Wednesday, February 22, 2017

More Fifties horrors from PS Publishing

British company PS Publishing are bringing back more pre-code American horror comics soon with the publication of three hardback volumes of classic terror. The sort of comics that caused anxious parents to get paranoid in the 1950s, thinking they'd corrupt their kids! Now those stories live again in deluxe collections for collectors and historians! Here's the info from their website...


Pre-Code Classics: OUT OF THE SHADOWS Vol.1
Bookshop ISBN: 978-1-78636-071-7
Slipcase ISBN: 978-1-78636-072-4
Page Count: 180 Pages
Dimensions: 260 x 180mm
Bookshop Product information:
Standard Comics did not believe in #1 issues. They were convinced that comics sold better if they appeared to have been around for awhile, and therefore they started all their horror titles with #5. Those titles were The Unseen, Out of the Shadows, and Adventures into Darkness, each lasting about ten issues of fairly well-done E.C. imitations. They also produced a suspense one-shot, Who Is Next? #5, that deserves mention -- it features a town terrorized by a serial killer.
Artists include George Roussos, Alex Toth, Jerry Grandenetti, George Tuska, Art Saaf, Ruben Moreira, Rocco Mastroserio, Ross Andru and Jack Katz.
This first volume features the Standard Comics issues of Out Of The Shadows, Issues 5-9 July 1952 to July 1953.


Pre-Code Classics: NIGHTMARE Vol.1
Bookshop ISBN: 978-1-78636-069-4
Slipcase ISBN: 978-1-78636-070-0
Page Count: 180 Pages
Dimensions: 260 x 180mm
Bookshop Product information:
St. John was a mid-sized comics publisher with a varied list of titles, and in June 1952 they joined the horror binge with two titles, Strange Terrors and Weird Horrors. Strange Terrors ended after seven issues, to be replaced by Nightmare #3, picking up from the Ziff-Davis series. However -- and I can’t explain this, only report it -- they then combined the title Nightmare with the numbering from Weird Horrors, so that Weird Horrors #9 and Nightmare #3 were followed by Nightmare #10. And after Nightmare #13 the title was changed to Amazing Ghost Stories for its final three issues.
Artists include Everett Raymond Kinstler, Joe Kubert, Alex Toth, Murphy Anderson,. Gene Colan, Bernie Krigstein, Matt Baker, George Tuska and Bob Powell
This single volume features the St John issues of Nightmare, Issue #3 October 1953 and Issues 10-13 December 1953 to August 1954.


Pre-Code Classics: STRANGE TERRORS Vol.1
Bookshop ISBN: 978-1-78636-077-9
Slipcase ISBN: 978-1-78636-078-6
Page Count: 180 Pages
Dimensions: 260 x 180mm
Bookshop Product information:
Just when you thought maybe we’d run out of nasty comicbooks here comes Strange Terrors from St. John—issues 1 thru 5, June to December 1952 . . . just cos you knows we loves ya! Artists include Don Perlin, Rafael Astarita, Paul Gattuso, Ralph Mayo, George Meyerriecks, Bob Forgione, Joe Kubert, George Tuska and William Ekgren. They’re all here—witches, vampires, walking corpses, ghosts, ghouls and goblins galore.
Artists include Don Perlin, Rafael Astarita, Paul Gattuso,Mayo, George Meyerriecks, Bob Forgione, Joe Kubert, George Tuska and William Ekgren.
This first volume features the St. John issues of Strange Terrors Volume 1 issues 1 - 5 June 1952 to December 1952.


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