Four Color Terror: Horror Comics



I was watching the brilliant 2007 film Trick R Treat yesterday. Every time I watch it I am reminded of what Halloween should be. No, not the murder and sacrifices, but the Witches, Vampires, Zombies, and the like that used to bring such cautious wonder to us all. Things used to be so much more mystical and mythical by nature.  In the world we live in now, if it’s Halloween, it must be SAW! I like the SAW films, don’t get me wrong. But they just don’t scream Halloween to me like Tick R Treat did. I missed the classic monsters and lurid tales. Now mind you, movie wise, the pickings are few when it comes to that kind of entertainment, outside of Universal and Hammer films, there are very few classic monster tales that are any good.

So with that in mind, I looked through my vast horror comic collection and reacquainted myself with my first great comic love, Horror comics. In the 1970’s, horror comics were all the rage, hell; half of Marvel’s entire output were horror comics. I distinctly remember my mother buying me my first issue of Werewolf by Night at the local 1st St. Pharmacy. It was issue #5 and I was hooked. Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster, the Living Mummy, the Zombie, I eagerly picked up everything I could when we went out.
Since Marvel had the monopoly on classic monsters, DC chose classic themes such as haunted Houses, ghosts, and the supernatural. The other main difference was that DC had horror host for their titles. Character’s like Cain and Abel, Destiny, Eve, and even Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, graced DC’s pages. There were very successful but often compared and sometimes mistaken for Marvel titles, kind of the DC’s Amicus Films to Marvel’s Hammer Horror.

There were many other titles from many other companies. All of them were good and gave you something different to whet your appetite for classic horror themes.  So if you are ever in the mood for something classic but can’t find a film to fit the bill, pull out a classic horror comic. You won’t be sorry if you give it a chance.