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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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: 9780786493159
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/04/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
File size: 15 MB
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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 vi
Pitching Tents in the Darkness: A Foreword by Stephen R. Bissette 1
Preface 4
Introduction: A Black and White Horror Comics Overview 5
The Warren Magazines 13
The Complete Skywald Checklist 162
Marvel’s Black and White Horror Magazines Checklist 200
The Best of the Rest! Web of Horror, Atlas/Seaboard, and Others
Major Publications  240
DC Comics  242
Atlas/Seaboard  243
Myron Fass  245
Quality Communications  247
Archie  258
Spider-Baby Graphix  259
Globe Communications  267
Bruce Hamilton  269
IDW Publishing  272
Hoffman and Crawley  274
A Time of Wine-Dark Horrors 276
The Best Black and White Horror Tales 283
Sources 287
Index 289

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