Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Pre-Code Horror for Halloween 2007

For several years now Marvel Comics have been issuing hardback collections of their classic sixties comics in their Marvel Masterworks line. Now, having covered almost all of their Silver Age comics, they're also exploring other classics from their history. Golden Age collections of the early wartime Human Torch and Sub-Mariner comics have been out for some time but recently Marvel ventured into re-presenting their 1950s superhero revival with a nice collection called Atlas Era Heroes.

Now they're about to publish another batch of stories from that period, but this time it's Marvel's seldom-reprinted pre-code horror comics that are getting the luxury Masterworks treatment. October 31st sees the publication of Atlas Era Strange Tales; a 272 hardback reprinting Strange Tales Nos. 1 to 10 (June 1951 to September 1952), which includes strips by Joe Maneely, John Romita, Bill Everett, Russ Heath, Gene Colan, and many more.

This will certainly be exciting news for all fans of American pre-code horror comics. Priced at $54.99 the book isn't cheap (although for UK buyers, it's currently cheaper to buy them direct from the USA). However, who can resist a time-trip into the era of fifties horror?

Thanks to the great website
The Marvel Masterworks Resource Page for announcing this news. For more details about this book, visit this page of their site:


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