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Adventures into the Unknown Archives Volume 1 Hardcover – June 12, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Adventures Into the Unknown
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; First Edition edition (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159582930X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595829306
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,050,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Addicted Writer's Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Back in the 1940s a comic titled Adventures into the Unknown! hit the stands. It was published by B&I Publishing (aka American Comics Group) and was one of the earliest horror comics. The stories were more traditional and stayed away from the blood/gore horror of today, and relied more upon ghost stories and gothic novels which eventually became a popular series. Just like other comics, Adventures into the Unknown! was criticized for its violence, but it (unlike others) survived the Senate of Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency hearings of 1954. The series eventually ended in 1967 after 174 issues.

Now Dark Horse Comics is bringing back Adventures into the Unknown! for a new generations of readers with this volume containing the first four issues with the following creepy tales: The Living Ghost; The Werewolf Stalks; Haunted House; True Ghosts of History; The Castle of Otranto; It Walked by Night; Strange Spirits; The Cursed Pistol; Kill Puppet Kill; The Mermaid Mole; Out of the Unknown; The Old Tower's Secret; The Haunted Hoard; The Master's Hand; Phantom of the Seas; True Ghosts of History: The Grim Lady of Raynham Hall; The Witch-Cat of Salem; By the Light of the Lantern; The Vampire Prowls; Strange Spirits: Celtic Superstitions; The Specter of Little Dread House; Do Such Things Exist? - The Affair of the Ferrick Phantom; The Empty House; "True" Ghosts of History; The Creekmore Curse; Giants of the Unknown; The Affair of Room 1313; Back to Yesterday; Specialist in Spooks; True Ghosts of History: The Mary's Specter; Rescue Out of the Unknown; and The Woman Wore Black.

I enjoyed reading each haunting tale of dread. My favorites would have to be the Haunted House, The Grim Lady of Raynham Hall, and the weird The Living Ghost. I think it's great that Dark Horse Comics is releasing these old stories as some of them are better than today's horror movies, even scarier. I recommend Adventures into the Unknown! Archives Volume 1 to all horror fans.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Moss on October 3, 2012
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I don't own the PS Art Books Adventures Into The Unknown, but I do have a couple of their other horror collections: Tomb of Terror vol 1 and Witches Tales vol 1. If PS Adventures collection resembles the production of those two books then it's safe to say I prefer the Dark Horse offering.

My copy of the Dark Horse Adventures Into The Unknown was originally bought from Amazon for $26 when it was released, giving it an immediate advantage over the $48 PS Art copy, which might not have even been in stock at the time. What I like about the treatment of the Dark Horse book is that the art has been cleanly reprinted and colored - not scanned from old pages of the comics. Instead of getting muddy, dark colors and faded linework this book provides sharp lines and crisp color. Generally when I purchase archive editions of old comics I want remastered artwork. Scans are ok sometimes if done right and priced accordingly. Yoe's books are scanned but they are fairly priced and done well.

If you like pre-code horror comics then you will enjoy this material no matter which publisher you chose. It sounds like PS includes an extra issue, so that tips the scales in their favor if the books are going to cost the same amount. What I would have preferred was Dark Horse making this collection similar to it's Creepy and Eerie archives: nice paper, size and binding. This book's binding is tight, it will not lay flat and the gutters are almost too close to the pictures - probably my biggest complaint.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Jordan on July 16, 2012
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I rated this 5-Stars, although if allowed I'd grade it down a half-star for the paper. I agree with the reviewers who say the paper should be better. However, an old saying is that "Beggars can't be choosers"...so if these don't sell, you might not get more reprinted! The paper Dark Horse uses on the Jesse Marsh Tarzan Archives is what should be used for all of these books.
That said, however, the content is a lot of fun, so if you like Pre-Code horror, just buy this and don't complain.

I do wish someone would reprint the "Superior Comics" horror titles Journey Into Fear, Strange Mysteries, Mysteries Weird and Strange, etc., and others, because the paper on those old pre-Code horror titles is really going fast!

Again, buy this book to encourage publishers to reprint more pre-Code horror!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F.H.L. on January 30, 2014
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I would like thank Dark Horse for making rare comics like these available to casual collectors with a limited budget for such things. I was however disappointed by the obvious gap between the appearance of the art in this reprint edition and the original publications.
If you doubt my appraisal the you can compare yourself: the original comics are available for downloading at "The digital Comics Museum". The inks in this reprint edition appear constricted and the coloring is too bright and plastic in tone, Some may like the changes, but I prefer a reprint that remains true to the original insomuch as is possible.

My solution...? I went so far as to buy the PS Artbook HC edition -reprinting these same comics, and at the risk of being censored, I must say they are far superior in quality to the Dark Horse edition. The reprints appear to be well preserved copies of the original comics! The PS Artbooks' Volume 1 reprints the first FIVE issues in the series, not just the first four, as included in this edition. C'mon Dark Horse, you are losing the race!
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