Eerie (Avon)

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.

Eerie Comics
Eerie Comics No 1 Avon first version
Publication information
PublisherAvon Periodicals
FormatStandard
Genrehorror
Publication dateJanuary 1947
No. of issues1
Creative team
Written byEdward Bellin
Artist(s)Fred Kida
George Roussos
Penciller(s)Joe Kubert

Description, contents, and creative team

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

Eerie Comics
Eerie Comics No 1 Avon second version
Cover of Eerie No. 1, 1951
Publication information
PublisherAvon Periodicals
FormatStandard
Genrehorror
Publication dateMay/June 1951 – Aug./Sept. 1954
No. of issues17
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

  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.
Eerie (disambiguation)

Eerie is an American horror comic

Eerie may also refer to:

Feeling of creepiness

Eerie (Avon), a 1947 horror comic

Eerie Publications, a publisher of comics magazines

Eerie, Indiana, a 1991-92 television series

Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension, a 1998 spin-off television series

The Eeries (band), a U.S. rock band

Christina Von Eerie (born 1989), U.S. professional wrestler Christina Maria Kardooni

Battle of Hill Eerie (1952) several Korean War battles

Horror comics

Horror comics are comic books, graphic novels, black-and-white comics magazines, and manga focusing on horror fiction. In the US market, horror comic books reached a peak in the late 1940s through the mid-1950s, when concern over content and the imposition of the self-censorship Comics Code Authority contributed to the demise of many titles and the toning down of others. Black-and-white horror-comics magazines, which did not fall under the Code, flourished from the mid-1960s through the early 1980s from a variety of publishers. Mainstream American color comic books experienced a horror resurgence in the 1970s, following a loosening of the Code. While the genre has had greater and lesser periods of popularity, it occupies a firm niche in comics as of the 2010s.

Precursors to horror comics include detective and crime comics that incorporated horror motifs into their graphics, and early superhero stories that sometimes included the likes of ghouls and vampires. Individual horror stories appeared as early as 1940. The first dedicated horror comic books appear to be Gilberton Publications' Classic Comics #13 (August 1943), with its full-length adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and Avon Publications' anthology Eerie #1 (January 1947), the first horror comic with original content. The first horror-comics series is the anthology Adventures into the Unknown, premiering in 1948 from American Comics Group, initially under the imprint B&I Publishing.

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