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Schoell, William: The Horror Comics. Fiends, Freaks and Fantastic Creatures, 1940s–1980s. Jefferson, London: McFarland, 2014. (277 S.) 
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Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-7027-3
BibTeX citation key: Schoell2014
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Categories: General
Keywords: Historischer Überblick, Horrorcomics, USA
Creators: Schoell
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, London)
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From the Golden Age of the 1940s, through the Silver Age of the ’60s, up until the early ’80s—the end of the Bronze Age. Included are the earliest series, like American Comics Group’s Adventures into the Unknown and Prize Comics’ Frankenstein, and the controversial and gory comics of the ’40s, such as EC’s infamous and influential Tales from the Crypt. The resurgence of monster-horror titles during the ’60s is explored, along with the return of horror anthologies like Dell Comics’ Ghost Stories and Charlton’s Ghostly Tales from the Haunted House.
The explosion of horror titles following the relaxation of the comics code in the ’70s is fully documented with chapters on Marvel’s prodigious output—The Tomb of Dracula, Werewolf by Night and others—DC’s anthologies—Witching Hour and Ghosts—and titles such as Swamp Thing, as well as the notable contributions of firms like Gold Key and Atlas. This book examines how horror comics exploited everyday terrors, and often reflected societal attitudes toward women and people who were different.

Table of Contents

Preface (1)

I: The Golden Age, Pre–1956 (3)
1. American Comics Group (ACG) (5)
2. EC Comics (19)
3. Prize Comics (42)
4. Atlas, Timely and Marvel (52)
5. DC, Fawcett, Charlton and Harvey (67)
6. Ace and ­Ajax-Farrell (92)
7. Avon, ­Better/Nedor, Comic Media and More (105)
8. Key, St. John’s, Story, Quality, Smaller and Canadian Publishers (119)

II: The Silver Age, 1956–1969 (137)
9. Marvel, DC and Charlton (139)
10. Dell and Gold Key (158)

III: The Bronze Age, 1970–1983 (173)
11. Dracula, Frankenstein and Werewolf by Night (175)
12. Man-Thing, Morbius and More (193)
13. DC’s Horror Anthologies (209)
14. More Sinister Houses (223)
15. Phantom Strangers and Swamp Things (237)
16. Charlton, Gold Key and Atlas (248)

Bibliography (271)
Index (273)

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