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PRE-CODE CLASSICS TALES OF HORROR Volume 2

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PRE-CODE CLASSICS TALES OF HORROR Volume 2

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Collects #5-9, 1953-54. Recommended. Art by Bernard Baily, Ross Andru, Jack Sparling, Frank Giacoia et al. Toby Press, which also used the imprint Minoan, found fame (of a sort) by getting their knuckles rapped by EC for using Gaines & Co.'s title "Tales of Terror." But they didn't need to pilfer from others with Tales of Horror, the (retitled) magazine's noteworthy homage to the likes of prose stylist John Collier. Art by the above plus Moe Marcus, Ben Brown, Rocco Mastroserio, Mel Keefer,  Howard Rosenberger, Bill Molno and George Olesen. Issue #9 reprints the very weird Purple Claw #1.

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Toby Press, which also used the imprint Minoan, found fame (of a sort) by getting their knuckles rapped by EC for using Gaines & Co.'s title "Tales of Terror." But they didn't need to pilfer from others with Tales of Horror, the (retitled) magazine's noteworthy homage to the likes of prose stylist John Collier. Art by the above plus Moe Marcus, Ben Brown, Rocco Mastroserio, Mel Keefer,  Howard Rosenberger, Bill Molno and George Olesen. Issue #9 reprints the very weird Purple Claw #1.

Stories include "The Son of Satan," "The Big Snake" (we're talking the size of the Empire State building),  and "Pool of the Skeletons," a grisly piece drawn by Jack Sparling (he does several stories in these issues, including the pin-up heavy tale we've scanned here, "It Came from the Bottom of the World").

Other tales include "The Slasher" and "The Beast from the Deep" (as apposed to the Bottom of the World?).

Sparling did his "Pin-Up Pete" series around this time, clearly intended for military audiences, and his ladies here certainly fall in to the "headlight" category of art.

Finally, not only do we have the Devil's son, the fellow himself appears in "The Man Who Tricked the Devil." Always fun to see how artists portray the king of all evil...

I also like "Sisters of the Witch" and "The Man Who Lost His Shadow." Weird, unusual stuff here.

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Item Code PCCT02H
Publisher PS Artbooks
Publish Date 2019
ISBN 9781786364821
Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket
Dimensions 7x10
# Pages 184pg
Color Full Color
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