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Recommended. Collects Strange Mysteries #15-18, 1964, plus Fantastic Tales 1958. Recommended. New covers by Ross Andru.Strange Mysteries features an eccentric mix of weird and strange tales collected from pre-code comics. I.W./Super Publishing was notorious for publishing unauthorized and very eclectic reprints of other companies’ pre-code and Golden Age stories. These issues were reprints themselves, collecting Dark Mysteries #22 & 23, and The Dead Who Walk, an unusual 1952 horror one-shot from Avon. Joe Kubert does a rare horror story, “Heritage of Horror!”, plus art by Tex Blaisdell, Jon D’Agostino, Ed Goldfarb, and Tony Tallarico. Bonus issue Fantastic Tales features glorious horror tales from Wally Wood look-alike A.C. Hollingsworth, Norman Nodel and Harry Lazarus. PS Artbooks, 2020.

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Strange Mysteries features an eccentric mix of weird and strange tales collected from pre-code comics. I.W./Super Publishing was notorious for publishing unauthorized and very eclectic reprints of other companies’ pre-code and Golden Age stories. These issues were reprints themselves, collecting Dark Mysteries #22 & 23, and The Dead Who Walk, an unusual 1952 horror one-shot from Avon. Joe Kubert does a rare horror story, “Heritage of Horror!”, plus art by Tex Blaisdell, Jon D’Agostino, Ed Goldfarb, and Tony Tallarico. Bonus issue Fantastic Tales features glorious horror tales from Wally Wood look-alike A.C. Hollingsworth, Norman Nodel and Harry Lazarus.

Four of the five issue covers are newly done for these reprints, by Andru and Esposito. I.W. also included two of the cool “inside cover” contents pages common to the pre-code Avon comics. One is an early Wally Wood piece, the other by Blaisdell for The Dead Who Walk.

The numbering of most of the company’s titles is misleading, rarely starting at issue #1 and skipping issue numbers. Incredibly though, the company produced 118 separate titles, no mean achievement for an illegal, fly-by-night outfit!

I.W. (also known as Super) did generally commission new covers for these little gems, and many were by big names, such as John Severin. In this case, Ross Andru was turning out the all-new covers here for four of the Strange Mysteries;  Fantastic Tales has a new cover by the creator of the Human Torch, Carl Burgos.

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