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Zombies: The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics Volume 3 Hardcover – June 12, 2012


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  • Series: The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics
  • Hardcover: 148 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing; First Edition edition (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613772130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613772133
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Recommended for comic collectors and fans of the zombie genre.
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As with all the publications in the series, the bindings are done right and the paper is a non-glare off white - perfect for comic art reproduction.
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Craig Yoe and Steve Banes have done it once again and brought you the perfect collection of horror tales to add to your library.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dobey on August 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a very good collection of non restored 1950's horror comics featuring zombies. None of them are the mindless choming type though. These are tales of revenge, or just being cursed to wander the world as zombie etc. The art is from many greats, none of the art is restored but they found good copies of the comics to reprint. Sort of like 'the horrorofitall.blog.com does on the web. Although they actually look better on the website than here to a degree. Still many thanks for these guys for getting this stuff out to the reading public again. It even has several stories reprinted from the original art. (which is black and white) but the rest are full color and there are even some cover reprints in here too. I am a sucker for old comics and these were some crazy old school ghouli to be sure.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 1, 2012
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Contrary to popular perception, zombies weren't invented by George Romero in 1967. The idea of a zombie is much older, though Romero is mostly responsible for institutionalizing the idea that zombies were mindless creatures that just want to eat flesh and brains. Before Romero, zombies usually weren't considered mindless creatures, but instead, were often viewed as intelligent creatures raised from the dead for a particular purpose or to serve an evil master. Many times, these creatures could talk and think. This can clearly be seen in ZOMBIES: THE CHILLING ARCHIVES OF HORROR COMICS the latest collection of classic horror comics from IDW. The book brings together some of the better and a few of the not-so-good zombie comics from the 1950s.

Some of the art in this book is quite impressive and some of the artists went on to much bigger things, such as Wally Wood, Jack Cole, and Gene Colan. Many of the stories (though not all of them) contain some sort of moral, an idea later carried over into the hugely influential EC Comics. A few of the stories feature adventurers or detectives who run into an army of zombies.

The paper of ZOMBIES is of a higher quality than normal and though the images are reproduced in stellar detail, they retain the look and feel of the original and sometimes grittier comics.

Overall, this is a great collection of comics. Recommended for comic collectors and fans of the zombie genre.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Fish on June 22, 2012
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IDW Continues to present some of the best (worst) of the Horror Comics from the pre-banned age of the late 40s early 50s when the genre was just finding it's way. These stories owe a great deal to the Golden Age of Old Time Radio which featured shows like Inner Sanctum and SUSPENSE which were designed to scare the willies out of you through the power of your imagination. With the decline in sales of superhero books in the mid to late 40s publishers were quick to find a new area to explore and many of these early horror comics feature 'horror hosts' later popularized by EC Comics and even later still with CREEPY and EERIE Magazine in the 70s-- but we can trace these hosts back to Old time Radio.

The stories collected in this volume run the range from Brilliant to Bizarre and feature some really amazing artists who would later go on to have huge careers in comics including Jack Cole and Gene Colan. This volume focuses on The Zombie and many of the tales within will be a surprise to fans familiar only with the post George Romero Brain/Flesh eating zombies which came about after his landmark film NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1967), some of the zombies in this book can still think and talk, and even narrate a story for us.

Subtle tales of right and wrong are mixed in, but they never get preachy. What they do get is entertaining and if you can put yourself in the mindset of a pre-Twilight Zone era audience you'll find many of the twist endings really surprising.
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During the fifties readers were tired of superheroes and horror, crime, romance, and western comics ruled. And as there was no oversight, there was no restraining the publishers on the subject matter, and the method in which they covered it. This coverage ranged from the restrained and tasteful family fare, to the outrageously exploitative. And then the sky fell in, and a perfect storm of communist hysteria, and conservative strawman oriented stupidity, would bring an end to a golden age. Soon comic companies would go out of business, and great talent would leave the comics field, sometimes forever.

HOWEVER, these comics, printed on the degradable paper that they were, were still printed on a more durable medium than the electronic medium of a website or a webzine, and so, rare as some of these stories are, they still exist, and will exist long after some Internet sites have derezed into oblivion.

A person can only wonder what any of the persons that originally created these comics would have thought if they could see that so many of their creations are still being read, appreciated, AND reprinted, on high-quality paper, while their detractors, like Wertham and Keefover, have faded into obscurity.

This anthology starts off with a pair of essays by Craig Yoe and Stephen Banes, and while both try to put this anthology, and the stories reprinted in it, into perspective, both end up being pretty superfluous to anybody who knows anything about this time period. Best read, and then quickly disposed of.

We then jump right into the good stuff, but be prepared. The zombies included here ain't the mindless cannibalistic zombies that "traditionalists" pretend that real zombies should be portrayed as.
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