Horror comics are comic booksgraphic novelsblack-and-white comics magazines, and manga focusing on horror fiction. In the US market, horror comic books reached a peak in the late s through the mids, when concern over content and the imposition of the self-censorship Comics Code Authority contributed to the demise of many titles and the toning down of others. Black-and-white horror-comics magazines, which did not fall under the Code, flourished from the mids through the early s from a variety of publishers.
During the late s, horror comic books emerged as a discrete genre of comics. It was a time when adult males wanted something different from caped crusaders and mask-wielding crime busters. They wanted realistic, creepy, gory horror and violence instead of Kapows, Bams and Eeks!
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Emanuele Taglietti painted some covers for various fumetti or Italian comics during the s. His work featured on such best-selling adult sex and horror fumetti like SukiaZora the Vampire, Stregoneria, Ulula, Vampirissimo and Wallestein, among many others. At one point he was producing ten paintings a month for these titles. Born in Ferrara, Italy, inTaglietti was the son of a set designer who worked with film directors like Michelangelo Antonioni—who was also apparently his cousin.
Other than superheroes, one genre has ruled the comic book world. Now listen, these are just some of the groundbreaking, vitally important horror comics that have scared the feces out of readers for decades. As a visual medium, comics are perfect for horror.
The Vault of Horror was an American bi-monthly horror comic anthology series published by EC Comics in the early s. Horror comics emerged as a distinct comic book genre after World War II when young adult males lost interest in caped crimebusters and returning GIs wanted more potent themes in their reading. One-shot Eerie is generally considered the first true horror comic with its cover depicting a dagger-wielding, red-eyed ghoul threatening a rope-boundscantily clad, voluptuous young woman beneath a full moon.
Aided by publishers like Warren and EC, the horror genre built itself into the foundation of sequential art just as vigorously as superheroes, romance or science fiction. When psychiatrist Frederic Wertham published the misguided comics-skewering Seduction of the Innocent inthe moral crusade was in response to the glorious groundswell of murder, corpses and grotesquery on the comics rack. Despite the beating the genre took from the ensuing Comics Code Authority, horror has spent the following decades creeping out of the recesses around mainstream publishing, with Dark Horse, Vertigo, Image, Humanoids and various manga lines filling our nightmares with harrowing new atrocities.
The answer is probably Fredric Wertham and the Comics Code that commercially neutered many of these efforts through censorship, but those barriers have been ignored for more than a decade. Let us know your favorite horror comics in the comments. Barrow, Alaska — the top of the world. True to the title, a small population experiences 30 days of continual night during the winter.
For those new to the world of comicsit may seem as if the genre is made up solely of tights and capes and BOOM-POW-saving-the-world action sequences. But when you look closer, you start to see that there is so much more. Working together, writer and artist create something that brings horror to a whole new level.
It feels like a film made to be snuck into. The words write themselves, in ominously crimson ink on the pages of a thumping ledger found in the basement of a sealed-up property. The images these give rise to are striking, piquant and often unnerving: a jock turning into a straw man from the inside out; a Dahlian interlude with a severed toe in a bubbling vat of stew; a knowingly icky bit with a spider bite. Anybody of legal ticket-buying age will likely find at least some of it familiar.