Eerie Comics #1 – January 1, 1947 (Digital PDF)

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Eerie was a one-shot horror comic book cover-dated January 1947 and published by Avon Periodicals. It was the first true, stand-alone horror comic book and is credited with establishing the horror comics genre.

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

This premiere issue featured six stories that were fairly tame in the depiction of the gore and violence generally found in horror fiction. “The Eyes of the Tiger” follows a man haunted by the ghost of a stuffed tiger; “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; 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. 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.

In 1951, Eerie was reintroduced again as Eerie #1. Cover-dated May/June 1951, it was published by Avon and saw a run of seventeen issues. 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.

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