Sunday, July 29, 2007

The Gredown Horror Comics List

Well, it’s taken some 6 months or so, but I can now confirm 250 Gredown horror comics titles!

Avenging Spirit
Awesome Apparitions
Beyond Help
Bite of the Scorpion
Bite of the Vampire
Black Doom
Black Havoc
Black Legend, The
Black Spectre
Black Terror
Blade of Fear 1-8
Blind Despair
Blind Terror
Blood Plague, The
Brute, The
Buried Alive!
Call From Beyond
Call of the Monsters
Chain of Pain
Charons of Hell
Chill of Fear
Chills of the Supernatural
Claw of Pain
Claws of Horror
Crawling Horror
Crawling Terror
Creepy Things
Cruel Beyond
Cry of the Werewolf 1-5
Crypt of Creatures 1-6
Crypt of Souls
Curse of Doom
Curse of No Return
Daunting Images
Deeds of the Diabolical
Deadly Horror Stories
Deadly Mayhem
Deadly Omen
Deathly Horrors
Death Rattle
Death Wish
Deeds of the Diabolical
Demon is a Hag, The 1
Demon Phantoms, The 1-2
Demons Revenge
Descent to Horror
Devil's Brood
Devil's Doom 1-3
Devil's Dilemma
Devil's Inferno
Devil's Seed, The
Devil's Triangle, The 1-8
Doom Zone
Doorway to Doom
Dreaded Werewolf Tales
Dread of the Dead
Dread of the Unknown
Edge of Fear
Empty Tomb, The
Endless Torment
Eternal Hell
Evil Eye, The
Evil Ones, The
Evil Shadows
Evil Trap, The
Evil Winds of Death 1-4
Eyes of Night
Face of Doom
Fanged Monster, The
Fate of Death
Fearful Fancies
Fearful Forces
Fearful Freaks
Fearful Spectres
Fearful Tales of the Occult 1-3
Fearsome Stories
Fear Zone
Fiends and Demons
Fiends and Things
Fiends of Frenzy
Fingers of Doom
Fingers of Fear
Flight Into Peril
Forbidden Tales
Forever Dead
Foul Winds of Fear
Frantic with Fear
Fright! 1-3
Future Shock!
Ghastly Encounters
Ghost Dancers
Ghost Panic
Ghostly Ghouls
Ghostly Horrors
Ghostly Shadows
Ghostly Villains
Ghosts and Ghouls 1-7
Ghosts of Terror
Ghouls from the Grave
Ghoul Tales 1-2
Grave Ghost's Tales 1-4
Grim Ghostly Stories
Grip of Death
Grinning Skull
Grotesque, The
Gruesome Nightmare
Hand of Death
Haunted Horror 1
Haunting Images
Hell Bent Destruction
Hell Fire
Hell Pit
Hell's Doorway
Hideous Haunts
Horror Encounters 1-3
Horror Experience 1
Horror in the Dungeon
Horror Tales of Vampires
Horror Unleashed
Ill Fated, The
Infernal Nightmare
Jaws of the Deep 1-4
Kiss of Death 1-2
Knife Edge
Living Horrors
Living Nightmare
Loathsome Ghosts
Macabre Destiny
Macabre Monsters
Mad Fear
Malignant Forces
Maze of Monsters 1-4
Midnight Terror
Mind Possessed
Monsters from Hell 1-3
Monsters Incorporated
Morlock 2001
Night Creature
Night Without End
Orgy of Destruction
Out of this World 1-2
Pact with the Devil
Panic Struck
Panther's Revenge
Peril Below
Phantom Fear
Phantoms of Evil 1-5
Pit of Evil 1-13
Plague of Vampires
Planet Doom 1-2
Planet of the Spirits
Planet of Vampires 1-6
Portrait of Peril
Princes of Darkness
Prison of Fear 1-4
Pure Panic 1-3
Pure Madness
Rampage of Demons 1-2
Ramparts of Evil 1-2
Reign of Terror
Return from Death
Road to Disaster
Satan's Corpse
Satan's Disciples
Screaming Terror
Secrets of the Supernatural 1-2
Shadow of Death
Shadows of Doom
Sheer Panic
Shock and Dilemma
Shriek of Despair
Shriek of the Dead
Shrouds of Mystery
Shuddering Fear
Shudder Tales 1-6
Sinister Spectres
Skulls of Death
Sorcery 1-4
Spells of Blackness
Spirit's Den
Spirits from the Unknown 1-2
Spirits of Misfortune, The
Spooks of Terror
Stark Fear 1-4
Storm Forces
Strange Encounters
Strange Experience 1-10
Strange Macabre Tales 1
Strange Mission of the Weird Brain
Strange Romance
Tales of the Forbidden
Tales of Horror 1-10
Tales of the Mystic
Tales of the Zombie
Tales of Torment 1-3
Tarantula, The
Temple of the Dead
Tentacles of Terror
Terror Madness
Terror Trail
Terror Under the Sea
Terror Unleashed 1-2
Thirst of Blood
This Comic is Haunted 1-6
Thriller Tales
Toll of Doom
Tomb of Ghosts
Tombstone Terror
Tortured Mind
Underground, The
Undreamed of Horrors
Vampire Havoc
Vampire Killers
Vampire Mania
Vampires of Death 1
Vampire Panic
Vampire Scare
Vault of Demons 1-8
Vault of Fear
Vault of Ghosts
Vengeance of the Vampires 1
Vengeful Corpse
Victim of the Vampire
Vile Monstrosities
Vile Tales of Havoc
Visions of Doom
Voodoo 1-2
Voodoo Tales TBC
Voyage to Death
Weird Experience 1
Weird Tales of the Macabre 1-7
Weird Tales of Werewolves 1-3
Werewolf Fangs of Horror
Werewolf Prowls, The
Wicked Witchs' Tales 1-2
Wild Fear!
Witches Cauldron 1-4
Zombies From Below

