exploitation titles made Fass a rich man. He even found ways to avoid the strict comics code from the early 1950s. Howlett, a longtime fan and collector of horror comics, has compiled the definitive history on Fass and his company. The lively, humorous text is enhanced with high-quality comic art, including a section featuring every cover in graphic detail. Biographies of the artists, samples of their work, and a new story by comic book legend Dick Ayers complete this unusual comic book history.Verdict Comic fan sites are praising Howlett's book. Fun for anyone who reads or remembers these comics. Highly recommended.—Rosalind Dayen, South Regional Lib., Broward Cty., FL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936239214
Publisher:
Feral House
Publication date:
11/30/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
340
File size:
66 MB
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