Sunday, October 21, 2007

charlton (and modern) horror

For today's comics post, a few covers from the various horror titles of Charlton comics I've managed to salvage from the dollar bin over the years. Until pretty recently, I never gave much mind to Charlton. They had some good superhero characters like the Question, Blue Beetle, Nightshade, Captain Atom and the Peacemaker (who all eventually became DC characters after Charlton went under) and some good artists like Steve Ditko and Joe Staton, but because of lack of reprints, I just never had that much exposure to their material, and the stuff I had read hadn't been very good, especially their war comics, which were frighteningly conservative and in some cases actually kind of racist. Recently, though, I've developed a bit more of an interest in Charlton after finding out about Peter Morisi, who did some awesome crime comics for them. Morisi also worked on some of their horror comics, some of which I'll be posting tomorrow, along some stuff by Ditko.
Anyway, here are the covers, dating from the late 1960s and going into the early 1980s, when Charlton finally went under. A couple of these, I think, are by Ditko, and if you notice, one of the issues of "Ghost Manor" is a UK edition...












As a bonus, here are some Charlton horror comics from the late 1970s published under the company name "Modern Comics." These were bagged in sets of three or so and sold in drugstores and supermarkets. I believe the art on these is by Mike Zeck, best known for his 1980s work at Marvel on Captain America and the Punisher. The artwork inside these comics isn't nearly as good. Also, check out, in the little boxes near the upper left hand side of the cover, the series' "host," a not-so-thinly-veiled copy/comination of DC's Cain & Abel, the hosts of "House of Secrets" and "House of Mystery" (themselves inspired by EC Comics' Crypt Keeper and Vault Keeper)...




Check back later today for the daily film review. This time it's "Mark of the Vampire," directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi....And don't forget to check out my radio show this afternoon (Sunday), 4-6pm, on www.eastvillageradio.com, for week eight of the 13 weeks of Halloween. (and if you miss the live show, don't forget to download the podcast!)...

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