Wednesday, April 25, 2018

HAMMER HORROR NO. 2 (PART 1)


HAMMER HORROR
Vol. 1 No. 2
April 1995
Publisher: Marvel Comics UK
Editor: Marcus Hearn
Editorial Director: Paul Neary
Cover: Photo cover
Pages: 52
Cover price: £2.50; $5.25 (USD)

Under the stewardship of UK native and ex-Warren artist (Eerie) Paul Neary, this magazine, dedicated to Hammer horror films, had a lot going for it. Edited by noted author and Hammer expert, Marcus Hearn, in collaboration with another UK Hammer historian, Denis Meikel, HAMMER HORROR was one of the best monster mags of the 1990's.

This issue spotlights DRACULA, A.D. 1972, DRACULA, PRINCE OF DARKNESS, DEVIL SHIP PIRATES, and CAT GIRL.



















Monday, April 23, 2018

MURDER TALES NO. 1 (PART 1)


MURDER TALES
Vol. 1 No. 10 (First issue)
Nov. 1970
World Famous Periodicals (Eerie Publications)
Editor and Publisher: Robert Farrel
Cover art: Bill Alexander
Pages: 52
Cover price: 50 cents

After trying their hands at horror comics, the folks at Eerie Publications decided to expand their success by publishing the other "forbidden fruit" harvested from the 1950s -- crime comics. First out of the gate was CRIME DOES NOT PAY, a direct rip-off of the popular 50s title of the same name.

In 1970, MURDER TALES was published by World Famous Periodicals, but had the very familiar trademark blood spot cover element that was ubiquitous on Eerie Publications' covers. The entire content was comprised of reprints from the 50s title.

Bill Alexander was the cover artist, and two other artists, Frank Carin and E.J. Simpson, are credited with work on the issue. 

Illustrated stories about real-life gangsters John Dillinger and Dutch Schultz are included. Other stories are "The Slayer of Smithfield", "Terror Down Under", and "Case of the Lovesick Clown". Feast your orbs on these tales of true crime, murder, mayhem and human monsters!
























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