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Eerie (Avon)

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Eerie Comics
Publication information
Publisher Avon Periodicals
Format Standard
Genre horror
Publication date January 1947
No. of issues 1
Creative team
Written by Edward Bellin
Artist(s) Fred Kida
George Roussos
Penciller(s) Joe Kubert

Eerie was a one-shot horror comic book cover-dated January 1947 and published by Avon Periodicals as Eerie #1. Its creative team included (among others) Joe Kubert and Fred Kida. It was the first true, stand-alone horror comic book and is credited with establishing the horror comics genre.[1][2]

After the initial issue, the title went dormant for a number of years but returned to newsstands as an ongoing title in 1951.

Description, contents, and creative team[edit]

Eerie is a full-color, 52 page, standard format, one-shot horror comic published by Avon Periodicals with a price of US$0.10 and cover-dated January 1947. The book was released as Eerie #1.[1][3]

The comic book's glossy,[3] cover depicts a red-eyed ghoul clutching a dagger and a rope-bound, voluptuous young woman in a derelict moonlit ruin. The book's contents comprised six full-length horror feature stories and a two-page humorous tale.

The issue featured six stories that were fairly tame in the depiction of the gore and violence generally found in horror fiction.[2] "The Eyes of the Tiger" follows a man haunted by the ghost of a stuffed tiger;[2][3] "The Man-Eating Lizards" (with a script by Edward Bellin and pencils by Joe Kubert), tells the story of an island infested with flesh-eating lizards;[2][3] and another, "The Strange Case of Henpecked Harry" (with art by Fred Kida), follows a man spooked by the bloody corpse of his murdered wife.[2][3] Other feature stories include "Dead Man's Tale", "Proof", and "Mystery of Murder Manor". A two-page humorous tale starring Goofy Ghost rounds out the issue.[3] Members of the creative team include Fugitani[1] and George Roussos.[2]

Following the January 1947 issue, Eerie disappeared from newsstands shelves.

Ongoing series[edit]

Eerie Comics
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Publication information
Publisher Avon Periodicals
Format Standard
Genre horror
Publication date May/June 1951 – Aug./Sept. 1954
No. of issues 17
Creative team
Artist(s) Joe Orlando
Wallace Wood

In 1951, Eerie #1, cover-dated May/June 1951, was published by Avon and saw a run of seventeen issues.[2] The first issue of Eerie reprinted "The Strange Case of Henpecked Harry" from the 1947 Eerie one-shot as "The Subway Horror",[3] and issue #12 printed a Dracula story based on the Bram Stoker novel. Several covers featured large-breasted women in bondage. Artists Joe Orlando and Wallace Wood were associated with the series. The title saw a run of seventeen issues, ceasing publication with its August/September 1954 issue.

Eerie then morphed into the second iteration of the science fiction anthology Strange Worlds with issue #18 (October/November 1954).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Overstreet, Robert M. (2004). Official Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. Random House. 527.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Goulart, Ron. (2001). Great American Comic Books. Publications International, Ltd. 173.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Smith, Keith (2009). "GCD Issue Details: Eerie #1". Grand Comics Database. Retrieved 2009-02-07.