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Sennitt, Stephen. Ghastly Terror! The horrible story of the horror comics. Manchester: Critical Vision, 1999. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 1-900-486-07-5
BibTeX citation key: Sennitt1999
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Categories: General
Keywords: Historical account, Horror
Creators: Sennitt
Publisher: Critical Vision (Manchester)
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In the 1950s horror comics flourished to the extent that fifty or more different titles could be published in a single month. Later these comics were effectively banned, indicted as a cause of ‘juvenile delinquency’. Prurient imagery incorporating scantily clad women, limb-chopping and ‘trauma to the eye’, was often outlawed.
Tracing their development from the grotesque visions of the ‘pre-code’ horrors through to the relative sophistication of b&w titles in the sixties and seventies, Ghastly Terror! is an entertaining examination of this most persecuted and popular of comic genres.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements (4)
Introduction (7)

Precode Horrors: 1946–1959
Into The Abyss …! (11)
Top 20 Most Gratuitous Precode Horror Comics Covers! (52)
Scapegoats (54)

B&W Horrors: 1964–1975
Comics To Give You The Creeps! (64)
Warren: The Covers (114)
Shoddy Duplicates (116)
The Horror-Mood (129)

New Wave Honors: 1969–Present
Bronze Age Silver Bullets! (169)
The 10 Best Non-Series Bronze-Age ‘Monster Mag’ Tales (181)
Underground Currents (182)
Afterword (197)

Appendix I: An A–Z of Precode Horror Comic Publishers (199)
Appendix II: Comics Magazine Association of America Comics Code, 1954 (213)
Appendix III: The Top 10 Greatest Horror Comics Ever! (215)

Selected Mail Order Sources (216)
Selected Bibliography (216)
Picture Credits (217)

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