The majority of the issue numbers have also been confirmed, but note some are assumed in order to complete a sequence.

I also expect two or three of the titles above are not so much horror titles as sci-fi, adventure or sorcery titles.

Speaking of which, I’ve noted a few non-horror Gredown titles too:

Strange Tales of the Wild West
Wild Western Action
Space Wars
Raiders of the Lost Earth
Battle Strike Action
The Rats featuring Delta 99
Demons of the Deep featuring Five and the Infinite
The Zombies featuring Delta 99
Bullet Western
Hell Rider 1-2

Some of these are probably deemed horror hybrid genres (Hell Rider, the Delta 99 issues), but I'm keeping them separate for now as they are also ongoing serial features - I expect Morlock 2001 probably belongs to this list too.

So keep the lists and updates and comments and corrections coming, and I'll keep updating the checklist. I'll also be adding a few more indexed issues soon.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

The Zombies: Delta 99

….and here’s another Gredown issue featuring Delta 99…

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Rats: Delta 99

Based on the cover The Rats appears to be another regular Gredown horror/sorcery issue, but it is in fact a dedicated Delta 99 issue.

Delta 99 were also featured in Strange Mission of the Weird Brain (see cover image here). Check out Kevin Patrick’s blog for more information on Gredown features such as Delta 99 and 5 and the Infinite, including details of some interesting local editions and their publishing origins.

I showed this issue to Kevin a week ago and he says the cover looks like the work of Phil Belbin. So many of the Gredown horror covers featured generic ‘adult horror’ images but in this case it certainly appears to be specially commissioned as it is based on images appearing in the first story.

“The Rats” is the name of the first 24-page installment, and the second is titled “Super-Delta”.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Ditko Alert - Haunted Tales #31

A heads-up on an otherwise regulation Haunted Tales issue featuring “A Demon and his Boy”, a Steve Ditko tale originally published in House of Mystery #258, May-June 1978.

Also of note in this issue is a reprint of “We Battled the Storm Creature”, originally from My Greatest Adventure #40, February 1960 and reprinted in Five-Score Comic Monthly #25, c. June 1960. I’m unaware of any subsequent US reprint of this story, so this may be another of those K.G. Murray oddities in which a story is pulled from the archives to fill out an issue.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

The Alex Toth Reprint Stocktake Part 6

I hear from one of my fellow K.G. Murray Toth-watchers that the Robert Kanigher/Alex Toth story "White Devil... Yellow Devil!" which originally appeared in Star Spangled War Stories #164, 1972, is reprinted in Army at War, a 96 page $0.95 cover price Murray Comics one-shot circa 1980.

I don’t have a copy of this issue but I recommend checking out this review with accompanying page scans. I’m sure this Toth piece is as compelling in its black and white incarnation as I’ve come to expect from Toth reprints, but looking at these scans I’m also reminded just how well his art comes up when coloured appropriately - I know not everyone is enamoured of the 'muddy muted tones' approach to colouring, but in the right hands it can be just the subtle touch required. Not sure how often this story has been reprinted, but I’m willing to bet it looks best on an old tanned comics page - at least that's what I expect based on these scans.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Tip Top Comic Monthly: The Complete Collection

Very happy to report that the junkyard is now the proud custodian of a complete collection of all 127 issues of Superman Presents Tip Top Comic Monthly.

No photocopies. No coverless rebound copies. No US edition placeholders. No United Features funny animal Tip Top Comics, Sky Hawk Extra, or any other variety. Not even the whitebread! Just The Real Thing! 100%!

And it only took 10 years or so... about as long as the series ran!

So expect to see a few choice Tip Tops featured in the near future.