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Replica Edition. Creepy & EC style stories from 1959. Highly Recommended. By Carl Wessler. Art by George Tuska, Angelo Torres, Joe Orlando, Carl Burgos & Paul Reinman. A very rare, one-shot magazine that features EC writer Carl Wessler, and two EC artists. It even has a horror host, Morgue’n! This has the original black and white interior pages, including all ads but a full color cover–two in fact, one with PS’s promotion, and a 2nd reproducing EXACTLY the original cover. Tuska, Burgos and Reinman do several stories each. Orlando and Torres do just one each, but they are outstanding–in their best Creepy style! PS Artbooks, 2020.

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A very rare, one-shot magazine that features EC writer Carl Wessler, and two EC artists. It even has a horror host, Morgue’n! This has the original black and white interior pages, including all ads but a full color cover–two in fact, one with PS’s promotion, and a 2nd reproducing EXACTLY the original cover. Tuska, Burgos and Reinman do several stories each. Orlando and Torres do just one each, but they are outstanding–in their best Creepy style!

Interestingly enough, according to the Grand Comics Database, NONE of this material has ever before been reprinted in any collection or archive. The companion magazine that PS has also just done is Eerie Tales, also a one-shot from 1959. This is FIVE YEARS before Creepy #1 came out from Warren; Warren’s own Eerie, sans the Tales, came out a year later, in 1966.

This is a rare one, even tougher to find than Eerie Tales, which is plenty scarce. I’ve personally had a copy of Eerie Tales for many years, but never turned up Weird Mysteries. This not to be confused with the earlier Weird Mysteries, which was a comic book that ran from 1952-54 from tiny publisher Gillmor. Not related.

Although Carl Wessler is not as well known as Gaines and Feldstein for his EC work, he wrote dozens of stories for EC. So it’s very interesting to see him pop up here, four years after his last EC horror story appeared, and here writing every story in this issue.

Wessler even swiped from himself. Here is “His Brother’s Keeper,” first published in Shock Suspenstories #16, here redrawn by Tuska (who of course never did work for EC). Tuska himself had a very long career, from excellent early Golden Age work for Fox and Quality, to a long run of stories in Crime Does Not Pay. And then, of course, he went on to become a regular in the first years of the Marvel Age, working on many of their top characters from Iron Man on.

The host of this mag in none other than a character named “Morgue’n”, who also appeared in Eerie Tales (Hastings Associates, November 1959), where he calls himself “your Morgue Keeper.” But strangely enough, these two were published by two completely different publishers, in different states in fact. But one is cover dated March of 1959, and the second, Eerie Tales, is dated November. Fly by night operation?

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