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Worst of Eerie Publications (Chilling Archives of Horror Comics) Hardcover – November 18, 2014
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Alas, the one thing that ‘Weird World’ couldn’t do, was make available to old and new readers the entire content of those old Eerie magazines, copies of which – in good condition – sell for $10 and up. In a kind and sensible world, inexpensive black and white trade paperback compilations of those Eerie comics, equivalent to the Marvel ‘Essentials’ and DC ‘Showcase’ volumes, would have been released by now. But they haven’t.
However, just in time for Christmas 2014, Howlett returns, with ‘The Worst of Eerie Publications’, a ‘best of’ compilation of 21 comics from the pages of ‘Weird’, ‘Tales from the Tomb’, ‘Tales of Voodoo’, and ‘Terror Tales’ – all those offensive and degenerate Eerie comics that sat on supermarket store shelves next to Word Find, Hot Rod, Knitting, and the wrestling magazines (that you poked through to see those shocking, grainy, black and white photos of wrestlers with blood dripping all over their faces).
The comics in ‘The Worst of’ are selected to showcase the different art styles that Eerie artists like Chic Stone, Oscar Fraga, Larry Woromay, Dick Ayers, Ezra Jackson, and others brought to the cheap paper pages of those comics. Be prepared for loving depictions of severed heads and limbs, lacerated faces, detached eyeballs, geysers of spurting blood, and other grue.
For the benefit of those unfamiliar with Eerie Publications, Howlett provides an introduction that covers Eerie’s founder and publisher, the eccentric schlock publishing magnate Myron Fass. Howlett relates how, along with editor Carl Burgos, Fass set out in 1965 to profit from printing cheap imitations of James Warren’s magazines……and succeeded, not discontinuing the Eerie line until the end of 1974.
So there you have it. 'The Worst of Erie Publications' is a well-produced, hardbound, quality book with good reproductions of both the color and black and white content of the Eerie magazines. If you have fond memories of those days and the Eerie magazines, then you have to get this book.
And while you’re at it…..grab a second copy, and pass it off to a grade school kid playing at the local schoolyard. Because it’s never too soon to start warping another generation of young minds……..
A beautiful book to remind you of what fun Eerie was!
And now, thanks for the yeoman efforts of Mike Howlett, I can revisit the inky pages of horrors past. It's all here, and all restored to gory glory. Fascinating plot twists ala EC Comics? Nope, you won't find 'em here. Just foot-to-the-floor guts and gore, and a fascinating bit of time travel. Be sure to seek out Howlett's THE WEIRD WORLD OF EERIE PUBLICATIONS as well for an in-depth look at the business and artistic mechanisms behind the EERIE phenomena.